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Jack Lester Pre Swindon Town

23 February 2018

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Manager Jack Lester spoke to the media earlier today ahead of the Spireites' game with Swindon Town at the Proact tomorrow (3pm). Here's what he had to say...

On injuries: "A lot of the injured lads are really pushing to get back and play their part. We've had a number of players joining back in training. George Smith will have an in-house game on Tuesday, but he's fit - he's not injured anymore.

“Louis Dodds joined in today which is fantastic. Zavon Hines has trained a little bit today and Jordan Sinnott will probably join in next week. Giles Coke - the game will be too early for him tomorrow."

On Carlisle last weekend: "I thought the system was good enough to win a game and we had the one that hit the bar. It wasn't a good game, but we certainly weren't out played - we just didn't play. Going forward we didn't really bother them. It wasn't a great performance."

On training this week: "We probably had the toughest Tuesday we've had in a long time. The training ground has been a little bit out of action with the wet and the frost, but we got up there Tuesday and they didn't half work. We then had another session in the afternoon.

“That training is massive in what we do. When we were training at that real high intensity you could see it on the pitch."

On going back to basics: "That's very important. There have been individual errors which we have to rule out. You don't coach against those, but we speak about them and have feedback sessions. It's about lads getting their performances bang on."

On current run of defeats: "We've had bad luck in those games, some late goals and being unfortunate at the other end. But results are results and we needed to be better. Tomorrow is a big game but the four previously were."

On the supporters: "They're people who care for the club. Being a fan, you're a little helpless at times.

“The way you get fans on side is by winning football matches. I think results will follow - we're in a difficult situation. If this club means a lot to you, you're not going to go home and not be bothered.

"The fans aren't doing anything to detriment the football club - they're doing it because they care. It shows they have passion and they want the club to move forward. Let's not underestimate and devalue passion people have for the football club."

On Swindon: "They're a good side and so are we. We've trained really well this week, it's a game at home and one we're really looking forward to.

“I like the way they play - they've got some good players. We've had a look at them and we understand their threats. It'll be a good game of football."

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