Chesterfield boss Gary Caldwell believes his side played better than the scoreline suggests.
The Spireites went down 3-1 at Northampton Town, and are now five points adrift of safety in League One.
“We were good in the final third, but that final touch still isn’t there,” said new manager Caldwell.
“I think we did a lot right, considering we lost 3-1. It’s a harsh scoreline.
“If anybody watched the game they wouldn’t think it was a 3-1 scoreline.
“I don’t think even Northampton would think they did enough to win the game as comfortably as they did.”
The goals the visitors conceded were avoidable and Caldwell will have to find a way to sure up his backline if they are to stay up.
With the strikers at the club not hitting the back of the net with any sort of consistently, the former Wigan manager will have to rely on his defence to grind out results as the struggling Spireites try to starve off relegation.
And Caldwell called out his defence for the way they let last year’s League Two champions score on three separate occasions.
He added: “If you defend the way we defended for the three goals then we’re never going to win a football match.
“They’re nothing goals. They’re goals that have come out of absolutely nothing.
“If you concede those then you have no chance to win football matches.
“There’s no talent needed to stop goals, it’s just recognising the danger and having the desire to stop it.”