The Hillsborough game was a microcosm of the Spireites recent League One games.
John Sheridan’s men lost their third points-bearing game on the trot, but played much more than just a cameo role. Indeed, at Wednesday, they played much the better controlled football following an initial 25-minute burst by the hosts.
At Charlton two weeks ago, they were the better side after the break but lost 3-1 and they followed that up by dominating Colchester United but were unable to turn possession into goals and went down by one. Lewis Buxton’s header from a corner and the general defending of flag-kicks have represented a major weakness this term. On this occasion it gave the Owls a lead their early play looked like conjuring up.
However, Chesterfield, wearing a predominantly green strip for the first time since 2003, worked their way back into the contest and played some neat football. “It’s the manner of the goals we conceded I’m really peed off with,” said Sheridan, who got a great reception from the Hillsborough faithful. He added: “I thought we were excellent again. I keep saying that, though.
“You can’t legislate for the goals we conceded and I thought we defended well. But the second two goals? I don’t know where they came from. We were well on top, totally outplaying them, dominating the game ... how they scored three goals I’ll never know.”
The first goal drew the comment: “They play for corners, long balls, they play for set-plays and it’s effective and that’s why they are getting some joy. They’ve got lots of players that are over 6ft. They get balls in the box, take the long throws.
“Anyone who was at the game could see we were a lot, lot better than them but the goals were a joke.”
Another ex-Wednesday man on the backroom team, coach Mark Crossley, added his view on the host’s style, tweeting: “Unreal how we lost that 3-1, battered them, thought we were playing the old Wimbledon team.”
Chesterfield now have two home games to try and get back on track. Notts County are first up, followed by Hartlepool United. They need at least four points from those two games to ease their position in the table.
The team will face either Accrington Stanley or Tranmere Rovers in the next round of the JP Trophy.
Having beaten Notts County last Tuesday, Sheridan’s men will be at home to the winners of the tie originally abandoned due to an injury to 18 year old Tom Bender, who was released from hospital 48 hours after the clash. Tuesday November 8 is the likely date for the tie.