Chesterfield caretaker manager Tommy Wright revealed his disappointment after the Spireites slipped to their first defeat under his tutelage following a 2-0 defeat against Morecambe in sodden conditions beside the Lancashire seaside.
Gary McDonald fired the hosts in front on the stroke of half time, rifling home Richard Brodie's far post cross to give The Shrimps the lead against the run of play and just seven minutes into the second half Jim Bentley's side doubled their advantage courtesy of Lewis Alessandra's side-footed volley.
It meant that the Spireites' search for an away win continues after picking up just three points from a possible 15 on the road and the defeat also spelt an end to their impressive nine-game unbeaten run, leaving the Scotsman to ponder what could have been after a promising first-half display.
"I thought in the first half, we played well," Wright told the club's media in the stormy weather at full-time.
"I thought we had three or four really good chances, but we gave away the goal just before half time. The second half was not good enough, we were second best all over the park. It was probably a game of two halves, one we should have been leading at half time but credit to Morecambe, they were by far the better team.
"You've got to take your chances at this level, the first goal is so important. But I was pleased with the way we played in the first half. I thought we got it down, the front two were lively but we conceded a goal just before half time and the second half was just not good enough. We looked like second best."
On-loan Crawley Town forward Richard Brodie was a constant thorn in the Spireites' side throughout the contest amidst swirling winds up north, providing both crosses for McDonald and Alessandra to secure all three points for The Shrimps. The 25-year-old striker scored 13 goals in 45 appearances for The Red Devils on their way to the Conference title before being loaned to Fleetwood Town last season where he bagged nine goals in 34 appearances.
The former England C international penned a six-month loan deal at the Globe Arena this summer and the Dunfermline-born caretaker was left disappointed with how his side defended against a rampant Brodie and co.
"He [Brodie] shouldn't have been allowed to get the cross in," Wright said about Morecambe's opener.
"He was in a difficult position with his back to goal and he managed to get a cross into the box and once balls come into the box, we've got to deal with them and we didn't. So we're disappointed on two fronts.
"We've got to mark. They defended well in the first half and got three or four blocks in when we had chances and we didn't do that today. We didn't defend well enough and I'm very disappointed with the second half performance."
Chesterfield make the journey to Hampshire on Saturday to face an Aldershot side who will be smarting after throwing away a three-goal cushion to succumb to a 4-3 defeat against Torquay United at Plainmoor on Tuesday evening and Wright expects a reaction from his charges.
"It's our first defeat and we need to be stronger mentally," he added.
"Once you go behind, you need to keep your shape and discipline and that was the biggest disappointment. We were second best all over the park.
"But if we play like we did in the first half, we can bounce back at Aldershot. They're good players and they've got to bounce back.
"They've let themselves and the travelling fans down tonight but it's my job to get them up and ready for Aldershot."
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