Paul Cook was left to rue a host of missed chances on his return to Accrington, as his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat on New Year’s Day.
Chesterfield struck the woodwork twice and had a late header ruled out for offside as they peppered Cameron Belford’s goal all afternoon.
Romuald Boco’s second half goal compounded what was a frustrating day for the visitors, who now sit four points outside the play-offs.
Cook said: “We’ve just created enough chances to win so many games. Unfortunately you get the feeling it’s not your day but the disappointing thing is the goal we give away.
“That’s my big concern, we give teams chances. We did it against Morecambe and we did it against Burton. There’s a pattern to what we’re doing.
“Even today if we draw 0-0 and say ‘it’s not our day’ that’s fine by me. It’s those little things that really annoy me. We haven’t got clean sheets in us.”
The defeat ends a mixed run of results for the Spireites over the festive period, who comfortably brushed aside York City on Boxing Day before being held at home by Morecambe on Saturday.
And Cook admitted his side haven’t shown the consistency he would have wanted since beating Port Vale 2-0 in early December.
“I do believe with the squad we’ve got there is the talent and there is the ability to go on a run,” he added.
The Chesterfield boss has already hinted there will be movement during the January transfer window and didn’t rule out something from happening before the trip to lowly Wycombe on Saturday.
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