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Jack Lester Pre Crawley Town

16 October 2017

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Spireites boss Jack Lester spoke to the media ahead of the match with Crawley Town tomorrow (7.45pm), here is some of what he had to say…….

On Morecambe reflections: “Looking at the chances we created we did more than enough to win the game.

“Two little bits, one for a free-kick to them one of the back post where we could have been a bit better.

“We had chance after chance, wave after wave second-half and it was encouraging but obviously results matter.

“The one that went through the wall should have been better and defending the back post, I don’t think we switched off, we just have to be a little more decisive and alert.

“I think there were some good performances Saturday, obviously you lose the game and you’re a bit swayed by the result and when I looked the game back we were much better than I thought.”

On implementing ideas: “I think our play in the final third was better, we’ve looked at that, I think the energy in the team is getting better and that will only come from the training ground.

“You can’t just say work harder and a better intensity unless it’s in your legs. The weights programme which is beginning will make the players be a little stronger, so in terms of that there was progress and encouraging, I thought the play in the final third was excellent, we have another free week next week and we managed to do some work on the shape today.

“We had a chat Sunday about several things, mind set you need to win games, we should have won the game Saturday.”

On adding to the squad: “We don’t just want to sign a stop-gap really, players that are going to come in need to improve the squad, we are looking for that. We’re not just going to sign anybody we’re waiting till January and do more decisive work.”

On Crawley team news: “Tommy Lee won’t be back tomorrow but he’s on the mend. Sam Hird is available.

“Gozie Ugwu is going to be a little while, he’s got a nasty tear in his thigh, he’ll be out for maybe a couple of months at least.”

On Jordan Sinnott and central midfield: “We have got a lot of central midfield players here, we pick the lads who are in form and doing well in training. He’s trained well in the past couple of days, that is the one area of the pitch where there’s a lot of competition.

“What I judge the players on is the time I’ve been here, there’s been some excellent performances in central midfield. If he’s the best player in training he will play.”

On Bradley Barry: “They though he swallowed his tongue, I was on the bench and thought he got knocked out, but on reflection they thought he swallowed his tongue.

“He did look a little unconscious but he’s a fighter is Brad and he got up and finished the game very well, with great energy, he’s a very young lad with a very bright future at this club.”

On turning things around and Crawley: “We’re doing everything we can to get a couple wins on the board and once we do that we’ll be away.

“They started out playing through the thirds, they’ve gone more direct recently, they’ve got some talent and are a good side and we expect a good game.”

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