Ritchie Humphreys came on as a second half substitute in one of his longer appearances of the season against Bradford City on Saturday, as Chesterfield lost their sixth league game in a row.
The experienced campaigner came on for the injured Drew Talbot in the 1-0 loss and said he enjoyed receiving the opportunity on the field, despite the eventual result.
He said: “I always tell the lads who have been out of the team that they have to stay on top of their game as much as they can. You don’t know when you are going to be called upon.
“I was called upon today and I enjoyed being on the pitch, but like any other game I have ever played, if I’ve lost it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just so disappointing.”
The Spireites have a number of experienced players who have played in the top two divisions and Humphreys explained that having experienced heads can help in situations like the one his side find themselves in.
“Myself, Ian (Evatt), Hirdy (Sam Hird) and Sylvan (Ebanks-Blake) have been in these situations before and they are not nice because your life as a footballer is all about winning games and you are judged on performances.
“We will have to get everyone bubbly and back on the training ground as soon as we can and boost the confidence.
“These things happen in football, you have got to find a way out of it, it is up to us, that is what we are paid to do. Whoever goes out on a Saturday has to get results for the football club.”
The players and staff are now already looking ahead to Boxing Day as Chesterfield travel to Peterborough United looking to put things right, and Humphreys said footballers have to make sacrifices during the festive period.
“Christmas as a footballer has always been the same for me, I have been doing it since I was 16, and it’s about training and matches.
“There are sacrifices to be made of course, but I wouldn’t change any of the sacrifices I have made because it means I have been in the game for 20 years, the game I absolutely love.
"I have children who will be up on Christmas morning opening their presents but this is our life and I wouldn’t change it. It’s about preparing for Boxing Day now.