Chesterfield boss Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday ahead of tomorrow's match with Exeter City. Up for discussion this week was the appointment of Simon Tracey as goalkeeper coach, the squad's reaction after the 2-2 draw with Swindon Town and much more.........
On Simon Tracey appointment: “Simon made himself available and I know him very well.
“He has a great knowledge of the game and is a great coach and once he became available it was a no-brainer. So, I’m delighted to get him, he’ll be great for us.
“Matt [Duke] told me that he would be leaving when I came in, so it has taken a bit of time. I wanted to get the right person and not just anybody in, Matt was excellent for us and stayed past his agreed date.”
On Swindon Town reaction: “Quite honestly it’s been the best week’s training since I’ve been in this week.
“The players have been fantastic, the intensity they’ve worked at. Simon came in recently and was really buoyed by what he saw, so in terms of how hard it’s been it has been easy because the players’ attitudes have been fantastic.
“It was a good performance at Swindon and you can’t get too disappointed about things out of your control.”
On fitness: “I think whoever we play will not get an easy ride and we’re going into games thinking that we can win them.
“We are a much leaner and fitter squad that we were and that helps the players mentally and physically. You’re an elite athlete and to perform at the top end they have to be in the best place possible.
“They are not there yet in terms of the fitness and energy, but they are definitely stepping in the right direction and the statistics will back that up for them.”
On Jerome Binnom-Williams’ return: “He did really well, he hadn’t had a lot of football.
“This week he’s trained really well and the intensity he’s trained at was one of the top in the group on Tuesday and that gave him a nice boost because you could see in black and white the amount of work he’d done in that day.
“He’s been great and is like a new signing for us, he’s not there yet but we’ll expect better from him and he’ll expect better from him in terms of physically how he can go and effect a football game. He’ll slowly be getting back into the grove of things but he’s looking good.”
On Exeter City team news: “Chris O’Grady trained fully today (Thursday) and it’s nice to have him back.
“He had an injection in his back and I’ve had it myself, it’s nothing too serious and he was good as gold today and moved around the pitch pain free, so he’ll be back in contention.
“Robbie Weir has trained all week and has done really well.”
On Exeter: “They’ve got a good front two and I really like their manager. He’s been there a long time and he’s created teams that have gone up to the league above.
“They’ve been playing a 4-4-2 and we won’t say that’s definitely what they’ll do but they’ve got a bit of energy about them and are a good side. It’ll be a good game of football.”