James Rowe gave an honest assessment of his side’s performance after the Spireites lost 2-0 away at Maidenhead United.
He said: “We didn’t deserve to win. We give credit to Maidenhead; they fully deserved the win.
“I warned the players about what to expect when they got here all week. We haven’t delivered anywhere near to what I expected.
“It comes down to me and today I picked the wrong players. We came unstuck today and we have just not delivered.
“When you come to a ground like this, with conditions like this, we have to give full credit to them. There’s no holy grail of playing football.”
Despite the defeat, Rowe insists he isn’t going to fixate on the game as his attentions turn to the fixtures over the coming week.
“We won’t dwell on this. We don’t dwell on the victories. I have learnt a lot today and we will go again on Tuesday,” Rowe said.
“We haven’t got time to sulk. We have to take our lessons and be brave in defeat as well as give credit to the opposition.”
Chesterfield play Sutton United on Tuesday in what is a big game in the National League and Rowe has challenged his squad to bounce back in style.
“We’ll be back in on Monday,” Rowe said. “The hard work starts again and make sure that we are ready for Sutton – the league leaders.
“It is the best game to bounce back on. They are flying high and we were flying high until this one. Let’s see how we react to adversity.
“The last defeat away from home against Stockport County, we reacted really well with two victories. Let’s see if we can do the same again.”