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Lester: "Now we can go and improve and get some players in."

2 January 2018

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After negotiating a busy schedule of matches, Chesterfield manager Jack Lester is now preparing himself for what he hopes is going to be a busy January in the transfer market.

Lester’s injury-hit side lost 1-0 at Coventry City yesterday, courtesy of Marc McNulty’s first half strike – a match that also saw defender Scott Wiseman dismissed for two bookable offences and Sam Hird having to be withdrawn at half time due to injury. 

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We need to be better at the other end of the pitch, I don’t think they really caused a problem, it was a really soft goal to concede, 0-0 would’ve probably been about right, I don’t think we did enough to win the game.

“It’s not to be at the minute, I think the squad will welcome some fresh faces I genuinely do. They’ve been together for a long time with not a lot of success, but fair play to them they’ve got themselves out the bottom two and put a great run of results together.

“It’s a little bit hard to remember that now, but if we hadn’t have done that we’d be in a little bit of trouble. But because of that great run of results, we find ourselves in a safe position, now we can go and improve and get some players in that’ll help us move forward.”

Long serving defender Hird went down injured towards the end of the first half at the Ricoh Arena and though he managed to see out the remainder of that period, he was replaced by the returning Laurence Maguire after the interval.

With Hird adding to the growing list of injuries and Wiseman being suspended, it means that Lester will once again have to reassess his defensive options ahead of the trip to Accrington Stanley this Saturday (3pm). Though Maguire did come through his first appearance in almost a month unscathed and new signing Drew Talbot will be eligible to play.

“He’s been nursing himself through,” Lester said of Hird. “He’s the one fit centre half at the club, Wiseman’s a stand in one, he gets himself suspended.

“Hirdy’s [Hird] felt a pain in his thigh so that doesn’t tell me it’s great. So we’ll have to wait and see, I don’t know but it doesn’t look good when you get a sharp pain in your thigh.

“He [Maguire] seems to have come through it okay, no injuries, but you could see he needs games, he needs to be fitter.”

And on Gibraltar international Wiseman’s dismissal, Lester said: “I don’t remember the first one, the second one looked a little bit soft, but we’ll look back at the game and look at how we can improve to and get something on Saturday.”

While there aren’t usually many positives to take from a fourth defeat in five games, Lester moved to praise midfielder Louis Reed, who once gave put in a very solid performance and also Jake

Eastwood, who denied the Sky Blues on several occasions throughout the 90 minutes.
He said: “Reedy’s [Reed] been excellent. He’s got a really bright future I really like him, I like the way he goes about his work, he cares if he wins or loses, it matters to him and that’s vital
“I thought he’s [Eastwood] done great, two big saves and if we get something at the other end that’s how you win a game.”

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