CHESTERFIELD boss Roy MacFarland said his side could have scored six by half-time - but praised Chester's tenacity.
'All credit to them,' he said 'We could have been 6-0 up at half time but they stuck at it and they made us pay.
'I've never seen my keeper and my back four defend as badly as they did here and it's been costly.'
Mark Wright meanwhile felt his team should have won.
'When you go away from home and score four goals you expect to win,' he said.
'We looked at a few youngsters and rested Lee Steele, Jon Walters, Jamie Hand, Dave Artell and I was only going to bring Kevin Sandwith off the bench if there was an injury and I had to.
'We have to play so many first teamers in the side and the youngsters have done well alongside them against a full-strength Chesterfield side who were taking this competition very seriously.
'We don't concede from set plays and haven't all season and to concede goals like we did was poor.
'They never hurt us from open play apart from the first goal which was a silly one to let in.'