Scott Wiseman conceded that the Spireites’ first half performance at Fleetwood Town last night was simply not good enough.
Wiseman returned to the Chesterfield starting XI at the Highbury Stadium, in a match which saw the Spireites lose 2-0 thanks to goals from Jack Sowerby and Alex Reid – and also exit the Checkatrade Trophy.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Wiseman said: “In the first half we were shocking, we know that and we let ourselves down.
“Then in the second half we upped the tempo and got at them and showed what we’ve been doing lately, unfortunately we just couldn’t make the breakthrough and get the goal.”
So what sparked the team’s improvement after the interval?
“Our mentality,” Wiseman said. “The manager gave us a rocket at half time, we needed it as it was lacklustre and there was a lack of energy there. We got our heads down in the second half and got at it and went for the game.
“At the end of the day a game is a game, it doesn’t matter if it’s a first team game or a reserve team game, we have to win and maintain the standards that we’ve set since the gaffer has come in.
“We’ve not done that tonight and that’s the most upsetting thing.”
Next up for Chesterfield is a home Sky Bet League Two clash with Barnet on Saturday (3pm) and the Gibraltar international has stressed the importance of the Spireites getting back in form quickly.
He said: “I think we can put tonight to bed, we’ve shown over the last couple of months what we’re about now and how he wants us to play.
“This wasn’t a reflection on that and now we can reset for Saturday and if there’s ever an incentive to go at someone and it’s this Saturday.
“We’ve noticed an upturn in form from everyone, the fans have been fantastic and it’s shown in our performances on the pitch, hopefully we’ll take that into Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Wiseman also backed team mate Joe Anyon to come back stronger from the injury he suffered during last night’s match.
Anyon was forced off with an arm injury and with all of the three permitted substitutes being used, had to be replaced by Laurence Maguire for the game’s closing stages.
“I’ve spoken to him, he’s a tough cookie and one of the toughest people I know, if anyone can comeback quickly it’ll be him,” the former Scunthorpe United man added.