After falling to a 3-2 defeat at a snow-covered Vale Park, Dean Saunders felt his team deserved more, but gave away poor goals.After a strong Spireites start Sam Kelly scored with the host's first attack, before Lee Novak struck back and then Ajay Leitch-Smith rounded off an action-packed four minute goal splurge, putting Vale back in the lead again.
Second half and Louis Dodds increased the Valiants' lead, making Rai Simons's fine injury time strike nothing more than a consolation.
Manager Saunders said he was startled by the state of the pitch: "I was a bit surprised when we turned up with how much snow was on the pitch, but it's the same for both teams.
"We started the game off great, we could have scored in the first few minutes. Then they got a goal kick, we let the ball bounce and, there may have been a foul but the ball's come back into our box and it's been shot through some legs and we've gone 1-0 down against the run of play.
"We scored a great goal then, but they've had about four shots all afternoon and scored three of them. We got so many players to the byline today and just wasted too many chances."
The Spireites showed plenty of attacking force against a side who'd been in action less than 48 hours previously, but the manager said that the concessions ruined their chances of another away success.
"We scored two," he said. "But you can't keep letting in the goals that we are.
"You go over these things in training, as we have done. If the players keep making the same mistakes they'll get left out the team, until we get the tight defence that we want."