Drew Talbot made his return from injury on Saturday, playing the second 45 minutes in Chesterfield’s 3-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
First half goals from Max Power, Reece James and Michael Jacobs gave the hosts a comfortable lead going into the break.
Ollie Banks pulled one back for the Spireites late on, and despite sustained pressure in the second half Danny Wilson suffered his first defeat as Spireites manager.
Talbot replaced Chris Herd at the break, making his return after suffering a hamstring injury in December, and playing in the right of midfield the long-serving Spireite appreciated getting the playing time.
“That was probably one of my first positions anyway," Talbot said. "It was tough, their left wingback was getting in a little bit in the first half, so the gaffer wanted to try and cut that off.
“Minutes are important to me and I want to get as many minutes as possible and get myself back to the level I was at before.
“Just before I got this hamstring injury I felt like I was getting back to something that I was content with, any minutes are good minutes and I was pleased with how I played.”
Talbot believes that he and his team-mates put a lot of effort into the second half to try and respond to the three goal deficit they faced.
“There are a lot of positives from the second half and we showed how good a team we were, because they got nervous a little bit and the fans got on them a because of what happened here midweek.”
The experienced defender said maybe the occasion of playing in a big stadium got to some of the players, something that the Spireites first-team coach had mentioned.
“Chris Morgan mentioned something to us, maybe it was the stadium. We come to a big club and some players get a bit affected. Personally it wouldn’t affect me, maybe we gave them a bit too much respect.
“We know they are a good team and maybe we were too wary of them rather than playing our own game as we have done in the last two games. In the second half we had a bit more belief and that showed.”