Paul Cook praised his side’s commitment and level of performance in the Spireites’ 1-0 home defeat to table-toppers Stockport County.
The goal came when Stockport were awarded a penalty after Calvin Miller handled the ball in the box and captain Paddy Madden (35) sent Scott Loach the wrong way from the spot, slotting into the bottom left corner.
Cook said: “Disappointing for us but in terms of level of performance it was very very committed. From where we were Saturday at 5 o’clock to where we are today, it’s night and day.
“We were very committed, we restricted a very strong Stockport team to very few chances in the game, if any.
“Probably a draw might have been a fair result for both teams,but I asked the lads to make our supporters believe in them today and I felt they did that.
“I felt at times in the second half we were looking for more passages of play and more quality, 100%, but in terms of commitment levels I could not ask any more of them.
“My big thing today was the level of performance. We can’t put the level of performance we did in at Bromley and expect to be promoted.
“I feel that if we can put that level of performance we did today, we have got a much better chance.”