Daventry Town boss Darran Foster believes some of his players making wrong decisions at key times cost them the chance of an FA Cup giant-killing at Chesterfield on Saturday.
The Sky Bet League Two side eventually won the game 2-0, but the deadlock wasn’t broken until 21 minutes from time.
For the first hour, Daventry were more than a match for the Spireites, and in the first half in particular they gave a very good account of themselves.
Foster’s men had chances to open the scoring themselves, with Tom Lorraine going closest as his shot was deflected wide, but the Daventry manager believes that, with a little bit more composure, there were goals there for the taking.
“We felt that at times we just made wrong decisions, and that cost us in good areas,” said Foster, who was delighted with how his team played at the Proact Stadium.
“There was a good chance when Robbo (Ashley Robinson) went through and only has to square it.
“Ryan Howells is all on his own and begging to put that in the net, but we made the wrong decision. And we did it on other occasions as well.”
For long spells in the first half Daventry matched their hosts not only in the physical aspects of the game, but also with the ball at their feet.
And Foster feels that was down to two factors; the quality of the playing surface, and the fact Chesterfield allowed his men the time to play.
“We had the surface to play our football,” said the Daventry boss.
“Once you play against teams from a higher level, they do give you that little bit of time.
“We knew we would have that little bit of time at Chesterfield, and the lads can play when they want to.
“It’s a lot different to league that we are in, where it is hustle and bustle and everything else.
“But on Saturday we had the chance to go and play a bit and the lads did that.
“At times we looked a very, very good side against professionals.”
Daventry are back in action tomorrow night (Tues, ko 7.45pm) when they host Wellingborough Town in the quarter-final of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.