Chesterfield manager Paul Cook delivered a scathing attack on his team after their play-off hopes suffered a big blow when they were beaten 2-1 at home by a Plymouth side who moved closer to League Two safety.

Cook saw his players go behind to goals from Joe Bryan and Curtis Nelson and, although Guy Branston scored an own goal, Plymouth deservedly held on to move four points clear of the drop zone.

"We just didn't turn up," Cook said. "The first 20 minutes looked like an end-of-season game. We have lost again, the pattern is there and the pattern doesn't change.

"We can't win every game and I don't have issues about getting beat but in a game like tonight, which was our biggest of the season, when the players knew how important it was, we didn't turn up.

"Our consistency is our inconsistency and it doesn't go away. I am physically sick, we have rolled over to a team that started OK but didn't put us under a lot of pressure. You need a group of characters about the club that demand success and drive the team forward, but we don't have that at the moment.

"People will look at the table and say we still have a chance, but if we start games like that we have no chance."

Former Chesterfield manager John Sheridan savoured his winning return to the club but handed the credit to his players.

"It's down to the players, I thought we played really well tonight and our first-half performance was outstanding. We know what is at stake and I want consistency in our game and we are starting to show that.

"To come back here and get a result is very pleasing for me but the credit goes to the players, from day one they have shown a great attitude. My only focus is keeping Plymouth in this division and we still have a lot of work to do but I thought we deserved this tonight.

"We knew Chesterfield would cause us problems and they've had some good results here but although it was a sloppy goal on our part, we defended really well and it was a good team effort, everybody worked their socks off."