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Jack Lester Pre Swindon Town

10 November 2017

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Spireites boss Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday afternoon ahead of tomorrow's match with Swindon Town (3pm). As well as previewing the game he paid tribute to his friend and former team mate Tommy Lee and also gave an update on Jerome Binnom-Williams' fitness.

On Tommy Lee: “It wasn’t a surprise, I’d been in touch with him before I was manager, so I knew the problems he was having with it (shoulder) and the stress it was causing him.

“He’s been terrific, instead of worrying about it, you celebrate the service Tommy has given us, we shared some wonderful moments on the pitch and that’s what we’ll focus on.

“He’s played a lot of games and had a terrific time, winning a couple of league titles and Wembley finals, he’s been brilliant and we thank him. He’s a great personality, the players, staff and fans really like him, it’ll be great to keep him involved.

“I think this club will stay with him for the rest of his life.”

On Jerome Binnom-Williams return from injury in reserve match with Sheffield United: “He came through it fine physically, he lacks match sharpness as he’s not played many games but it was a great opportunity to play.

“We’ll keep building his match fitness and when he’s back I’m sure he’ll be like a new signing."

On the Sheffield United reserve game: “It’s important that the players are getting minutes and match fit by playing in high tempo games, so that when we do need them they’re ready.

“That is the key for me and it’s a moment to push yourself into the team, you’re giving players an opportunity to show what they can do in a match.”

On Bradford reflections: “I thought we played some really good football, but we weren’t really penetrative enough when we were in the last third – and that’s what we’ve been working on this week.

“We were disappointed with the goals we conceded and that’s stuff we're trying to improve. But we’re stepping in the right direction, the lads have had a good week of training and I think we’re pretty close in putting some good results together.”

On Swindon Town and team news: “Chris O’Grady has a tight calf and didn’t train today, but Matt Briggs did return so that’s a nice plus for us.

“It was always going to be a tough game, but it’s one that we’re looking forward to and relishing.”

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