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Lester: "The performance was excellent."

12 November 2017

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester believes that his team’s performance away at high flying Swindon Town is one that they can be proud of.

Goals from Kristian Dennis and Jak McCourt looked to have turned the match at the County Ground in the Spireites' favour after they fell behind to Timi Elsnik’s strike, but Luke Norris scored a controversial stoppage time penalty to level the match at 2-2.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “The performance was excellent, we came away to Swindon who’ve won five on the bounce and were the better team and we should have won the game had it not been for one or two incidents that didn’t go our way.

“The players will take great heart from that and by the time Saturday comes we won’t be feeling sorry for ourselves and we’ll be ready to go again. It was a great point here but it should have been three.”

Both of Chesterfield’s goals were of high quality for different reasons and drew praise from the Town manager.

On the first goal, Lester said: “It was a fantastic finish, it was brilliant control from Denno [Kristian Dennis] and a fantastic finish, Jak McCourt then scores what is a fantastic goal and it should’ve and deserved to be the match winner.

“I’ve never struck one better and as he’s striking it I’m starting to have a moan, but he unleashes that and what a goal!

“It was worthy of being the match winner and I know what he’s going through in there because he’s produced what is the goal of the day in all of the divisions.”

Defender Sam Hird was withdrawn from the game at half time, after suffering a clash of heads with Swindon striker Harry Smith.

Smith was substituted shortly after the incident, but Hird continued and looked to be ok, however after input from the Swindon club doctor, Hird was replaced by Laurence Maguire.

“We’re a good team who showed marvellous energy levels,” Lester said. “The substitution came as we were walking out for the second half, so I thought we really kept our composure after we conceded early on.

“We responded and played like I thought we would, we scored two great goals.

“The lads are getting fitter, you can see that and they matched Swindon up until the 94th minute and had it not been for the decision they’d have seen the game out comfortably. They didn’t concede a chance really.”

Meanwhile, Jerome Binnom-Williams appeared as a second half substitute in Wiltshire, in what was his Chesterfield debut after he suffered an ankle injury in pre-season.

The former Peterborough United man appeared in a reserve team match in midweek and Lester believes that he will play a big part in his plans for the club.

He said: “He’s getting fitter and you won’t have seen the best of him yet, he was chucked in at the deep end, but he coped with it really well.

“Physically he’s not there yet but when he is he’s going to be a great player for us.”

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