Spireites midfielder Jay O’Shea expressed his disappointment after Chesterfield twice lost the lead in the 3-2 home defeat to Leyton Orient.
The Irishman got on the scoresheet in the first half with a well struck penalty but two goals from David Mooney and a late winner from Dean Cox gave strugglers Orient the win.
O'Shea explained how he came to be the man on spot kick duties and gave his reaction to a tough loss.
He said: “I spoke to [Eoin] Doyle when he left and I said to him then I was going to try and get on the penalties. I’ve been practicing a few and I was happy to stick it away but obviously disappointed to not get the result we wanted.
“We didn’t have a good first half and were lucky to go in at 1-1 because they had a couple of good chances.
“At half time the gaffer said we needed to lift it a bit and I thought for the first 15 minutes of the second half we did and started playing some good stuff. We got the goal so obviously it’s disappointing to throw away the lead we got in the second half.”
Ian Evatt was forced to sit out the last few minutes of the game with a head injury after Paul Cook had already made three substitutions. With the Spireites down to ten men Orient grabbed a late winner, but O’Shea says there were no excuses.
He said: “It’s always going to be difficult if you lose one of your central defenders but I think we should have held on to the 2-2 and it would have been a good point at that stage.
“When we got the first goal we looked comfortable and they never really looked like they were going to come back into it, but I don’t think at any level you can defend like that. So we’ll get back on the training ground as a team and work on it and try and pick ourselves back up.”
The Spireites travel to Scunthorpe on Tuesday night with O’Shea glad of the opportunity to bounce straight back with a win.
He said: “I don’t think there’s any sort of tiredness. It’s great that we’ve got a game on Tuesday so we can put it right quickly instead of having to think about the result all week. The games coming thick and fast are good for us.
“The lads are a bit down but only because of the result. We need to pick ourselves up and we will do that for Tuesday night.”