After Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Gateshead, Spireites manager Martin Allen claimed that his side's performance lacked “energy” and “enthusiasm”.
He said: “I’m very upset. Very disappointed. It’s a total let down for all our supporters. I feel let down. I’m sorry for all our supporters that had to watch that.
“At the start of the season I think we’ve played well; I think we’ve been unlucky. There have been times where we haven’t got what we deserved.
“Today was the complete opposite of that. That was probably as bad as I’ve seen a team of mine play.
“We lacked energy, we lacked enthusiasm. We lacked pace, power, quality on the ball, and tenacity off the ball.”
Charlie Carter returned from injury to make the starting line-up on Saturday, and Allen pointed out that the winger was one of the only positives he could take from the game.
The boss said: “He’s only trained for three days, and he was our best player. He played for ten minutes in a reserve game, and then he trained with the first team on Thursday.
“He’s played out there with passion, and with pace. In an ideal world he was only going to play for sixty minutes, and for the last half hour, you could see how tired he was.
“I had to keep him on because I thought he might create a goal.”
When asked if he knew which elements of the team needed altering, the manager explained that the Spireites have been unlucky in previous matches, but today his side were second best.
Allen said “I wish I knew. Last week at Dagenham we played ugly. We were difficult to beat; we were difficult to break down. We didn’t play overly well, and one error cost us badly.
“Today it wasn’t like that. Today we were outrun, outfought, outpaced, and outplayed. They were far the better team.”
Chesterfield face Maidenhead at the Proact on Tuesday night, and Allen outlined how he will attempt to lift his team in time for the Spireites next fixture.
The manager said: “We will be in tomorrow at half past nine. I need to get home and watch the video.
“I have to find out why physically we are in second or third gear and plodded through that game.”