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Lester: "It shows that we're fighting."

11 April 2018

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester says that his team’s second half performance in the 2-2 draw with Morecambe last night, shows that his team are more than capable of getting out of the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone.

The Spireites trailed 2-0 at the interval at the Globe Arena, before goals from Kristian Dennis and Andy Kellett ensured a share of the spoils in Lancashire. And Lester believes that that point could be crucial in the bid to avoid the drop – and in the process add pressure to the teams above them.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “It shows that we’re fighting, it shows that we can come from behind and score goals. So there’s lots of positives to take from that, it sets us up nicely for Mansfield at home on Saturday.

“We’re a point nearer to everyone who’s watching that, there’ll have been a few watching that, who’d have been licking their lips at half time, and they’ll see that we’re still in there fighting and that puts other people under pressure as well.

“It gives us hope, it gives us belief that we can come back from tight situations, it sets it up lovely.”

Morecambe opened the scoring in the 16th minute, through Garry Thompson – after the awarding of a controversial free kick - before doubling their lead through Callum Lang, 17 minutes later.

It prompted Lester to make a double substitution at the break, with George Smith and Chris O’Grady replacing Bradley Barry and Robbie Weir.

Their introductions, along with the arrival of Louis Dodds for the injured Jak McCourt, helped the Spireites settle into a 4-4-2 formation and a more direct style of play.

“At half time we were bitterly disappointed as I felt we started the game quite well, and then we gave two goals away, that was tough to take,” Lester reflected.

“I thought we played some good football (in the second half), created some good chances and maybe could have won it, but from that situation at half time, that’s a big point and it might be something that counts at the end of the season.

“We changed the way that we wanted to play and went a little bit more direct, we put them under pressure, with a conventional 4-4-2.

“We wanted to get a bit of balance. Juddy [Smith] came on and was excellent, while Chris was involved in one, if not both goals and was a good target for us.

“The goal changed the game, it was a brilliant finish from Denno [Dennis], and then Kells [Kellett] hits another one in, and you hope that you might go on and nick it.

“There was then a couple of chances with headers, and I think we did enough to win the game tonight.”

Meanwhile, on the extent of McCourt’s injury, Lester added: “His shoulder popped out, he’s had that before, so it might take a bit of time to heal.”

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