After Chesterfield’s 5-1 defeat at home to Hartlepool United, manager John Sheridan gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance.
He said: “It’s very hard to explain. Hartlepool have come and totally outplayed us, out-bossed us and passed us to death.
“I’ll hold my hands up. I don’t like the result and I don’t like the way we played. I've just got to be as strong as I can because it’s so difficult for the people who are paying good money to watch us at the moment.
“I’d have to say as a manager it’s one of the worst losses I have had.”
On-loan Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Liam Shaw made his home debut and the Spireites manager thought that the 18-year-old showed a lot of character.
“He made mistakes during the game but he’s an 18-year-old kid who wants the ball and still trying to compete,” said Sheridan.
“He’s shown really good things. He made mistakes but that’s part and parcel of an 18-year-old player who’s still learning the game.
Sheridan reiterated his fight and desire to improve the position the Spireites find themselves in, saying: “I won’t be going anywhere because I’ll stay and I’ll fight. I’ll take all the stick that is thrown at me, which I expect and I’ll turn it around.
“I’m not hiding. I’m going to have to make tough decisions but I’ll turn it around."