Spireites boss Paul Cook admitted his disappointment at Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy exit, despite believing that his young side acquitted themselves wellSean McAllister and Gary McSheffrey put an end to any hopes Chesterfield held of reaching the final for the second season running, defeating the Spireites at Glanfrod Park.
Cook said: “The lads are very disappointed because they acquitted themselves very well. Scunthorpe is a difficult place to go to at the best of times, but it was a difficult game for our young boys tonight.
"Of course I am pleased with them, because you are trying to create something at a football club that can move the ball and play the game."
The young Spireites side put on a spirited performance, and Cook insists that the mistakes made will benefit the squad in the long run.
The manager said: “Tonight we had a lot of lads who made their debuts, so that was really pleasing to see. The biggest thing about football is that you have to make mistakes because the only way you ever learn is by making mistakes. It is hard because when you are in the first team on a stage, you get punished, and we got punished by mistakes tonight."
With this weekend's scheduled fixture with Swindon Town postponed, Cook can now concentrate on welcoming players back into his squad for the visit of Scunthorpe next Saturday.
He said: “We can look forward to playing Scunthorpe at home in ten days with a lot stronger squad. The ten days means we can get stuck into the likes of Gary Roberts, with the likelihood that Jay O’Shea will be fit, Sam Clucas can come in, and Ian Evatt is back.
"We are really pleased that the Swindon game has been postponed, and we look forward to seeing Scunthorpe at home.”