Chesterfield defender Ian Evatt blamed the loss of goals at crucial times for the team’s 3-0 defeat at Rochdale on Boxing Day.
Speaking after the match, Evatt said: “We conceded goals at key times, just before half time and in the second half when we were on top.
“It’s disappointing following a good performance against Bolton to follow it up with that one.”
The Spireites were under the cosh for much of the first half, but responded with a determined display of defending, until Ian Henderson opened the scoring in the 44th minute – the first of two goals he scored on the day.
“They scored a very good goal just before half time and that changed the dynamic of the game,” Evatt said.
“I thought that we had dug in well in the first half against the wind and deserved to go in level but that wasn’t to be. Goals at key times change games, it’s as simple as that, and it certainly changed the game.”
To add to the Spireites frustrations Calvin Andrew scored a second after the break, at a time when the visitors were dominating the game.
Evatt said: “We were on top and doing well, and we probably looked like we were going to score the equaliser but we conceded a goal at a key time and it changes the game again.
Chesterfield’s next fixture is away to Port Vale on Friday, December 30.
Going into the match the Valiants have gone six matches without a win, a sequence of games that saw their manager, Bruno Ribeiro resign from his post after their 0-1 home defeat to Walsall.
It represents an important fixture for the Spireites, who Evatt acknowledged are struggling for consistency at the moment.
Evatt said: “We need to bounce back, and we’ve certainly proved that we can do that in recent weeks.
“It’s the consistency at the moment, and we need to put in consistent level of performance in and we’re not doing it. We don’t know which team is turning up from one week to the next and it’s something that we need to sort out quickly.”