Chesterfield manager Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Stevenage, 3pm. Up for discussion this week was the arrival of Jake Eastwood, Wycombe Wanderers and Derbyshire Senior Cup reflections and also a preview of tomorrow’s opponents…….
On Cameron Dawson and Jake Eastwood: “It’s been an area that’s caused us problems since we’ve been here, with injuries, retirements and another injury.
“We’ve got Jake in from Sheffield United and we’re delighted to get him. You get a lot of options with an emergency loan because there are a lot of teams who want their players to get first team football.
“We’re probably the only club in the market for a goalkeeper and according to the rules it’s not a difficult position to find, so we had quite a lot of choice, we had eight on the list and Jake came out on top.”
On Derbyshire Senior Challenge Cup reflections: “Reece Mitchell scored a goal and did quite well, Charlie [Wakefield] did too and Ricky [German] did ok.
“It was a young side and we only had 15 training today, so we’re low on numbers at the minute. There were a number of players who could’ve had a game, but we didn’t feel we could risk them with the size of the squad at the minute. We’re stretched, it’s no secret but we can still put a good side out.”
On the required level: “It’s not just fitness, but it’s a prerequisite for where we’re trying to go. You need to be able to deal with the football and have good awareness and be a good player, but there’s a certain level you need to get to be able to play as in fitness, but it’s how much can you affect the game?
“Can you play with a purpose? Can you create chances? Can you stop goals? We want the team to produce high energy level performances and you need to be at a fitness level to do that, beyond that there’s many aspects that make or break the football, the chemistry that they play and can they strike up partnerships, there’s many aspects, but when I’m talking about fitness it’s clear data, it’s clear effectiveness on the pitch, if you can’t get around the pitch you can’t affect the game very much.
“We want a team that’s very difficult to play against, I’ve played against teams who have a lack of energy who can’t get around the pitch and they’re easy to play against, I’ve played against teams who have players popping up all over the place, it’s very difficult to play against them.
“The style of football that we’re trying to play is based around being difficult to play against and if you can’t get around the pitch, you’re easy to play against and won’t play for us.”
On Wycombe loss: “I never felt that we were going to concede a goal, it’s a long-range effort that’s gone in.
“We played really well up to the final third, we’d worked on overloads from central areas and we did that quite well, we just weren’t quite decisive enough in the final third.
“We’ve looked at that today and there are just a few principles that need to be adhered to more and a little bit more clarity on that, but overall I was pleased with the performance. I’ve lost games before and felt sick about it and while losing is never easy I just felt that the performance was quite good and we’d done a lot of work defensively in the week and dealt with the threat they posed, so while I we’ve lost a game and the unbeaten run has gone, I was pleased in a way. I think 0-0 would’ve been right.”
On Stevenage and team news: “Sam Hird hasn’t trained today (Thursday), he’s got a tight hamstring, while Robbie Weir has tonsillitis. There’s a couple of things going on that we could do without.
“What you normally do is go into these games with a 24-man squad, though we haven’t got that. What we will do is pick a side that will be good enough to win the game.
“They’re a good side, we’ve seen a couple of their games and they’re probably not quite as direct as Wycombe as in having that outlet of a front man, but there’s one two areas that we think we can hurt them so we’ll be looking at that.”