Chesterfield manager Jack Lester conceded that yesterday's loss at Wycombe Wanderers was a game to far for his depleted squad.
Wycombe midfielder Luke O’Nien scored in the 54th minute to give the Chairboys a 1-0 win at Adams Park and thus ended the Spireites' unbeaten run in Sky Bet League Two, though Lester felt that his team’s efforts merited a point.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “It was probably a 0-0 game, I don’t think we did enough to win it, they had a little bit of a speculative shot and I think a draw would have been about right.
“We didn’t do enough to open them up, we got down the sides a little bit and I thought it was a good away performance except that final little bit.
“It’s disappointing to lose the game, we’re right down to the bare bones at the minute, anybody who’s fit is here and it was probably a step to far today.
“We’re disappointed to lose the game and I think that we can be better.”
Lester was without several members of the first team squad for yesterday’s match, but despite that, he only made one change to the starting XI from the 2-1 win over Barnet, with the injured Bradley Barry being replaced by Scott Wiseman.
The Gibraltar international was gave constant option on the right flank and coped well with the threat posed by Wycombe forward Nathan Tyson and Lester was delighted with his contribution along with those from the rest of the defence.
He said: “I thought that Scott was excellent and I thought that both full backs did well, the back four coped well with them and we probably should have had a clean sheet, we’d have taken a 0-0.
“Reedy [Louis Reed] did well, Jak [McCourt] showed bits and Joe Rowley was ok, but we need everybody to be on their game to win games and we’ve been like that to be fair.
“We’ve shown a real collectiveness a real energy, we needed everyone today but it wasn’t quite to be.”
Yesterday’s defeat was the first in the league since losing to Cambridge United on October 21 and was also the first defeat in four matches against teams in the top half of the table, following the win over Exeter City and draws with Mansfield Town and Swindon Town.
So with that in mind was Lester pleased with the way his team have rose to the challenge in recent weeks?
“I am,” he said. “It’s been tough to change that momentum but we’ve done that, we’d have liked to have gone one game further and made it seven – that would’ve been excellent – it just wasn’t to be today.
“Their manager’s [Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth] been here for five years and has had time to build a squad, you could see that there was a lot of joined up thinking and they were all on the same page, so we’re a little bit behind them at the minute.”
Next up for Town is an away trip to Stevenage next Saturday, 3pm. And the manager is looking forward to a good week on the training pitch with his team before they look to get back to winning ways at The Lamex Stadium.
He added: “We go again, we’re trying to raise standards every day and that’s what we’ll do.
“We’ve got a good idea of what our week will be in terms of how we’ll approach it and the sessions that we’ll be doing and how we’re going to improve.
“The players have been training really well, we’re just a little bit stretched at the minute.”