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Lester: "It was a tale of both boxes."

15 October 2017

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester rued his team’s luck in front of goal after the 2-0 home defeat to Morecambe yesterday.

A goal in either half from Adam McGurk and Garry Thompson secured three points for the Shrimps, in a match that saw Lester’s side create a host of chances.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “I think that up to both boxes we played well, we created 15-16 chances to their six or seven, but we’ve lost 2-0.

“It was a tale of both boxes I’m afraid and there are balls flashing across both boxes and we need to be in those positions to pop them in.

“I think when you’re losing games it’s difficult to jump out of that and there’s a bit of doubt and expectancy in there and we need to think a bit more positively, but I thought we played quite well today.”

McGurk’s strike came via a free-kick from outside the area, after referee Darren Drysdale adjudged Robbie Weir to have fouled a Morecambe attacker.

Like many inside the stadium Lester felt that Weir’s tackle wasn’t a foul, but refused to use that as an excuse.

“We should have had a free kick higher up the pitch,” he said. "But it’s gone through the wall and it’s a disappointing goal.

“The second has looped up and before a deflected header and that’s the way it’s going at the moment.”

The Spireites’ boss recalled Kristian Dennis and Louis Reed to his starting XI after both appeared from the substitutes bench at Lincoln City and he felt that both performed well on the day, justifying their selections.

Lester said: “Kristian is our top goal scorer and he’s most likely to score, he does sniff out a chance, he’s had chances today and when he does get a chance I fancy him to take it.

“Reedy is a top footballer and it was two good additions to the team.

“We haven’t really got a left winger in the building and somebody has to play out there. For the way we were trying to play I thought it might suit him, I thought he got on the ball and he made things happen – I thought he did excellent.”

Lester also praised the performance of midfielder Joe Rowley, who has returned to the side in the last three matches following a shoulder injury.

“He’s a young lad trying to make his way in the trade,” Lester remarked. “Things happen when he gets the ball, he’s a good technical player.

“These games will do him good, it’s a tough experience for him coming into a team that’s struggling at the minute and he’s doing well. He’ll be better for the experience, he’s got an opportunity to grow because it’s tough – and everybody’s got an opportunity to grow as we’re up against it. These are the moments where become a hero, you’ve got to step up to the plate.”

Next up for the Spireites is an away trip to Crawley Town on Tuesday (7.45pm) and the manager believes that having a game so quickly after yesterday’s result will benefit the team, even though it will be a difficult fixture.

He added: “We’ll get in tomorrow (Sunday) and look forward.

“They’ve had an indifferent start and they’ve changed their formation in the last couple of weeks, but they like to keep the ball moving and it’ll be a difficult to predict what they’ll do.”

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