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Lee Pleased With Back Four

27 February 2013

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Spireites stopper Tommy Lee is pleased with the improvements his side have been making defensively, in spite of making it three games without scoring after a 0-0 draw with Aldershot Town meant for another frustrating evening at Whittington Moor last night.

Chances remained at a premium on a blustery February evening at the Proact, with Lee making a string of fine stops in the opening period to deny Andy Scott's rejuvenated side before Neal Trotman came closest to breaking the deadlock for the hosts when he planted his header narrowly wide of the upright after the restart.

The result meant Paul Cook's side slipped 11 points off the play-offs into 14th spot, meaning they are now closer to the division's relegation battle than the quest for an immediate return to the third tier.

"I don't think we played very well," Tommy told Spireites Player at full-time.

"The gaffer let us know that. We really didn't apply ourselves, it was a bit of an embarrassment to be honest.

"But we came out in the second half and we were a lot better, maybe should have got a goal but we didn't and we were lucky to get a draw in the end with Danny Whitaker clearing one off the line.

"The luck at the minute isn't going for us.

"We're putting the ball in the right area and maybe the lads might have got on a few crosses that Conor [Townsend] put in but we'll go again on Saturday.

"It's always difficult for the young lads to come into a game like that, the pitch isn't the best and it's difficult but I thought they did really well and can take positives from it.

The Liverpudlian plumped to name the same back four that played in the 1-0 defeat to table-topping Gillingham on Saturday, behind an inexperienced midfield that contained three on loan teenagers.

The Spireites have only conceded four goals in their last seven games but in spite of their improvement defensively, they have only managed to clinch eight points from a possible 21.

Former Hull City defender Liam Cooper was once again handed the armband in the absence of Sam Hird, who completed the second of his two-game ban for picking up 10 bookings, while transfer listed Trotman continued his impressive vein of form and goalkeeper Lee has been pleased with his defence.

"He's a top player, Liam," he added.

"Just watching him in training you can see what sort of player he is and will become. He's good in the air and on the ball, I think I owe a lot to him and Trots for the clean sheet. They played really well in front of me, as did Drew and Nathan as well.

"Neal's a top player, if he gets run of games you'll struggle to find better in this league. We are defending well, we don't concede many but as a team we need to get more goals from all areas.

"We've been working on it in training. The gaffer has told us to get narrow and be a good unit and I think we have done that and it has shown in the last three or four games. I think at this level, if you keep a tight unit and you have got good defenders like we have, we're going to make it difficult for teams to score against us.

Chesterfield make the long trip to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday, who are without a manager after John Still ended his long association with the club to join Conference side Luton Town.

The Daggers welcome League Cup finalists Bradford City to Victoria Road on Wednesday evening and will be looking to bounce back with two home wins following Still's shock departure, but Lee insists the play-off dream is still not over with seven games in March.

"We need to start winning games. It's no secret we haven't been good enough in the last few weeks and we need to turn it around quickly.

"It's easy to put a run of games together. We were hoping that would be tonight but it didn't so we go again on Saturday. Dagenham have just lost their manager so their players will be up for it down there to impress the caretaker so it will be a good game.

"Every game as a professional you need to be 100 per cent and we'll go there as if we were going to Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday or anywhere else and try and get three points.

"I know where this club should be and where I want it to be. We're all pulling in the same direction and mark my words we want to get up that table."

You can watch Tommy's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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