Chesterfield manager Jack Lester cut a frustrated figure as Cambridge United came back to defeat the Spireites 2-1 at the Cambs Glass Stadium yesterday.
Kristian Dennis gave Town the lead in the 55th minute before goals from Jevani Brown and Uche Ikpeazu turned the match in the U’s favour, one that Lester felt his team should have won.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We should have won the game, we stopped doing the things we should be doing when we were ahead and it’s a game that we should win.
“The conditions meant that you had to get the ball down and we were the team that were more likely to do that well, I thought we did that better it was just a couple of soft goals.
“It wasn’t a free kick was it? And then I don’t know what it is, we were confident in the game and when we went 1-0 up we stopped playing as much, we should have kept playing our football.
“We had bits and bobs to get back in the game but there was no way we should have lost that game of football.”
On what was a very windy afternoon in Cambridge, the Spireites dealt with most of what the U’s threw at them and Dennis’ 9th goal of the season was a well worked strike.
“We knew their strengths and we dealt with them really well in the first half,” Lester said. “They didn’t have a lot. We spoke at half time and knew the areas that we wanted to hit and we got ahead and it was time to take the sting out of the game.
“It was time to stay solid and play like we had, stay goal side of their big lads and we’d have won it.”
The defeat yesterday means that the Spireites are now six points adrift at the foot of Sky Bet League Two, but despite that Lester believes that they can overturn that deficit.
He said: “We should have taken nine points from our last three games, so the performances are there, they’re getting fitter in terms of the way that we want to play, there’s more energy and we get a free week where we can work them again so they’re very close.
“We’re very confident that we can turn this around and I think the players are as well. We should win the game, we won away in midweek and when we went 1-0 up I felt that it was going to be another away win but we gave away two soft goals.”
With no game in midweek, Lester and his staff have promised to work the players ahead of the match with Carlisle United at the Proact next Saturday, 3pm.
He added: “We’re very focused on how we want to do things, the players know it’s going to be a tough week, but it’s the kind of work that they will relish because they’re going to be better players for it.”