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Lee: "The gaffer's made changes and they're starting to come to fruition."

29 October 2017

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Goalkeeper Tommy Lee returned to the Chesterfield line-up on Saturday as the Spireites came from behind to draw 2-2 with Carlisle United.

Kristian Dennis' header with six minutes remaining cancelled out Carlisle goals from Danny Grainger and Richie Bennett after Jak McCourt had opened the scoring.

However, it was a performance which perhaps warranted more than a point, as Jack Lester's team created several good openings in the second half. Lee spoke about the display saying: "We probably should have won the game.

"We had a bit of a mad 10 to 15 minutes in the second half where they got on top. We were maybe a little anxious in possession and they equalised and then went ahead. I think it's a credit to the lads and the new regime that we've got in place of how we reacted and how we came back."

A major part of coming from behind was the fitness levels Lester has installed in the team since he arrived and the ability for the team to keep going was something Lee picked up on. "The proof is in the pudding out on the pitch and I think you saw today when it was getting touch and go towards the last 10 to 15 minutes there was only one team going to win," he reflected.

Performances in recent weeks have been encouraging under the new manager and earning a point against Carlisle was a testimony to the players’ hard work. Lee commented: "I think the last five or six games the fans can see that there's a change. The gaffer's made changes and they're starting to come to fruition on and off the pitch.

"We've all got to stick together and we'll definitely get to where we want to be under this manager."

One of the stand out players in the Spireites team this season has been Dennis and after notching his tenth goal of the season Lee drew comparisons to him and the current manager. "He's a goal scorer and in and around the box he's frightening. He's similar to the manager when he played - give him half a chance in the box, he either got you a penalty or a goal," Lee said.

The fans were another reason for the team's late goal, as they really rallied the side this weekend which is something Lee urges them to keep up. "I've had a fantastic relationship with the fans since I came to the club and I always appreciate the support they give me and we're going to need every little bit of that support going forward," he stated.

The experienced goalkeeper meanwhile took the time to ensure supporters that he's over the knee injury that kept him out for a few weeks. Lee revealed: "The knee's fine, it's not an issue. It needed a few weeks to heal but it was nice to be back out there."

The Spireites now have a week off from Sky Bet League Two action as they travel to Bradford next weekend for an exciting FA Cup tie. Looking ahead to the match Lee said: " It'll be a difficult game but I think it'll be a good yardstick for us to see how much we have progressed.

"We'll go there, enjoy it and hopefully get a result to bring back." 

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