Chesterfield manager Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday ahead of the Sky Bet League Two match with Barnet at the Proact tomorrow (3pm), here’s a flavour of what he had to say………
On Cameron Dawson and Joe Anyon: “We watch a lot of games and Cameron was someone we’ve been looking at for a little while, so we’re delighted to get him, he’s a great addition to the squad.
“Simon Tracey (goalkeeper coach) has seen him quite a few times and he was adamant that he would be a great for us, so we’re pleased.
“Joe has broken his arm, quite near his wrist, it’s a clean break but he’s already had an operation where he’s had a plate put into his arm. He’ll be out for two to three months.
“I thought that he was doing really well, he put some good performances together and been part of this unbeaten run, so we’ll miss Joe. He’s been injured being brave and that’s what you want from your goalkeeper.
“He’s used to having big injuries and he’s been as positive as you can be about it, he’ll work very hard to get himself back.”
On manager of the month nomination and Kristian Dennis’ player of the month nomination: “The award is for everyone isn’t it? For all of the staff and the players who’ve done really well.
“It’s because of results, we’re unbeaten in the league so from where we came in that’s a great achievement for us all because we’ve altered negative momentum and have got ourselves going in the right direction and if we don’t get beat tomorrow that’s six unbeaten and we’ll be the only team in the division to do that.
“Kristian scored in six league games in a row, he deserved that, it’s a great achievement. He’s put some great performances in for us and I think that he’s improved. His fitness levels are higher, so it’s not a surprise that he’s been given that nomination.”
On Fleetwood changes and injury update: “I think that because we’d been on such a good run in the league we’ve not given many opportunities to alter the team around.
“There is opportunities to get into the team if you train really well, but when the team keeps winning and drawing it is difficult to change it.
“Evo [Ian Evatt] had a chance to rest his knee that had been a bit sore and he got that sorted, so that was a real positive, Jak McCourt got a kick so didn’t travel while Jerome Binnom-Williams has come back from injury and played a lot of 90 minutes and I think the rest came at a good time for him as we’ve asked more of him than should be expected of his stage of recovery. But he’s had to time to come up for air and should be raring to go for Saturday.”
On passing with a purpose: “I think passing with a purpose is what we’re trying to do, I’m not a big fan of possession for possession’s sake.
“I do like possession but it must be in the right direction, going forward, it must be energy. What’s pleasing me is that we’re not getting beat, you can have 80% possession and lose games.
“We’re five unbeaten and winning games and dominating teams. We outplayed Mansfield, there was a lot of purpose to play and we opened them up time and time again.
On Barnet: “It’d be nice to move off the bottom, recent results have given us that opportunity and it’s a reward for going on this unbeaten run.
“We will be going into every game to win it, that’s how we see ourselves – as capable of beating anybody and I think we’re quite a difficult team to play at the minute, there’s many elements to our game. We’re quite aggressive and we defend well and going forward we’re as good as anybody.
“Barnet will be coming here thinking that as we’re bottom they’ll be turning us over, but we’ll be having positive thoughts as well and it’s going to be a good game.
“It’s not going to be a ‘gimme’, we’ve watched a few of their games recently and they’re a good side, there’s not much between the top and bottom of the table as we’ve shown.
“So for me I’m not taking too much notice of team’s league positions when they come to play us, we’re preparing for second bottom like we did for Exeter who were third and we beat them.”