OPINION: Chesterfield’s performance against Oxford was unacceptable

Oxford Utd's forward Conor McAleny (11) congratulated by Oxford Utd's forward Toni Martinez (7).

Picture by Stephen Buckley/AHPIX.com. Football, League 1, Chesterfield v Oxford United; 25/02/2017 KO 3.00pm 
Proact stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe; 07973 739229
Oxford Utd's forward Conor McAleny (11) congratulated by Oxford Utd's forward Toni Martinez (7). Picture by Stephen Buckley/AHPIX.com. Football, League 1, Chesterfield v Oxford United; 25/02/2017 KO 3.00pm Proact stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe; 07973 739229
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Gary Caldwell says he doesn’t want to hear any negativity from fans after a 4-0 home drubbing, but for many it was difficult to find any positives on Saturday.

He said he can’t accept the performance and neither can we fans and that’s fair comment.

The criticism for his own team when interviewed was harsh, once we gifted Oxford the first goal the manager said that the team “self destructed…no resilience and no character, no desire, no willingness to fight and stand up for yourself“ are fairly damning words.

The manager refused to comment on why Dan Jones was subbed in the first half, which could be taken to mean that the defender wasn’t following instructions properly.

For the first 20 minutes it looked as though Chesterfield had turned a corner and were building on the admirable point gained at Millwall, but watching the goals replayed on Saturday night must have been a horror epic for many.

Caldwell apologises to fans

Match report: Chesterfield 0 Oxford 4

If Gary doesn’t want negative comments he’d better not go on facebook where a selection of comments read “We can’t play with three at the back,” “Shocking display,” “I’m done for this year and no renewal of my season ticket,” and “Is this for real?” were some of the printable ones.

Even more galling was that after the defeat against Bury, on loan midfielder Reece Brown went on twitter to publish a picture of his bruised head where he’d been kicked with the comment “Reasons why I don’t head the ball.” Which didn’t meet with a favourable reaction from the paying public.

When will players realise that anything you publish on line just won’t get deleted, and even if it was meant to be taken with a sense of humour, it wont be?

Off the field Chesterfield FC is in interesting times, many of us were flabbergasted to read a posting on Monday from a Chesterfield fan based in Stockholm who said that he was linked to a consortium who wanted to buy Chesterfield FC for a reported sum of £10 million.

The poster said that the business people would have paid in £3m initially and then paid in other monies in terms of sponsorship over time, which would have added up to £10m.

Dave Allen was reported to have rejected the bid out of hand. The club then revealed that enquiries had taken place in January.

This lead many fans to question why it wasn’t made public at the time, although people must temper their enthusiasm over “bids” which may or may not be as attractive as they are reported.

We all remember the initial enthusiasm that greeted one Darren Brown; and no one would want a repeat of that situation.