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Lee: "It’s been a long old road."

24 July 2017

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Despite a 4-0 loss on his return to the first team, goalkeeper Tommy Lee said that he enjoyed being back between the sticks for the Spireites.

Lee played the opening 45 minutes in Saturday’s friendly Stoke City’s U23s at St George’s Park, his first start since final game of the 2015/16 campaign, having missed the whole of last season with a shoulder injury.

“It’s been a long old road,” the former Manchester United man explained.

“To get out today was nice, a little bit unexpected but I’ll take that. I’m probably ahead of schedule, I’ve still got work to do but I enjoyed it.”

The Spireites found themselves 2-0 down to the Potters inside the opening ten minutes with two second half goals completing the scoring.

It was a stark contrast from the previous friendly with Sheffield United, which, despite suffering a late 1-2 defeat, saw Chesterfield put in a solid performance.

“We were sloppy at the start of both halves,” Lee told iFollow. “We had good possession and created some chances but I don’t think we were good enough today.

“I don’t think we played well, you saw the performance against Sheffield United that was very good and today wasn’t.”

Manager Gary Caldwell took the decision to rest the likes of Scott Wiseman and JoeAnyon, while also giving players who’d not had as much game time in pre-season the chance to impress. 

And even with the amount of changes, Lee still felt the team should have delivered a better performance.

He said: “There were a few changes, but I’m sure if you were to ask the gaffer he wouldn’t say it was good enough today.

“I’m a footballer I want to win every game so I’m going to be disappointed.

“It was a bit of an anomaly from the pre-season we’ve had so far but they (the errors) need stamping out.”

As for the teams prospects this season, the result hadn’t dampened Lee’s optimism.

He added: “I think the sky is the limit for us in League Two, we’ve got some very good players.

“You saw Chris O’Grady and Gozie Ugwu up top were frightening, they caused them loads of problems and were probably unlucky not to get a goal each.

“We’ve got some very talented young players as well, so it’s going to be an exciting season and I’m looking forward to it.”

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