Danny Wilson stood up for his side after their latest narrow defeat on Tuesday night, seeing the positives after the 1-0 Proact loss to Fleetwood Town.
Conor McLaughlin's first-half effort decided the game but told only some of the story, with both Gboly Ariyibi and Ched Evans hitting the woodwork for the hosts.
"It's not very often that you can say you feel sorry for the players, but I do tonight, they didn't deserve that," commented the manager. "They played really well, in the second half it just wouldn't go in.
"They've had some luck; the post's come to their rescue, the crossbar's come to their rescue and the 'keeper's pulled off some saves. We had some great situations in the box but maybe not made proper contact with the ball.
"Overall, some of the football's been good, we've had the ball in dangerous areas that have given us opportunities. We've faced a couple of counter attack against us in the second half as you'd expect but taken together we've played very well tonight."
Ahead of kick-off the Spireites were hit by anothe rinjury with Conor Wilkinson ruled out with a knee complaint, while injury returns were made from the bench by key duo Paul McGinn and Ched Evans.
"Conor's going to be out for a little while," explained Wilson. "We're not too sure how long, it's a knee problem. That was another blow and it seems to be happening every game at the moment.
"With Ched and with Paul McGinn, they were 50-50 really, I didn't really have much choice but to pick them in the squad and to play them in the end.
"In an ideal world I'd have preferred not to, but with the way the game was going it was important that we had a go at them. They're both lacking in match fitness, let's hope the squad that played today can recover well and be ready for Saturday."