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Lester: "It’s going to take time."

1 October 2017

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester gave an honest assessment of his team’s performance as they lost 2-0 at home to Cheltenham Town yesterday.

Two goals from Cheltenham striker Mohammed Eisa sealed the visitors’ win, denying Lester the chance to start off his tenure as manager with a victory.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “It was disappointing, let’s be honest.

“I knew it was going to be tough and that it was going to take time to turn around, the lads are low on confidence and they need help.

“We need to get them going, make some alterations and get on track as quick as we can.”

Eisa opened the scoring in the 44th minute after a first half which had been largely even. Before adding a second in the 68th minute.

“I thought we were ok and quite bright,” Lester said of the first half performance. “It was quite a ‘nearly’ performance. You need a break of the ball and something to fall and then you may be going a goal up.

“When I’ve been in teams that are struggling, if you don’t get that first goal, it’s very much ‘here we go again’ and I felt that the first goal would be key today.”

Lester made four changes from the midweek match with Yeovil Town, bringing in the likes of Tommy Lee, Ian Evatt, Jordan Flores and striker Kristian Dennis and he explained his reasons for doing so.

He said: “Kristian’s the top goal scorer and deserved to play, while I brought Tommy back in and he did good. I thought that Evo [Ian Evatt] also did well, while I thought that Chris O’Grady did well as well.

“After that I thought it was a bit bitty, it just wasn’t quite there, there wasn’t the aggression required to win a football match, but that will only come from the way we train. We’ve spoke about it and it’s going to take time.”

There was also a surprise when it was announced that Robbie Weir would captain the side, though the manager felt that the Northern Irishman had earned the honour.

“The few times I’ve seen him he looks like a leader,” Lester commented. “He has a voice and in the few games I’ve seen him in before he was excellent.

“He was very good in training yesterday (Friday) and I like the way he went about his work.”

Next up is a trip to Rotherham United on Tuesday (7pm) in the Checkatrade Trophy, a match that will prove beneficial to Lester and his coaching staff, as they bid to impose their ideas across the squad.

He added: “We put a team together and will get another chance, when we go to Rotherham and have a good look at everyone. We’re just trying to assess and find a team that can pick up some points.

“I think it’s a good fixture for us, in terms of seeing as many players that I can and that’s what I’ll do.”

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