Chesterfield manager Jack Lester hailed two-goal hero Jak McCourt as the Spireites defeated Forest Green Rovers 3-2 at the Proact last night.
McCourt opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, heading in an Andy Kellett free kick, before he got his and Town’s second nine minutes into the second half, when he fired through the legs of goalkeeper Bradley Collins from the edge of the area.
Rovers’ Christian Doidge pulled a goal back for the visitors, before Kristian Dennis added his 13th goal of the season and his sixth in his last six SkyBet League Two games with a cool finish from Joe Rowley’s pull back. Doidge grabbed his second in the closing stages, but it was McCourt’s night, with the midfielder taking his tally to five for the season.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said of McCourt: “He’s been brilliant hasn’t he?
“He scored two good goals tonight and he’s ran himself into the ground, his fitness levels have been good.
“He’s progressing nicely and he’s only 22, there’s a lot more to come from Jak but he was great tonight.”
In truth the Spireites’ win should have been a lot greater with Collins thwarting the Spireites on several occasions and Lester admitted that despite putting in an excellent performance, the only disappointment was the lack of goals.
“I’m really pleased with the result,” Lester said. “I thought we played some good football and the result was a lot tighter than it needed to be, we had enough chances to win it a lot more convincingly.
“The frustrating was the score line, I think 6/7-2 would have been about right with the chances that we had, but the football to create those chances was good. We moved the ball ok at times and better in other times, but we really needed to back up the win on Saturday with another one – that was the key tonight – keep the momentum going and we did that.”
On Dennis, Lester has often said that the best is yet to come from the striker and he maintained his view of that.
“He’s done ok tonight and he took his goal very well, he’s been excellent over the last few weeks to keep scoring match after match, it’s great for us to have somebody who keeps popping up.” The manager added.
A feature of Town’s play throughout the 90 minutes was the variation in their attacks, with the likes of Bradley Barry, Joe Rowley, Jerome Binnom-Williams and Andy Kellett enjoying space and freedom out wide.
This is something that Lester admitted his team had been working on and he praised their execution.
He said: “We look at getting down the sides of people, moving the ball and stretching people from side to side and I thought we did that quite well tonight.
“I thought the switches of play were good – we pulled them all over the place at times and we were getting in all of the time. I think we needed to be a little bit more clinical in the final third and it’d have been a top top performance.”
There was one change to the side from the team that beat Exeter City at the weekend, with Robbie Weir replacing the suspended Scott Wiseman.
The Northern Irishman has found himself out of the team in recent weeks, but has worked hard in training and merited his inclusion – now has manager has challenged those who’ve not been playing to do the same thing.
“We trained Sunday and he was magnificent and that got into my head,” Lester explained. “That’s the message to the players, training is a chance to showcase what you can do and get yourself in the team.
“We’ve got a number of lads in form and some who aren’t getting a lot of football at the minute because we’ve been on a good run and they’ve just got to keep going and be a part of it, because we’ll need them and the strength of the squad will be the attitude of the players who are not quite in.
“I must say the attitude of the players who haven’t been playing is fantastic they’re a real credit to themselves and professionalism.”
Next up for Town is trip to Field Mill on Saturday, to take on local rivals Mansfield Town (1pm). The fixture is one that the Town fans are looking forward too and Lester says that he and his players are too and that they’re ready for it thanks to their recent form and performances.
He added: “We go into it with back to back wins and we’re unbeaten in four games.
“The players deserve a lot of credit, to turn around like they are doing is great."