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Lester: 'Tommy's Doing A Good Job'

19 September 2012

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Chesterfield striker Jack Lester believes caretaker manager Tommy Wright is doing a good job in his new role, as the Spireites secured successive league wins after a hard-fought 4-3 victory against Accrington Stanley. The 36-year-old striker bagged a brace and set up both Marc Richards and Terrell Forbes to clinch all three points and extend the Scotsman's unbeaten run at the helm to five games.

The veteran striker moved on to five goals for the campaign after a delightful lob and trademark finish against the Lancastrians and he has been asked to help both Wright and temporary assistant Mark Crossley out in the changing rooms.

"Tommy just asks me my opinion on things, that's it really," Lester told Spireites Player after yesterday's win. 

"I try and be a voice in the changing room, I try and give people advice. I've played a lot of football, so you just try and help people improve as players, be strong mentally and let them know where they are at.

"But Tommy is in charge and he's doing a good job. I do a little bit when he asks me, but I see my role as really helping the young lads having good careers."

Lester, who turns 37 next month, has enjoyed a fruitful start to the campaign having notched five goals in just eight appearances. He opened his account for the season against Ronnie Moore's Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup, before rescuing a last-gasp point against Rochdale back in August.

His third strike of the season came in Saturday's comprehensive 3-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers and following the sale of Jordan Bowery to Aston Villa and Marc Richards' ankle injury he sustained on Tuesday evening, Lester will be hoping he can get off the mark away from the Proact Stadium when the Spireites travel to Northampton Town on Saturday.

Tommy Wright's side are now a staggering seven games unbeaten - a 1-0 reversal at the hands of AFC Wimbledon on the opening day their only defeat - but the talismanic striker knows his side will have to perform much better if they are to make it a hat-trick of wins and clinch their first away win at Sixfields.

"It was a good night. We rode our luck a bit at times, I thought they played well," he added. 

"I think we've drawn games we should have won and tonight, we were slightly fortunate. To comeback from being hit twice early on, fair play to them. If you go 2-0 down after 10 minutes away from home, you think 'this could be a long night' and it should have been for them.

"But they kept possession and it ended up being a long night for us and yet we've come out on top. We kept going, scored four goals at home and that's a positive. That's what Tommy has said to us, but there's still a bit to learn.

"It was one of those nights where we knew we didn't have it won until the final whistle. They should be proud of the way they played, but sometimes you just have to take the result. I thought we played very well at York and against Wycombe, but you have to hold your hands up and say they were the better team tonight."

Lester missed a large part of last season after sustaining a broken arm against Leyton Orient, before being suspended following an incident at Walsall. He returned to fire the Spireites to Wembley after scoring a late winner at Boundary Park to beat Oldham Athletic 3-1 on aggregate in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final and the evergreen predator insists he's still capable of playing three games in the space of just eight days.

"I feel alright. I still think I can get around the pitch and be a threat," said Lester.

"I feel good, I must say. I haven't had an injury for a long time and I've had to wait a long time for a game with my arm not being worth the risk in pre-season. But my arm's fine, I've got no pain with it whatsoever. The bone will never be a full bone, but it doesn't affect me playing at all."


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