Jimmy Ryan stood out among the Spireites midfield at the Abax Stadium as his side played well but fell to defeat against Peterborough United.A deflected first-half goal from the Posh's Michael Bostwick decided the contest, though Sam Clucas went close in the second period, hitting the post as the Spireites tried to claw themselves level.
After the match Ryan revealed the compliment he had received from opposition boss Dave Robertson.
Ryan said: "Their manager came up to me at the end of the game and said that we were the best team they'd played this season, but at the end of the day we've come away with no points and whether you've played well or played badly it's the points you want.
"We just couldn't get that breakthrough goal, they got a goal in the first half which could have been avoided. They sat back a little bit and I think the sending off helped them, as daft as that sounds, because they just got everyone behind the ball and we had to break them down.
"On a bobbly pitch it was hard to cut them open, which is what we like to do. It was difficult in the end but I think we did enough to come away with at least a draw."
Reunited in the midfield axis with regular partner Sam Morsy, who returned from suspension for the game, Ryan spoke about the relationship the two players have in the middle of the park.
"He's a good player Sami," said Ryan. "You know exactly what you're going to get from him week in, week out. We've got a good partnership together and we're used to playing with each other now.
"We like how each other operate so it was good to have him back today."