The youth team lost 1-0 at the weekend to Bradford City, handing the West Yorkshire side the league title, but manager Mark Smith insists that the performance of the team is the most important thing.
“We asked the lads for a performance before the game because the game before we were beaten,” said Smith. “We asked them to get back to some kind of intensity in their performance and be brave on the ball because I thought we had got too far away from how we try and play.
“I asked them to be a bit braver on the ball and make better decisions when we’re in possession instead of hiding behind the excuse of ‘this is what the coach tells us.’
"We created some good chances but we missed four or five one-on-ones. We also missed some other chances and then we got done with a sucker punch."
The result leaves Chesterfield with only pride to play for as they come towards the end of the season but Smith believes that his team has been successful this year and he is happy with how the season has gone.
He said: “All in all I think we did alright so I am not too despondent. It’s a defeat and we don’t want to finish the season on three or four defeats because they don’t deserve that.
"They’ve done really well over the season and we’ve got the performance now, we’re just lacking the results. Hopefully that will come in the last game of the season.
“Winning the league is not the main point, we want to develop players, but the two can go hand in hand. If you’re in a team that’s successful you tend to produce more players because they’re in a confident environment, whereas if you’re getting beaten every week you’re in a negative environment and that affects your confidence and development.
"It’s been good this year. We have had two players offered contracts, we could have had a few more but at least it’s a start and we’ve got to build on it now.”