Spirietes captain Sam Morsy spoke to Player after the play-off semi-final defeat at Deepdale, reflecting on the match and the disappointment of exiting the promotion race.
After a bright Chesterfield opening, Jermaine Beckford again scored a Preston opener before a second half Joe Garner penalty and a Beckford wonder strike gave North End a 3-0 win on the day.
The scoreline was cruel on the Spireites however, as the visitor dominated possession for long periods but, as in the first leg, were unable to convert promising attacking play into goals.
"I thought we were comfortable," said Morsy. "I thought we had a really big chance and in these sort of games you have to take advantage of your chances.
"They scored a goal through Jermaine Beckford, it was a clinical finish, and I think it was down to fine margins today. The lads and the staff have done themselves proud and it's been a fantastic season for us, some great achievements and we'll go again next season."
"The fans were terrific again, but it just wasn't to be."
The result ends the 2014/15 campaign for Chesterfield, and while Morsy is saddened for it to be over now and not ending at Wembley, he was proud of his team's work this year.
"It's a difficult way to end the season," he said. "But you can't win everything. We've had an unbelievable amount of success in the last two seasons.
"We gave it everything we had and we truly believed we could have been promoted this season, unfortunately it didn't happen but we'll go again."
"I've been privileged to captain the club this season, it's been an unbelievable two seasons for me. The gaffer, the staff and all my team mates have been great and we've had a great two seasons together."