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Jack Lester Pre Forest Green Rovers

21 November 2017

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Town boss Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday afternoon ahead of this evening's clash with Forest Green Rovers (7.45pm). As usual there were a number of topics up for discussion here's a flavour of what Jack had to say.........

On Saturday’s victory: “It was a good result, the character of the team was excellent and I thought that the energy levels were high and the football was good at times.

“I don’t think it was as good as we’ve played in the last few weeks, but the character was where it needs to be.

“Our performances have been improving and we’re a match for anyone.”

On Scott Wiseman’s dismissal: “His first booking was for time wasting, which depends on who the referee is on the day if they get given.

“The second one is a yellow card and it means that Scott loses his place in a winning team and it gives an opportunity for somebody else to come in and take a place, do really well and stay in it.

“The way the lads have been training, they’ve been so good the difficult thing for me is leaving them out of the team and wanting them to maintain those levels of attitude for each session. Training has been excellent today (Monday), we were in yesterday (Sunday) and there was a group who didn’t play the 90 minutes and they were excellent. So there’s really good signs, whoever comes in and plays really well will keep their place.”

On a rocking Proact: “Some of the players who’ve signed recently won’t have seen what’s possible in this stadium in terms of the noise we make and getting behind the team when we’re in a position to be giving the fans a team to be proud of.

“I’m excited for the players for what they’ll be playing in front of, I think this could be really tough place to come and play, I’ve been here when the fans really get behind you and we can be out of sight by half time.

“We’re not there yet, but I do think that we’re not far away from giving a team a bit of a hiding, I think the performances, attitude and the way they train guarantees performances will be rising as you’ve seen.”

On Ian Evatt: “I can only judge on what I’ve seen and he’s been excellent.

“He’s fitter and leaner than when I first came in – as they all are – but the way he reads the game and the voice he has in the dressing room, his attitude in training has been right out of the top drawer.

“He’s been excellent and made himself captain for the way he’s trained; I can’t speak highly enough of him.”

On Forest Green: “They’ve picked up really well, they had a difficult start – as did we – and are picking up – as are we.

“It’ll be a good game of football, we’re excited about it, it’s another home game and another chance for the fans to see where we’re trying to go with this and we’re more than ready for it.”

On building something special: “I think if we’d have been in the top seven with how we’ve been playing nobody would be surprised by that.

“We’re definitely trying to build something, we’re nowhere near where we’ll end up because we won a game on Saturday, the staff are very focused in what we’re trying to produce in terms of a football team and how it needs to look and the standards of each individual player.

“I think the players are aware of what’s expected of them and I’m hoping that the fans are starting to see glimpses of what’s going on. We’re excited about the future, we really are, we can’t wait for the game tomorrow night, we’re going to build something special.

“We’ve always said it’s going to take time, we’re nowhere near where we’re going to end up.”

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