After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town, Mark Crossley spoke to the media and began by explaining that the Spireites’ decisions in possession let them down on the day.
“We didn’t play well enough on the ball,” said the coach.
“We can’t fault their effort again but our quality on the ball was poor until Liam Mandeville came on the pitch.
“The goal we give away, the lad is on the left-wing, and I said at half-time not to give cheap free-kicks away let alone penalties.
“I don’t want to have a go at the players because their effort over the Christmas period has been brilliant.
“The penalty we give away is down to frustration and you give yourself no chance when you give cheap penalties away.”
Chesterfield have been struggling with illnesses and injury recently with Robbie Weir missing out again with the flu.
The coach gave a fitness update and confirmed the extent of Laurence Maguire’s injury which he picked up on Boxing Day, by saying: “We had Robbie Weir who wasn’t available because of the flu.
“Buchanan has been playing under the weather for the last few games.
“We’ve got to be careful because we are short on bodies.
“You can’t use cold and flu as an excuse.
“Laurence is done for the season. He was at the hospital yesterday.
“He’s had a dislocation of his knee, the ligaments are intact so that’s a positive.”
The Spireites will be looking to respond when they travel to Solihull Moors for their first game of 2020 on New Year’s Day.
Crossley previewed the January the 1st clash by explaining: “We’ve got to pick ourselves up.
“We’re frustrated and we have to calm the situation down.
“Solihull put pressure on you and it works for them really well.
“We’re going to have to deal with it again on New Year’s Day.”