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Jack Lester Pre Cambridge United

12 February 2018

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Town manager Jack Lester spoke to the media earlier today, ahead of the match with Cambridge United at the Proact tomorrow, 7.45pm, here’s a flavour of what he had to say….

On Morecambe postponement: “I think with the treatment room like it is, it doesn’t do any harm. There’s one or two with illnesses and injuries, so it didn’t come at a bad time.

“We were ready for the game, but we certainly weren’t overly disappointed.”

On Shaun Derry’s departure from Cambridge: “I think that’s been in the pipeline for a little while, Shaun is an excellent manager and from the outside looking in, it’s a bit of a head-scratcher.

“I thought he did really well there without massive resources, he produced a team that at the start of the season was playing really well but had had a little blip.”

On Cambridge preparation: “There’s a different manager (Joe Dunne), so they may be trying to play a different way.

“The last time he went in as interim manager they quickly changed to a 4-2-3-1, they’ve been playing a diamond, but we’re not preparing for any formation, we’re preparing for the individuals that we might face, so that’s been the focus.

“You can spend a lot of time second guessing what’s going on, if you don’t know you just prepare the players for the individuals they’re going to be facing and what are their strengths and weaknesses.”

On returning to winning ways: “I don’t think we’ve been outplayed in our last two home games, though our performances haven’t been as exciting or as attacking as we have been, but we’ve been working on that quite a lot on the last couple of weeks.

“We’re looking to be more effective in our attacking play and getting one or two players coming back from injury will help that.

“We’ve won two out of our last four and if we win tomorrow, it’ll be three from our last five, which is a good return, but we’ve got to go and try to win the game tomorrow night and that’s our focus.”

On new physio Johnny Wilson: “We lost our last physio (Michael McBride), so we had to bring somebody else in. He went on to Scunthorpe and was great when he was here.

“Johnny’s come in and had a pretty much blank canvas, he has the same mindset and when I interviewed him, I offered him the job within about five minutes.

“He’s a very intelligent man and keen on mental toughness through putting the players in tough situations. I’ve been having a laugh with the injured lads, because they’re finding it tough and that pleases me.”

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