Paul Cook was left disappointed with his side’s performance after a 2-1 defeat at home to struggling Plymouth Argyle
Plymouth dominated for large parts and took a two-goal lead into the break through a stunning strike from Joe Bryan and a goal from defender Curtis Nelson.
Guy Branston did put through his own goal in the second half to give the Spireites a glimmer of hope, however it was John Sheridan’s side that came out on top.
Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, Cook’s pain was plain to see. He said: “We are sick tonight, we are hurt.
“We’ve had a couple of really big games: Torquay, Rotherham and tonight and we haven’t turned up in any shape or form. We’ve been inconsistent all year and we still are today.
“Unfortunately for us sometimes, we have that habit of turning up and not playing. Sometimes we play really well and we think we’ve turned a corner; we haven’t turned a corner.
“We give goals away from set plays and we have no aggression in our defending. You are supposed to have leaders in your team, you are supposed to have people that can set an example because that’s what we’re all looking for. Unfortunately for us today, we don’t have those ingrediants. My job is to certainly put it into the club.
“Football is changing. You look through the results in the league tonight and there are always these results. What my job is to transform the club so when we don’t play well, we don’t lose.”
Alex Henshall was introduced ten minutes after the break and made an instant impact, crossing the ball for Branston to put through his own goal, but Cook was left frustrated.
He added: “Henshall come and put two or three great balls in [the box], and then we stopped getting the ball out to him. We tinkered and we changed with formations, but you’ve got to have fire in your belly. You’ve got to have desire.”
The Spireites remain four points off Bradford, who occupy the last play-off spot, and head to Fleetwood on Saturday knowing that only a win will do to keep their hopes alive.