Speaking after seeing his side lose 2-0 away to Sky Bet League 2 side Shrewsbury Town, manager Paul Cook was unwilling to put too much stock in the result.
The Spireites conceded headed goals from James Collins and Craig Durrans either side of half time to lose for the first time in their pre-season campaign. The team still have four weeks before their league season gets underway at Leyton Orient on Saturday, August 9.
Cook said: “We had a chat in the dressing room after the game- but we’re trying to get ready for Orient away. Today we’ve been turned over by what looks like a very strong Shrewsbury team that look like they’re going to have a good season. We’ve had good chances to score, which we haven’t taken, and then we’ve conceded a couple of poor goals.”
Just over a week back into training, the squad is looking for fitness more than for positive scorelines, something the manager was keen to point out.
He said: “We’re training very hard and the lads did three session yesterday afternoon, but we’re not preparing for games at the minute, so results are not the most important thing.”
Cook is looking to bring in players ahead of the new season, but stressed the importance of patience from the supporters as the club go about finding the most suitable acquisitions.
He said: “We know that the numbers are not great, so we must keep looking to get the right people in. We’ve just got to be careful that everyone stays patient with what’s going on.
“Last season we put the squad together quite quickly, this season it’s proving more difficult. We’re doing everything we can to make ourselves better and stronger and it doesn’t happen in a day.”