After suffering another frustrating defeat at the hands of Notts County, Chesterfield captain, Ian Evatt, was adamant the sending off of Scott Wiseman on the stroke of half time, changed the course of the match that ended 2-0.
Wiseman was judged to have brought down County’s Terry Hawkridge in a goal scoring position, as he chased a long ball that goalkeeper Joe Anyon gathered with ease.
“It changed everything to be honest, I think the referee got the key decisions wrong but that’s football,” Evatt told iFollow.
“It’s nearly half time, we’ve weathered everything they’ve got to throw at us, we’ve defended really well.
"They’ve sent Scott off and it’s absolutely killed us and it’s killed the rest of the game.”
After the defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, the Spireites were anxious to kick start their campaign for promotion.
The first half at Meadow Lane was an evenly matched affair, the Spireites defence held strong and they could have taken the lead through Gozie Ugwu, only to be denied by goalkeeper Adam Collin.
Evatt reflected: “There wasn’t a great deal in the first half, we had the best chance with Gozie, but it’s a good save from the ‘keeper.
“It’s disappointing, we’ve worked so hard in the week to get the little things right and today we’ve been undone by a bad decision.”
Despite the red card the Spireites put up heavy resistance to County’s efforts and Evatt praised the team for their work ethic.
“In the second half, there’s not much in the game with a man down,” he commented “We’ve had a couple of flash efforts from Delial [Brewster] and Dion [Donohue].
“We’ve put a hell of a lot of effort into this game, we really wanted it.
“With the run that we’re on from last season, we just need something to go in off someone’s backside or whatever else just to change our luck.
“We dominated the game against Grimsby last week with 36 shots and couldn’t score first and win the game, today if we score first we win the game.”
While stressing that it’s still early days in the season, Evatt acknowledged that results need to improve to give Chesterfield the best chance of an immediate promotion back to Sky Bet League One.
“We’ve just got to keep working,” he asserted. “It’s the first week of the season, there’s a hell of a long way to go.
“Sheffield United’s a perfect example, they lost the first three games of last season and went on to win the league.
“You don’t win the league in August, but we’re also aware that things need to change and they need to change pretty quickly so we need to work hard to make sure they do.
“We’ll go again, we’ll keep fighting and we’ll turn things around”
In this difficult run Evatt was keen to express his sympathies to the 1300 travelling fans.
“I feel the pain, I hate losing as much as they do and it’s hurting me and this club that we’re not off to the flyer that we wanted,” the captain added.
“We’ll work hard, there isn’t a great deal wrong. We just need a little bit of luck, hopefully we’ll turn it around at a full Proact this Saturday against Port Vale.”