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Jack Lester Pre Morecambe

8 February 2018

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Ahead of Saturday's trip to Morecambe, 3pm, Chesterfield manager Jack Lester spoke to the local media. Here's a taster of what he had to say this week......

On Crawley Town loss: “I was the same as a player, when you lose a game like that it’s difficult to take, especially when it’s one you felt you were in control of.

“Of course, it’s disappointing, but by Sunday morning you pick yourself up and you’re off, planning and preparing.”

On Notts County friendly: “Everybody got involved in that and it was just about getting people playing with each other, that was the outcome we wanted and there was some bright football played, so it was good.

“That’s why you arrange these games, it’s been a good week and it was good to get the group together.”

On Morecambe team news: “Giles Coke did really well (vs Notts County), he’s very experienced and has a good physical presence. He’ll be in contention.

“Bradley Barry has trained well today, you know what you get from Brad, he’s been a great boost to have back, we’ve realised how much we’ve missed him by him powering up that line.

“Gozie Ugwu picked up an ankle injury and will be out for 8-12 weeks, it’s a big disappointment that, as he’s someone who we’ve not had the pleasure of working with and he gives us something different.

“Drew Talbot is maybe about a week to ten days to get him back on the grass, we don’t want to rush him back. George Smith is running well, he’s a good athlete and will be a real asset to us.

“Sid Nelson has some swelling on the knee, we’ll have to wait for him to have a scan, he’s a doubt.”

On making changes to the starting XI: “I think Monday to Friday has a big say on who’s going to play on a Saturday. It’s important that training counts for something.

“We’ve worked on quite a lot of things this week, so everyone’s had a game and a chance to impress, there’s another day’s training and then we’ll sit down and discuss who deserves to play.”

On current form and Morecambe: “We’ve lost our last two, but won the two before that, so that’s what we’re concentrating on.

“I’ve never really bought in to the ‘it’s just another game’ argument, there’s more to it than that. You go right through the league there’s not an easier game, there’s little in it and we have to prepare as well as we can.

“You’ve got to go and do the best you can, whoever you play. You have to deal with that moment. That’s the approach we’ll have to the game.” 

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