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Lester Reflects on FA Cup Exit

5 November 2017

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester felt that although his team performed 'ok' at Bradford City yesterday, they were always facing a tough task given the way the Bantams’ goals were conceded.

Alex Gilliead gave the hosts the lead in the 4th minute, before striker Alex Jones added a second a minute before the interval to seal a 2-0 win in the FA Cup first round tie.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We gave away two goals that we shouldn’t have and you can’t really legislate for that and we didn’t take the chances when they came.

"I thought that Denno (Kristian Dennis) had knocked one in early and if we’d have got one second half it could have been an interesting game, but we can’t come away to a team as good as Bradford and give the goals away.”

Despite conceding an early goal, the Spireites did enjoy large periods of possession throughout the first half, though Lester felt their end product was lacking at Valley Parade.

“I felt that if we’d have got into an aerial battle with them there’d have only been one winner,” Lester said of his team’s approach. “They were good at what they did, they were physical, they were strong and we had to avoid that type of game.

“I thought we’d been a little bit more purposeful in the games before, I thought we did work that overload in the middle really well, but we did need that energy to get in behind.

“I thought that the possession was good and purposeful until we got in front of their back four and I thought we needed to be a little bit more decisive and a little bit more aggressive with our runs.

“There were some good performances and we battled well and stayed in a cup tie against a team that’s looking to get into the Championship, it’d be the hardest fixture we’ll have between now and the end of the season in terms of the quality of opposition and I thought we stood up to it really well.”

Up next for the Spireites is a trip to Swindon Town in a Sky Bet League Two fixture next Saturday, November 11 (3pm).

Like the Spireites the Robins were relegated from Sky Bet League One last season, but they have begun the 2017/18 campaign well and in their last league fixture, defeated Port Vale 3-0 away from home.

Lester is expecting a tough game in Wiltshire, though with another week coming up without a midweek match, he says that it’s a clash his team will be ready for.

“We’ve got to be positive, we’re making strides,” he asserted.

“We’re not far away from stringing results together and also not far away from January.

“We just need everyone fit and available, we haven’t got a massive squad, we’ll have a good week’s training and we’ll get them prepared to go there.

“We’re expecting a tough game and they’re a good side, I’ve watched their last couple of games and it will be a good game, but one that we can go to and try to win.”

Meanwhile, Lester confirmed that both Tommy Lee and Matt Briggs missed out yesterday due to shoulder and groin injuries respectively.

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