Chesterfield manager Jack Lester conducted his pre-Bradford City press conference yesterday, where a lot of topics were discussed, here's what he had to say about the game, the FA Cup and much more...............
On Bradford City team news: “Gozie Ugwu has more or less ruptured his thigh and is a couple of months away from playing.
“Louis Reed is back in the squad after suspension, while Jerome Binnom-Williams will play a reserve team match on Tuesday.”
On Bradford: “I played with Stuart McCall at Sheffield United, he’s a great professional, who has great energy and he’s built a good team at Bradford and one that’ll be going close this year, so I know him well and look forward to seeing him on Saturday.
“We think they’ll play four at the back and then in front of that there are various formations that they fall into when they do or don’t have the ball, we’ve made the players aware of that and we’re going there with a game plan to try and win."
On the FA Cup: “It’s the best cup competition in the world and if we went there and won the game that would be great for us and that’s what we’ll try and do.
“No-one outside this building will be expecting us to do anything at Bradford, so the expectation is off us in terms of the wider audience, but inside this building we’re putting big expectations on the players and demands on them physically and I think it’s an exciting time for players at this club and I think they’re going to be pushed to a level where they can produce the best football of their careers.”
On Carlisle United reflections: “We played really well first half and controlled the game with Carlisle not being able to get a foothold in the game.
“We then had a mad 20 minutes in the second half, which we’ve looked at and finished the game really well.
“I thought physically we finished the game well, were on the front foot and showed some improvements in the fitness levels and we played good attacking purposeful football.”
On having a full week of training: “They had a real tough day on Tuesday and I’d say that they enjoyed it when it finished. But it’s coming to those games on Saturday where they have done the sessions that we did that they’ll get the benefits.
“At the time you’re taking them out of the comfort zone which is intentional because if you’re trying to produce strong players and tough mental players, you have to take them into uncomfortable situations, you can’t expect the game to get uncomfortable with 10 minutes to go and you’ve not trained in any uncomfortable situations and expect them to rise to the challenge.
“You have to train them for that and this is what we’ll be doing when we get the opportunities and this is why the Saturday-Saturday is working for us at the minute, because we can put in place the regimes in training and physical demands on them that’ll help improve performances on the pitch.”
On Andy Kellett and attacking options: “We’ve seen him player higher up, he’s played in League One as number 10. He’s done well, he likes to attack and we’re trying him further up the pitch.
“You’re trying to put players on the pitch where they can be most effective and we’ve got players who are coming to the front and being good attacking threats, we’re scoring goals and so we’re on the move.”