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Jack Lester Pre Cambridge United

20 October 2017

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday afternoon ahead of tomorrow's match at Cambridge United (3pm), here's some of what he had to say, including a fitting tribute to Spireites legend Ernie Moss..........

On Crawley Town victory: “I think that we backed up Saturday’s performance and played some fast attacking football and I thought that we were excellent.

“You can’t be looking at results already, it was just important that we backed up a good performance with a win. Obviously, we want the performances to be right at this stage but we needed the win.”

On keeping a clean sheet: “It was needed, I thought we defended really well from back to front, the forwards worked hard and the midfielders did well in blocking gaps, it was a very solid performance.

“The clean sheet was good whoever was playing, we have a good and experienced back four and the way that they’ve been training I expect to see some more clean sheets, they’ve been excellent.”

On the team’s identity: “If you look at the club’s who’ve been in this situation and have built sensibly it’s not about four or five games to get that culture and identity across.

“Nathan Jones who is top at the moment with Luton Town has had four windows to get it right, they’ve built slowly and sensibly and he’s now got the characters and the staff that represent the way he wants to play and it’s the way that it’s going to be done here.

“The training is tough at the moment, we had a session today (Thursday) that was excellent and they are only going to get fitter.

“They are not fit in terms of the style of football that I want to play, the training is helping them achieve that but we aren’t where we want to be and the players know that, they’re putting everything in and it won’t take long because of the attitude they’re showing in training.”

On Kristian Dennis: “He’s only going to get sharper and his goal on Tuesday was excellent, he’s had numerous chances in the last two games and the next best thing to not scoring is missing chances because it means that you’re getting in and he will get sharper over the next month or so.

“I’d imagine that he will score a lot of goals this year, he’s been excellent.”

On Cambridge United team news: “Chris O’Grady was struggling with his back a bit on Tuesday, so we’ll check on him.

“Jerome Binnom-Williams is still coming back from injury and Tommy Lee is out, but all in all we are in a good place.”

On Cambridge United: “They’re a good side, Shaun Derry is a good manager and they have some pace and power.

“They had a good result in the week, winning 2-1 and I saw them at Mansfield earlier in the season and they were the better side there, so I’m expecting a tough game.”

On Ernie Moss: “I had many interactions with Ernie, when I first signed here I spoke to him a lot, he’s a fantastic fellow.

“He’s done unbelievable things for the club as a player and I have been in touch with his family – I played in one of his games. He’s a fantastic ambassador for the club and one the club is very proud of.

“He’s shown massive interest in the club since he left, when I was a player here he showed me terrific support, you could talk to him and get advice.

“People ask me about my shirt being retired, but if he’d have played in an era of squad numbers then I think he was far worthier, he's a terrific guy.”

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