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Jack Lester Pre Mansfield Town

13 April 2018

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Spireites boss Jack Lester spoke to the media earlier today, ahead of tomorrow’s big local derby with Mansfield Town at the Proact, 1pm. Here’s a flavour of what he had to say this week…….

On the draw at Morecambe: “I thought the response in the second half was excellent, (there was) just a couple of mistakes otherwise we’d have controlled the first half.

“The response was top drawer really and we could’ve gone on and won the game.”

On the rivalry with Mansfield and preparation for the game: “It’s hatred, I think that’s a fair word (to describe it).

“It’s great to play in and win, I can tell you that, because you make so many people happy.

“It’s definitely not just another game, because derby games are not like that, because it means more to other people and to the fans, and understandably so, because of the history of it.

“So, it’s about getting the players in the right frame of mind and fired up. The tensions are higher in a stadium and it does give a lack of calmness in players. It’s about hitting that sweet spot of performance and not being over excited, where you’re liable to get a red card or anything like that, and certainly be focused enough to give a top performance.”

On Mansfield’s style of play under David Flitcroft: “Well we’ve played Swindon with a 3-5-2 and a 4-4-2, so getting their shape spot on, we’re not too sure what they’ll do.

“We’ve seen how they play and their strengths in recent games, but it’ll be about Mansfield having to adjust to us. We want to put on a real high-energy, athletic, attacking performance and let them worry about us.”

On potentially winning the day’s early game: “It’s good to get back at home and having Mansfield at home, we’ve got great fans here who’ll give us fantastic backing – and the players will respond to that.

“The fans have had a lot to deal with in terms of it not being good enough, but the players are working hard to turn that around.

“(If we were to win) tomorrow would be a fantastic result, we play at 1pm, before everybody kicks off, and it’d be a fantastic shot in the arm if we can put three points down before the others play.”

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