Spireites boss John Sheridan was frustrated following his side’s 4-0 home loss against Charlton Athletic.
The league leaders showed their class throughout but also had the lions’ share of the luck on the night. Sheridan rued: “I’m disappointed the game ended 4-0 because I thought we had a really good go in the first half and we matched them and had a few chances of our own. We really got into the game and competed well against the team at the top of the table. I was disappointed we went in 1-0 down just before half-time.”
He added: “I thought we were still in the game but the second goal killed us, people said it was offside but I couldn’t see from where I was. Just before that we had a shout for a penalty for a challenge on Jack Lester but the referee didn’t give it.
“The difference between the teams was the ball retention. We had the ball near the halfway line but gave it away very cheaply for the second goal. Then they got the third goal very quickly and it deflates everyone. You think you are in the game and within five minutes you are out of it.”
The defeat means Tranmere Rovers’ visit to the B2net Stadium becomes vital with anything less than victory being unthinkable. Les Parry’s Rovers haven’t won in 2012 and risk being dragged into the dog-fight.
Jimmy Juan and Gregor Robertson are both out with James Hurst looking extremely doubtful. Drew Talbot rates himself as ‘50-50’ as Chesterfield look to get back on track after just four points earned from the last five games.