Chesterfield manager Paul Cook has launched a scathing attack on his players following their midweek home defeat to John Sheridan’s Plymouth Argyle.
“It was like an end of season game with nothing to play for; that sums the game up for me,” he said. “You speak all day about preparation and players don’t turn up and that leads to everybody going home very unhappy. When we don’t win games, I want us to show life and passion and be aggressive; we didn’t show any of that until we went 2-0 down.”
Cook continued his criticism, saying: “Players these days love themselves. I’ve no worries about getting beaten, but good players always turn up but when you have a game like this one, the biggest game of the season, by a million miles, our players knew its importance, but they didn’t turn up.
“We don’t have the right characters in the dressing room; we’ve got some good players, but our consistency is our inconsistency.”
Ninth-placed Spireites travel to Fleetwood Town, who still have a slim chance of squeezing into the play-offs, knowing that they need to win both of their remaining matches while Bradford must fail to win both of their games against Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town.
Cook said: “The league table says we still have a chance (of getting into the top seven) but if we start games like we did against Plymouth, we’ve no chance whatsoever.”