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Lester: "It’s a good opportunity."

3 October 2017

Chesterfield manager Jack Lester says that tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy match with Rotherham United, 7pm, is a good fixture for both the coaching staff and the first team squad.

The match at the New York Stadium will give Lester another chance to assess the first team squad after only taking over at the club last Friday.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “It’s a good game for us as it allows us to have a look at players, we picked a side on Saturday based on one training session so there were a lot of players who hadn’t done anything wrong to be left out.

“It gives us a chance to have a look at players who got left out and gives them a chance to play, so it’s a good opportunity for us and for them.”

Lester has hinted that he will make changes for the match with the Millers and provided an update on how the squad are shaping up for the game as well as what he expects from Paul Warne’s team.

“We get Bradley Barry back from suspension,” he said. “Tommy Lee will have to be checked as he’s got a wound that’s opening up a little bit and we’ll have a look at Sam Hird tomorrow (Tuesday).

“You want to win every game and I want to see some of the things that we’ve been talking about and what we’ve been looking at on the training ground. So, if we’re doing things right we’ll be looking to win the game.

“I think they may make one or two changes and give others a chance to play, but we’re expecting a very tough game, it always is away at Rotherham.”

The new manager further strengthened his backroom staff over the weekend, bringing Tommy Wright back to the club on Saturday morning.

Lester worked with Wright during his playing career and jumped at the chance to bring the popular Scot back to the Proact.

“I know Tommy, he was my assistant when I played and was always someone I kept in touch with,” he explained.

“He’s a great coach, he oversaw a lot of the good things that were going on at Barnsley, getting them going and got them up the league, he was a big part of that.

“We’re lucky to have him, I think he’s a great appointment and he’ll develop our players as well, he’s a coach that I know will set the standards that we’re going to hold so high. I need people around me who are going to push players and set high standards.”

Meanwhile, Lester also praised the youth team for their 2-1 victory over Doncaster Rovers last Saturday.

Lester attended the first of the match at St George’s Park Sheffield Graves, before leaving to prepare for the Cheltenham Town fixture and he was impressed with what he saw from Miguel Llera’s men.

He added: “I like the intensity that they worked at and I thought that they played well.

“They won a good game and it was my first look at them, I’m trying to see what’s coming up below.”


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