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Lester Reflects on Crawley Defeat

4 February 2018

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester has urged his team to pick themselves up following yesterday’s 2-1 loss to Crawley Town at the Proact.

Louis Reed gave the Spireites a 1-0 lead at the interval, before Harry Kewell’s side came back in the second half, with well taken goals by Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Lewis Young to claim the three points.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We’d got ourselves in front in a tight game, there wasn’t a lot in the first half but we came out on top.

“To be fair it was a good goal to equalise, but we shouldn’t lose from that position.

“I think a point would’ve been about right, though there were a couple of mistakes for the goals, if you defend them better then you probably go on and win 1-0.

“I think you have to deal with it on Monday, sometimes it’s better to say nothing, step back and watch it again and to see how to improve.”

Lester made two changes to his starting XI, with deadline day signings Louis Dodds and Dylan Mottley-Henry making their debuts, in place of Joe Rowley and Zavon Hines.

Both players showed glimpses of what they can bring to the Spireites team, and Lester thinks that there’s more to come from the pair.

“I thought there were one or two good performances,” he commented. “When you put new players in you don’t always get that cohesion and I think you could see that today, but they’ll get better the more they play together.

“They did ok, both of them lacked match sharpness, but you could see the potential was there. We felt that that was the team that could win us the game, they got us ahead at half time, but we just needed to defend better and get on the front foot and go for the second.”

Reed’s deflected strike was his third of the season and also his second in his last three appearances. Lester once again hailed the impact of the on-loan midfielder, along with the defence and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

“Louis was the best player on the pitch for me,” Lester asserted. “He was outstanding and he can be very pleased with his performance.

“I thought the back four were very good and the ‘keeper made some good saves, we just didn’t get the attacking play going ahead of that.”

Meanwhile, the manager confirmed that Andy Kellett will be assessed after picking up a knee injury in training on Thursday, which prevented him from making the squad.

New signing Giles Coke also missed out, though he is set to play a part in a behind closed doors match on Tuesday. Striker Gozie Ugwu is also expected to feature as he builds up his fitness following a thigh injury.

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