Chesterfield manager Jack Lester says that yesterday’s 1-0 victory over Exeter City at the Proact was what his players deserved for their efforts on the training ground.
Kristian Dennis scored his 12th goal of the season in the 50th minute and despite later having Scott Wiseman sent off for a second bookable offence, the Spireites managed to see the game out against the high-flying Grecians.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said of his maiden home victory: “It was excellent, I thought that Exeter were an excellent side and the best team that we’ve played that makes the win all the more sweeter.
“I think we showed character and we’ve showed a lot in the last month or so and it was nice for the amount of work the players have been putting in to get a result and I’m so pleased for them.”
Dennis’ strike was the fifth consecutive Sky Bet League Two fixture that he’s scored in and his manager believes that he’s only going to improve.
Lester said: “For me he’s the best striker in the league, he’s always on the shoulders and he’s getting better, shaper and fitter and I keep saying that you’ve not seen the best of him yet, but when he scores in every league game you have to give him some credit, he’s been brilliant and he was the match winner today.
“It was always going to be a tight game and I felt that we had the better goal scorer.”
The goal itself came from an Andy Kellett corner and Lester credited new goalkeeping coach Simon Tracey for coming up with the idea for the routine.
“Simon has come in and done some great work on set-pieces,” he commented. “We had a meeting about that and got Denno (Dennis) free on the far post and it was a difficult finish, he’s kept it low and made great contact, it was a lovely moment for us all.”
Paul Tisdale’s side threw men forward in the closing stages and Lester credited the likes of Sam Hird and Ian Evatt for being able to withstand the pressure, particularly after Wiseman’s dismissal.
Lester said: “Exeter put pressure on you, they play with two up front and they do play it into the striker and produce good crosses – they’ve got good players.
“They were always going to be tested, so to get a clean sheet against that front two and a side like that was fantastic.”
Jerome Binnom-Williams made his first start of the season and also Proact debut in yesterday’s clash and he impressed supporters with a lively display – and Lester too, though he admitted that he played 20-30 minutes more than what he had in mind.
“He was excellent wasn’t he? we planned and an hour and then 70 minutes, but he got through it!” Lester asserted.
“We had a real tough day on Tuesday and he came out on top in terms of the intensity he worked at, so I wasn’t surprised that he could last the 90, because he showed that with his figures that he’s making big strides with his fitness. He’s going to be a big player for us.”
Lester dedicated the victory to young 12-year-old Abbie Jacques, who recently passed away.
Fans in all four stands paid tribute to Abbie by conducting a minute’s applause in the in her honour after 12 minutes.
“It’s sad news and it puts into perspective this result,” Lester added. “It’s a difficult moment for the family and we offer all of our support and dedicate this win to her.
“It’s a sad moment and it’s at times like this that the football club has got to pull around and support the family where we can and we definitely dedicate that one to Abbie.”