Chesterfield boss Dean Saunders believed his side fashioned the chances to beat Doncaster Rovers but paid the price for failing to take them on Tuesday night.
The Spireites saw plenty of the ball but couldn’t find the finishing touch their approach play often deserved at the Keepmoat Stadium, as Rovers ran out 3-0 winners in South Yorkshire.
Second half goals from Nathan Tyson, Andy Williams and Cameron Stewart inflicted a third consecutive defeat on Chesterfield - but Saunders said the scoreline didn’t tell the whole story.
Dan Gardner, Lee Novak and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake all went close from promising positions in and around the 18-yard box and the Spireites boss urged his side to be more clinical in front of goal.
On an unhappy Rovers return, where he enjoyed 18-months as manager, Saunders said: “We missed too many chances. We missed too many opportunities. We are not putting the ball in the net.
“We’re playing some good football at times but we’re not making enough of it. There’s not enough players scoring and we’ve let eight goals in the last three games so I’ve got to do something about it.
“We’re not throwing caution to the wind. We’re quite solid but it seems like we’re being punished for everything at the moment. The third goal makes the score look really bad but it was closer than that.
“I thought it was an even game. We’ve missed a couple of open goals and at time we’ve tried to walk the ball in to the net. Sylvan’s had a couple of chances second half and we’ve missed the target.”
Chesterfield take on Swindon Town at the Proact Stadium on Saturday, looking to put this unwanted run to bed. Swindon climbed out of the drop zone after ending Walsall’s unbeaten away record on Tuesday night.
“We’ve got to pick ourselves up now,” said Saunders. “We’ve got some good players. We’ve had three defeats and now we’ve got to win three on the trot. We’ve been punished for a few mistakes we’ve made, sometimes they miss, but we’ve been making too many mistakes. We’ve got to make sure we’re a bit harder to play against.
“We’ve got loads of players who are good with the ball, we’re not good enough when we don’t have the ball. I’ve got to work with them in training and make some changes probably on Saturday.”