Chesterfield manager Paul Cook insists that the Spireites’ season is still alive despite falling to a 1-0 defeat against Rochdale at Spotland.Following a goalless first 45 minutes, Dale scored the only goal of the game when Ian Henderson flicked home Michael Rose’s free-kick on 65 minutes to condemn the Spireites to their fourth defeat on the bounce.
Although Chesterfield are in the midst of a mini-rut, Cook explained that there is still a lot at stake.
“The games get chalked off quickly and there is still plenty to play for,” Cook said. “We never came under great pressure in the game at all and it was always a little bit flat.
"I thought that in the first half we looked the better side and felt we could go on and win, but we are just not penetrating in the box at the minute.”
The Spireites struggled to create any real goal-scoring opportunities in Lancashire, and Cook is aware of the problems that lay ahead before them.
He said: “Whatever we offer at the minute does not seem to be enough. It is an important time for us in the next couple of games and it is going to be huge to everyone.
"We are not stupid people, we know that, but you have to keep believing in what you are doing. It is easy to come up with excuses as to why but I will never be one for that."
Although Cook and his coaching staff are working hard behind the scenes, the manager knows that there is a fine line between winning and losing.
Cook said: “Unfortunately nothing seems to be working, I would like to come back Monday and give everyone a lift, but the margins in football are so small.
"There was nothing in the game today, but we would move on to the next one.”