After losing 4-1 to the Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, a disappointed Jak McCourt believed that missed chances were key to the Spireites falling prey to the Owls.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, the former Northampton Town midfielder said: “It wasn’t the result we wanted, we came here in good spirits and we thought we could get something from the game.
“I thought going a goal up and then conceding two goals straight before half time was a big blow to us.
“We came out second half and created enough chances to get back in the game and we could have put them away but we never did.
“Towards the end of the game they showed their class and grabbed a couple more goals and I think the score line flattered them, we’re disappointed with the result.”
The Spireites took the lead courtesy of Kristian Dennis’ penalty in the 38th minute, but two goals conceded towards the end of the first half left the team wondering what might have been had they managed to hold on to their lead.
“If we come in 1-0 our spirits are high and theirs are low,” McCourt asserted.
“That wasn’t the case and when we grabbed that goal we need to shut up shop better, that’s not just on the back four that’s the midfield and the strikers, we need to try and stop that from high up the pitch.”
The night also marked McCourt’s first start for the club since signing in the summer from League One Northampton and the athletic midfielder is anxious be a regular fixture in the Spireites first XI.
McCourt and his midfield partner Louis Reed, created several opportunities for the likes of Dennis and Chris O’Grady, with McCourt open to continuing the midfield partnership with the Sheffield United loanee.
He said: “I’ve come here to play football, I’m happy to get my first start for Chesterfield and hopefully I’ll keep that place and there will be more better results to come.
“It can be [a successful partnership], but that’s in the managers hands, all we can do is go out there and play our best but it comes down to the manager and the team he picks.”
The team now look forward to Notts County away at Meadow Lane this Saturday, where a win would bring a much-needed boost to the squad.
“We were in the dressing room talking about that,” McCourt commented.
“The first thing we’ve got to do is come in tomorrow and prepare for Saturday and I think we’ll go there and get the three points.”
The Liverpudlian has had a busy summer since leaving the Cobblers, settling into a new club and town as well as becoming a father for the first-time last week.
But now that he’s settled on and off the field, he’s targeting a successful season.
He added: “It’s all come thick and fast for me especially at home with the baby, but I’m really happy here.
“I’ve settled down, the lads have been fantastic with me and I’m positive we’ll get promotion this season.”