As good as Bolton Wanderers were on Sky Sports on Monday evening, they were just as bad at Chesterfield as they fell to a 1-0 defeat on their first ever visit to the Proact Stadium.
Wanderers never looked like taking anything from today's game but still should have come away with at least a point after missing a host of chances. Zach Clough was the main culprit, missing one clear-cut chance when one-on-one with the goalkeeper and then going on to waste a couple more opportunities. Shola Ameobi, who some Bolton fans now presume to be the greatest footballer on the planet after scoring a couple of screamers and doing naff-all else, had one shot well saved and missed a couple of other chances, and Jay Spearing had a decent chance right at the end, but it wasn't to be today.
The main thing this result tells me is that we need a Plan B. Teams like Chesterfield will now play 4-5-1, stick men behind the ball and hit us on the counter - and today we had no answer to it. Today Chesterfield scored out of nowhere, then sat back, dominated the midfield and denied Josh Vela the kind of space he enjoyed against Gillingham, while the goal machine that is Gary Madine didn't even get a chance today.
Keshi Anderson and Jamie Proctor were thrown on in the 89th minute and I don't think either of them touched the ball - so what was the point of that? It was clear in the first few minutes of the second half that the game was drifting away and we needed something different to change the flow.
Now I'm not trying to argue that Anderson or Proctor are game changers that would have swung the game in our favour, far from it. Yet Phil Parkinson's only major change was to bring Chris Taylor on for Tom Thorpe with around 20 minutes remaining, which turned out to be the massive waste of time we all knew it would be. Taylor did absolutely nothing.
Still, you can't win every game and we have nine days to recover and bounce back against bottom of the league Shrewsbury Town at the Macron on Boxing Day. We then host a big game against Scunthorpe United on New Years' Eve - so we could feasibly be top of the league if we win both those matches.
Chesterfield are not a good side and yes, we should be winning matches like this. But one defeat after winning nine of the previous ten is not the end of the world, and hopefully this will just be a blip. However, we have to find a way of playing when teams setup to defend and nick a 1-0 win against us.