Jay O’Shea spoke to PlayerHD after Chesterfield’s 4-0 home defeat to Swindon Town on Saturday, a result that lead to the departure of manager Dean Saunders.
The visitors scored two early goals through Nicky Ajose and Louis Thompson, which set the tempo for the rest of the game at a rain-sodden Proact Stadium.
O’Shea admitted that his team must start better and stop conceding silly goals: “We had a terrible start, we gifted them two goals and we found ourselves 2-0 down within 15 minutes.
“We actually started to play well, but being 2-0 down, it was too late to start playing well. We need to start better and stop giving away ridiculous goals, it’s everyone though, it’s just not at the back, it’s everywhere.
“Everyone has not been preforming well enough and we have to get it together for the next few games.”
The match was the Spireites' fourth defeat in a row and O’Shea said it’s important the players focus and make sure they don’t enter a relegation battle.
“We know that none of us are preforming well enough," he said. "But we know we have got enough in the dressing room to get us out of this and you know what the league is like, it is very tight.
“We have been on bad runs before, and a couple of wins in this tight league, it gets you straight back up there. We need to do it as quick as we can or we’ll find ourselves in a relegation battle and that’s the reality of it.
"The lads need to pull their socks up and just keep working hard and I am sure they’ll do it.”
Next up for Chesterfield is a home game in the FA Cup against Walsall, and the Irishman explained the most important thing at the moment is the league.
“Walsall is a game we are looking forward to, but we need to be looking forward to the league and getting as many points as possible.
"It would be nice to go on a cup run but I think the most important thing for everyone is to start picking up points in the league.”