It was a day of contrasting emotions for Liam O’Neil who scored his first ever goal for the Spireites on Saturday but saw his side lose 5-2 at Peterborough United.
O'Neil's deflected 25-yard piledriver gave Chesterfield a 2-1 lead at London Road but the tables turned in the second half and Posh came back to win the game.
The match promised so much after Danny Wilson’s side dominated the opening 45 minutes and the midfielder rued a missed opportunity to kick on in the second half.
O’Neil said to PlayerHD after the encounter: “I think it was a game of two halves. First half they didn’t get near us, I don’t know the reason why we changed it in the second half, but it's three points thrown down the drain.”
“It’s good to get a goal but I’d have taken three points definitely. It’s good for me but I think we could have done better in the second half, all the goals were counter attacks and we were sloppily losing the ball up the pitch, and they literally just walked through us.
“It was difficult being on a yellow card earlier in the game, I probably only had one more tackle in me or else I’d have been off but we’ve got to put it right and get three points against Bolton,” he added.
The game followed a similar pattern to previous defeats with Chesterfield playing well in the first half, going into the break level but losing and the midfielder believes the team can compete with anyone at this level if they play to their capabilities for 90 minutes.
“I don’t think you can take any positives from losing a game 5-2, it's twice we’ve been five goals down but the position that we’re in as a team we have to.
"When we play football and we want to play football and we don’t panic we’re one of the best teams in the league and I think we’ve shown that in the first half because Peterborough are a good outfit, it’s frustrating being in the position that we’re in but we’ve got to go again,” he explained.
“I think we can cause anyone problems in the league but we have to do it consistently over 90 minutes and get rid of the poor goal at the beginning and end of the half, we sort of shot ourselves in the foot but we’ve got to build to Bolton now, prepare for that and get it right.”
The Spireites return to the Proact to face Phil Parkinson’s Trotters on Saturday, December 17.