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Jack Lester Pre Colchester United

28 December 2017

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester conducted his pre Colchester United press conference earlier today, here's some of what he had to say in readiness for Saturday's match at the Proact, 3pm.

On Boxing Day defeat: “What went wrong? Probably some sloppy defending, we had lots of opportunities for crosses in to the box and also crosses in the box.

“We needed to get more players into the box to score goals and our defending wasn’t at our level that we’ve been at recently. So it was a very disappointing day, let’s not pretend it’s anything different from that.”

On showing character: “Mentalities win leagues, make no mistake about that. When you look at team’s that you’ve played in and been successful, they’re full of character.

“We work very hard here to develop character, I think it’s vital and players who come into the football club must have that – which is why we went for Drew [Talbot].

“Character is a word that covers so many aspects of the game and it’s so key. A team that is at it will beat a team that’s organised and you need to be both.”

On Jake Eastwood: “I don’t think he’s done a lot wrong to be honest, the problems have been in front of him and that’s something we need to work on.

“I think his mental state will be fine, of course he doesn’t want to come to a team and lose games, but I think for him personally, his courage, his voice I think he’s been good.

“With emergency loans you only go for seven days at a time and he’ll be here for another seven days.”

On the January transfer window: “We’re working hard to get signings in that will improve the team, we’re working on that daily and hopefully we can get one or two targets in.

“It’s not as straight forward as wanting him, him and him, there’s all sorts of things to consider and I think that one or two fresh faces that improve the team will drag the standards up of many.”

On Robbie Weir and Sam Hird: “Robbie Weir was in and around it today, he came in for a fitness test (on Tuesday) and we told him ‘don’t bother you’re playing’ and he give it his all you could see that he couldn’t do recovery runs and we had to bring him off.

“Sam Hird probably shouldn’t have played at Stevenage but did what was right for the team and put himself forward.

“Those two get massive credit from me from a management point of view that I’ve got players there who’re willing to put themselves forward when they’re not right.”

On Colchester and signing off 2017 in style: “We’re very ambitious with the performance that we’re going to put on.

“We’ll be putting a team out that we think can win the game, they’re on a good run but they’re no better than we were two or three weeks ago. So it’ll be a great game and one we’re confident we can be successful in.

“We’re desperate to give the supporters something to cheer, we feel that we’ve done that over the last month or two – we’re so desperate to move this club forward.”

iFollow subscribers can see more from Lester's pre-match press conference by clicking on the video above.

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