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Jack Lester Pre Carlisle United

15 February 2018

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester spoke to the media earlier today, ahead of Saturday’s match with Carlisle United. Here’s a taster of what was up for discussion…….

On Cambridge loss: “We’ve had a big discussion about that today and the players led most of that.

“It was good to hear what they felt and their insights, holding each other accountable, standards and things like that.

“So, I just think we’re close to turning the corner. We were very close to turning that corner, we should have won the game the other night, but it’s about taking the advantages we have in games.”

On Carlisle team news: “Giles Coke will miss out with a hamstring injury, though we hope he won’t be longer than two-three weeks.

“Dylan Mottley-Henry looks like he needs a hernia operation, he’s not quite been himself, he’s not had that burst of pace. It’s going to be a four to six-week absence, he’s been told he needs to have the operation, so we hope he has that as soon as possible.

“We might get Sid Nelson back; Drew Talbot has trained today but it’ll be too soon for him.”

On Bradley Barry’s return: “It’s great to get Brad back, he got through 90 minutes and we’ve had a lot of injuries this season, there are a lot of lads who are a bit compromised at the moment, so to get him back is a big plus for us.

“He’s a young lad, he’s a got a bright future and we think a lot of him here. It’s good to have his energy and aggression back in the team.”

On Carlisle: “Simon Tracey will know them better than anyone, so we’ve got a good idea of what we’ll be facing and what might be.

“They changed their shape four times on Tuesday night, so to predict what shape they’ll play would be nearly impossible, but we know what personnel we’re likely to be facing and that’ll be the main part of our work going into the game."

His message to supporters: “I don’t think it’s changed, I think they’ve got a big part to play, I understand the frustration, we’ve had two good wins and then don’t back it up with the home games that we’ve had.

“So we’re all disappointed about that, we need to stay focused on performance and getting some wins under our belts as soon as possible.”

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