The Spireites youth team came away with a goalless draw in the Youth Alliance Cup game at Wrexham despite having to labour with 10 men for over half an hour.
Ify Ofoegbu saw red for Chesterfield but the defence stood firm and could have still won the game.
Academy manager Mark Smith saw plenty of room for improvement but was satisfied to come away with a result.
He said: “When you’ve played the last 35 minutes with ten men and you don’t concede and come away with a draw you’ve got to be quite pleased when you look at it logically. There were a lot of things within the game that I wasn’t happy with when we were playing 11 v 11.
"I thought we were a bit hesitant and defended on the edge. We gave them too many opportunities to score and I didn’t see a lot of thought in how we were playing, there are certainly areas to improve.”
Smith also had no complaints with the sending off but believes Ofoegbu will respond in the right way: “Yes, I agreed with the sending off. If they raise their hand and put it in somebody’s face it’s a sending off.
"If it’s a red card in the men’s game then it’s got to be a red in ours because we’re trying to teach them to become professionals. I was disappointed with Ify, he lost his composure but he’s assured me he’ll learn from it. He let his team down, he put his team in a situation that could have lost them the game through an act of stupidity on his behalf but he has apologised to the lads.”
As you’d expect, there were plenty of chances for Wrexham but the Spireites also had chances of their own to win the game. They were without striker Ricky German and goalkeeper Dylan Parkin who were both involved with the first team at the weekend.
Smith’s side face Notts County next Saturday and there’s work to be done ahead of that game: “It’ll be the third time we’ve faced Notts County since the start of pre-season, it’s one of the toughest games of the season in our league,” he said.
“We played them in the cup and we drew 1-1 when we were in a winning position. Hopefully we’ll have a few more who are at it and play to the level they’re capable of playing.”
Chesterfield: Jones (gk), Ofoegbu, Wakefield, Taylor, Smith, Hand, Rowley, Brownell, Sennett, Phillips, Darwent