After a valiant 2-1 defeat to neighbours Sheffield United at the Proact, midfielder Connor Dimaio believed that Chesterfield were hard-done to after coming up short.
The former Blades midfielder, was one of several players who impressed on the night and he feels that with a bit more luck the Spireites could have come out with a better result.
“All the lads have put massive effort in there, I think we deserved more - at least a draw, but credit to the lads for putting on a good show,” he told iFollow.
In the defeat, Chesterfield took the lead in the 32nd minute, thanks to a well worked move that allowed striker Chris O’Grady to slot home his first goal for the club from six-yards out.
On the move, Dimaio said: “It’s come from Charlie Wakefield and Laurence Maguire at the back, a little bounce and then Charlie’s played it through to Delial (Brewster), who’s played a lovely ball across to Chris for a good finish.”
Dimaio was accompanied in what proved to be a dynamic midfield, by new signing Bradley Barry and recent academy graduate Wakefield, aged 17.
It’s one of several partnerships that have been tried out in pre-season and during the second half with Wakefield being replaced by new signing Jak McCourt, Dimaio was placed into a more advanced position in midfield.
Despite the number of changes, Dimaio says that he is happy to play in both roles and that the team has options.
“It works really well,” he said. “We mix it up so we’ve got a good partnership with all of us.
“Charlie’s done brilliant since he’s come in, he’s the fittest lad there and he’s shown tonight what a good player he is.
“I’m happy either way, I’ll play anywhere for this team.”
A key factor in the team’s competitiveness with the now Championship side was their fitness levels.
Manager Gary Caldwell declared himself pleased with the high level of energy on display and over the course of the summer, with the Ireland U21 international very much in agreement.
He added: “I feel really fit, I’ve felt fit since the day we came back, we’ve come in early, worked hard and all the lads have come in fitter than last season."