After Chesterfield suffered another frustrating defeat at the hands of Morcambe, defender Bradley Barry told iFollow that the outcome could have been different had the Spireites’ second half performance been replicated in the first.
Goals from Adam McGurk and Garry Thompson put the visitors in command but the Spireites rallied and poured on the pressure later in the second half but couldn’t provide the finish.
“In the second half it was basically attack vs defence,” Barry told iFollow. “But we can’t be waiting to the second half to be doing that, we need to do it first half.
“No disrespect to Morcambe but with the ability in our team we should be dominating the game. The first half was a bit scrappy, we were playing the long ball when we should be playing it on the floor.
We’ve got the players to do that, we just need to adapt to it.”
The Spireites fell behind due to well taken free kick from McGurk. A lot of people inside the Proact disputed the decision to award the kick, but Barry wasn’t making any excuses.
He said: “To be honest I didn’t really see it, but if the referee gives a free kick it’s a free kick. It’s his decision at the end of the day but we need to react better to that, the wall needs to be in shape, we can’t be turning our backs or anything we need to be ready and set for it.”
The Spireites created many openings, but were denied by a combination of poor finishing and an impressive display by visiting goalkeeper Barry Roche.
“That’s football really,” Barry explained. “When that first goal goes in you just know it’s just going to keep coming and coming.
“We’re just waiting for that goal now, it’s frustrating for all of us and the fans. We can hear them and to fair to them they’re behind us the whole way so we thank them for that.”
Barry’s afternoon nearly ended early when he took a boot to the head contesting a ball and revealed he had a scare when his tongue nearly became lodged in his throat.
“I’m fine,” he asserted. “I’m used to it now, it was just a boot to the side of the head and my eyes went black and my tongue was down my throat but when the referee moved me it came back up.
“As soon as my eyes went back to normal and I didn’t want to go off the pitch.”
And after a frustrating defeat to the Shrimps, Barry believes that a quick turnaround to Tuesday's match at Crawley Town (7.45pm) is exactly what the side need given their current form.
He added: “You always want that (a quick turnaround), you don’t want a long week thinking about Saturday.
“But we’re lucky we’ve got a game on Tuesday, we need to forget about Saturday and move on.”