Chesterfield manager Jack Lester praised the travelling Town supporters, on what was a difficult afternoon at Lincoln City yesterday.
The Spireites were backed by an impressive 1124 fans at Sincil Bank, but slipped to a 2-1 defeat, with Michael Bostwick’s deflected effort and an Andy Kellett own goal giving the Imps the lead at the interval.
Striker Kristian Dennis pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 82nd minute – his 7th of the season – but it proved to be too little too late.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “They were fantastic even though we didn’t give them a lot to shout about. I know how fantastic these fans are and how important they are to us as well.
“At times recently they’ve not had a lot to sing about and it’s about them really sticking with us and giving us something, because when they are together and on form it doesn’t half help the players and most importantly it’s our job to give them something to be proud of.
“We’re not there yet, I said from day one that it’s going to take time to give them something to be proud of, the players will have an opportunity to involved in that and then there’ll be players who fall away and that’s the nature of football, but we’ll be working very hard to give them a team to be proud of.”
Dennis’ goal did result in the Spireites pushing forward a lot more, but despite their efforts they were unable to grab an equaliser, leaving the manager frustrated that it did not come about earlier in the encounter.
“The fight was too late,” Lester said. “You’ve got to fight at 0-0 and from the start.
“I’ll have to look back at the first goal again, but there were one or two things that we’d spoken about that weren’t done, the first man not taking care of the football, basic errors and you can’t afford to make them. For the second goal we were done by a one-two on the side line, a cross comes in and it’s a goal.
“You’ve got to be consistent with your attitude and consistent with your behaviours on the football pitch, you’ve got to know what you’re going to get.”
Lester kept the same starting XI that beat Rotherham United in midweek, believing that their performance at the New York Stadium warranted another chance. It meant that Tommy Lee and Sam Hird once again missed out along with striker Gozie Ugwu.
All three of those players were injured and Lester provided an update on their progress.
He said: “Tommy’s having problems with the gash on his knee, while Hirdy is having a jab on Monday, so hopefully that’ll end that.
“Gozie has a thigh strain, it’s not been a good week for injuries and we need everybody, we’ve not got lots of options, so we need these players fit.”
With no midweek fixture, the Spireites now have a week to prepare for their next match at home to Morecambe on Saturday (3pm), meaning that Lester, assistant manager Nicky Eaden and first team coach Tommy Wright can further implement their ideas on to the playing squad.
Lester added: “It’s what we need, the players have got to come in and get ready for work. We’ve got a great fixture on Saturday at home to Morecambe and it’ll be one we are looking forward too.
“We’ll get the lads together, it’s a difficult dressing room at the minute and we’ll try and inject some life into it.
“It’s going to be a little bit two steps forward, one step back at the minute because of the way it’s panning out, but we just need a couple of results and we’ll be away. The players need a bit of help.”