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Lester Reflects on Lancashire Loss

7 January 2018

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester has urged his players to put yesterday’s defeat to Accrington Stanley behind them and quickly turn their attention to next Saturday’s match with Luton Town.

Two goals in either half from Mark Hughes, Sean McConville in the first and Kayden Jackson and Billy Kee in the second, gave Stanley a 4-0 win at the Wham Stadium and while Lester conceded that the display wasn’t good enough, he still believes there is enough quality in the squad to get back to winning ways.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We need to be better, work hard and get back to basics.

“There wasn’t many chances against us really (in the opening stages), it was a case of not picking up, losing your man from a corner to go 1-0 down.

“On the whole we probably played the second half in their half, but the game was done. You need to be able to play at 0-0.”

“We’ve got a week to work on it, we’re looking to freshen things up. We’ve got enough in that dressing room to be fine, we’ve just got to pull together and do it.”

Lester made six changes to the side that lost at Coventry City on New Year’s Day, with Laurence Maguire returning to the XI, while debuts were given to Aaron Ramsdale, Drew Talbot Sid Nelson, Josh Kay and Zavon Hines. With Ramsdale and Kay in particular experiencing contrasting fortunes.

“There wasn’t that many options,” Lester said of the changes. “We’ve got injuries at the back and the goalkeeper [Jake Eastwood] has gone back, so we were just trying to put a stamp on the game.

“There were a couple of mistakes, but he’s [Ramsdale] a top goalkeeper and he’ll be fine. He’s got great ability, but that’s a steep learning curve for him, he’ll just have to man up and get on with it.

“In times like that you’ll need to get those mistakes out of the way and move forward. Josh was excellent, he broke from midfield and gave us that energy.”

Meanwhile, Lester confirmed that striker Chris O’Grady missed out yesterday due to suffering from a back injury, while club captain Ian Evatt will also have an operation on his injured knee next Tuesday. 

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