Martin Allen is demanding “something back” from his players after witnessing Chesterfield’s losing streak reach four games with a 1-0 defeat at Hartlepool United, report The Derbyshire Times.

The Spireites were beaten by a sweet low finish by Pools midfielder Nicky Featherstone in the 17th minute at the Super 6 Stadium. Chesterfield had started the season in top gear with three straight wins but they have gone into reverse alarmly quickly.

Allen’s side could only huff and puff but they failed to blow the Hartlepool door in with the manager conceding the size of the defeat could have been heavier and is promising “changes” rather than “tweaks”. He had been unhappy at his side’s display in the late home defeat to his former employers Barnet on Saturday and was even more dismissive of the Spireites performance against their old EFL foes.

“We do everything we can [for the squad] with the team of staff we have,” said Allen, who said the travelling army of almost 500 fans were short-changed. “We try to make things the very best we can for these players, whether it’s training, ice baths, food.

“Our players get the best of everything I promise you that and I want something back.”

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