David Flitcroft was full of praise for Chesterfield after his Bury side were dispatched 3-0 at the Proact Stadium on Saturday.
The win secured the Spireites’ League One safety and saw Danny Wilson’s men dominant from start to finish.
And Flitcroft believes the better side won on the day.
He said: “We were punished by a really rampant Chesterfield team that was excellent today. They played with a real passing verve and it looked like they wanted to show their fans that they want to stay in this league.
“They’ll have epitomised what Danny Wilson would have told them all week and they certainly played like it was the biggest game of their careers, as described beforehand by Tommy Lee.”
Although accepting Chesterfield were the best side on the day, Flitcroft was still disappointed with the manner of the defeat.
He added: “It was a difficult afternoon. I wasn’t too sure psychologically where my lads were at this afternoon. We told them this week that we wanted to start sorting the ins and outs ahead of next season and maybe that was a mistake.
“The three goals were disappointing. The first was a lack of focus and a bad decision to challenge their lad in the area, for the second one we’ve not got tight enough on the striker and then for the third we had two chances to stop the danger and we didn’t.”
Chesterfield round off their season at Bradford City on Saturday.