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Jack Lester Pre Mansfield Town

24 November 2017

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Spireites boss Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday afternoon ahead of tomorrow's derby match with Mansfield Town, 1pm. Here he discusses the match's significance, the team's recent performances and gives a message to the supporters

On back to back wins: “We played really well on Tuesday, it was important to get a win and then back it up with another, so I’m really pleased with them.

“The energy and intensity levels were excellent and the intelligence of the players was good, it’s been a great week.

“I think the Exeter game was always going to be a tough afternoon and we felt we edged it, while for the Forest Green game the other night the only thing was we should have won by more it could have been five or six.”

On Jak McCourt: “He’s been great, he’s got himself fit and he’s improving every game. He’s 22-years-old, so he’s only a young lad so there’s more to come from him.

“We’re really pleased with him, I think that he’s enjoying his football and he’s a threat and doing his work of the ball, he’s doing really well.”

On looking up: “We’re in striking distance of moving out of the bottom three, we’ve dragged a few teams into it and one or two teams around us have won as well, which means that there’s more being drawn in.

“But we’re looking up, our performances are where they should be, when you first come in you can’t look too much at results you’ve got to look at performances and we’ve been pleased with them but disappointed with the results.

“I think we’re getting both of them and definitely making strides, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be.”

On Mansfield Town significance: “You prepare properly for every game but we’re not just going to say that it’s another game, it’s one with a little bit of edge on it and needle and that excites us.

“We like those type of games and I think that the players have the type of character to cope with that and we’ll be going into it looking to win it.

“The players understand the importance of it, every game is important but to say it’s just another game isn’t quite real.”

On Scott Wiseman’s return: “It’s important to have our best players available, so the more we’ve got to choose from the better it is.

“I think the important thing is how the lads who aren’t in the side train, the lads who’ve not been getting the one to 11 shirts have been brilliant and they are the strength of the squad. How they train is key for us moving forward and they’ve been brilliant.”

Message to supporters: “We’re going to continue what we’re doing, we’re going to compete and try to win the game.

“We’ll be turning up knowing what we’re going to face, being ready for it and as they’ll have a game plan to play against us, it’s whoever deals with that best on the day.”

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