Chesterfield boss Paul Cook was quick to compliment Swindon Town after the Robins’ 3-0 win at the Proact Stadium.
The Spireites went down after goals from Yaser Kasim, Nathan Byrne and Andy Williams sealed an away win on Tuesday night.
Cook said: “We were honest in the way we want to play. We want to play football but we came up against a very good Swindon Town side tonight.
“You have to take your hat off every now and again and say the opposition were the best team we’ve seen at the Proact by a long, long way.
“They’re the best team we’ve played this season by a long, long way. We’re on a bit of a run now. I thought our fans were terrific and stayed with the team.
“As a manager that doesn’t half make you proud when things are not going so well. We started the game well, we did everything in the game we wanted to do.
“We looked a threat and we were pressing them high up the pitch. We had a couple of good chances but we always knew that Swindon were a good team on the break.
“Goals gave them more confidence and took the confidence out of our lads. But we keep working hard at it because to be a progressive club sometime you have to take a step backwards.
“We’ve had a bad night in terms of the result but certainly not in the endeavour of our players. Our players got a clap off from our fans for how hard they’ve worked.”