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Lester: "We were stretched and knew we were going to be."

27 December 2017

Chesterfield manager Jack Lester was left to rue his team’s rising injury list, after the Spireites lost 2-0 at home to Crewe Alexandra yesterday afternoon.

Goals from Chris Porter and Charlie Kirk sealed the win for the Railway Men and though Lester felt that his team did not play well, they were severely hampered by their absentee list.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We were stretched and knew we were going to be. We had one fit centre half and couldn’t go to a back four because we didn’t have four fit defenders.

“We went to a back three and it didn’t really work for us, it’s not where we want to go but it’s a necessity. Robbie Weir had a go for us but he’s been off with tonsillitis and you could see that after 20 minutes that he wasn’t going to get around the pitch.

“It was a long day and I was hoping that we could get something out of the game but with the losses in personnel it was always going to be a tough game, but I thought we might have done better up the pitch.

“There was a bit of effort and endeavour but not enough, so I think that underlines that we need some help and new faces.”

With the likes of captain Ian Evatt, Laurence Maguire and Bradley Barry on the treatment table, it meant that Lester had to shuffle has pack to an unfamiliar back three and he felt that unfamiliarity played a part in the goals they conceded.

“Jerome [Binnom-Williams] is an attacking left back but we had to put him in there and Wisey [Scott Wiseman] had to play on the right but he’s done that before,” Lester explained.

“We could have got somebody from the academy to play right back, but we felt that this would get our best players on the pitch. The game was over in the first 20 minutes; it was two own goals which was sloppy.

“I thought we played quite well in the second half, we moved the ball quite well and got down the sides but the game was dead.”

Meanwhile, Lester provided an update on the condition of his captain Evatt, who suffered an injury at Stevenage last weekend.

“He’ll be out for a long time,” he said. “He might make some of the season, he’ll have to have a scan but if it’s the injury that we think it could be then that’s a good three months out.”

The good news for Lester is that the January transfer window is now only days away and the Spireites boss is more than looking forward to it.

He added: “It’s a building project and it was always going to be. We picked up a lot of results, we went six unbeaten and we were delighted with that.

“We’re only in the relegation zone on goal difference, so to do that is a good achievement, but I think injuries are taking their toll on the squad.

“It’s not ideal, but January is round the corner, so we’ll have to make signings that’ll give us balance and get us playing the way we want to play.”

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