Chesterfield manager Jack Lester hailed his team’s character after they chalked up a second consecutive victory, in a 2-1 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park yesterday.
Louis Reed put the Spireites ahead, before Glovers substitute Lewis Wing levelled matters with 10 minutes left on the clock. But in stoppage-time, striker Kristian Dennis calmly converted his 15th goal of the season, to secure a memorable victory in Somerset.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “It was a fantastic finish, I thought the character when they equalised was really good, because we got ourselves in a very scrappy and tight game.
“We got ourselves ahead and I didn’t feel like they were ever going to score and then they pulled a 25-yarder out and that doesn’t half hurt, but I thought the character and to keep going, stay on the front foot and then win it like that was fantastic.
“The back four were excellent all day, Alex Whitmore came in for his debut and he did fantastic and they limited them to very little.
“We’ve had a bad run and then played the league leaders, before coming to Yeovil and managing to pick up six points, that’s a great return and we’ve dragged a lot of clubs in and around us, it’s been a great two weeks.”
Dennis’ goal certainly wasn’t easy, but the former Macclesfield Town striker made it look just that, latching on to Reed’s pass, rounding goalkeeper Artur Krysiak before placing the ball into an empty net from outside of the penalty area – sparking wild scenes among players and supporters.
“That’s why he’s one of the best in the league,” Lester said.
“He showed great composure, when the goalkeeper came out he still had a lot to do, it took a while to go in but that’s a big moment in a big, big game.
“Let’s not play this game down, it was a massive game, had they won they’d have gone seven points clear of us, but now it’s one.”
Lester also heaped praise on on-loan midfielder Reed, with the midfielder putting in another impressive display, capped off with him scoring his second goal of the season with a well taken free-kick in the 66th minute, to put Town 1-0 up.
“He was top drawer,” Lester said of the England U20 international. “He’s playing very well and is progressing well at the football club, I see development in him and I see him getting better and better, he’s got a really bright future. And I’m pleased for him, he’s an excellent professional who works his tail off in training and he wants to be better.
“He has the right character and every day is one that he uses to improve and that’s a hallmark of a player who’s going to go places.”
The manager also commented on how great it was to reward the 252 supporters, who made the long trip down to Yeovil from North Derbyshire.
He said: “We’ve had some tough trips, there was a 96th minute goal at Swindon. Everyone knew this was a big game for us, so to give all of those fans who made the long trip an injury time winner is lovely.”
Next up for the Spireites is a home clash with Stevenage at the Proact on Saturday (3pm) and it provides Lester's men with the chance to record three consecutive Sky Bet League Two victories and move themselves further away from the relegation zone.
“That would be lovely (if the Spireites were to record a third straight win),” Lester added. “We’ll prepare well, there’s bits to work on and we’ll dissect that game, see where we can get better.
“Our last home performance was excellent and we need to work really hard to replicate that.”
Meanwhile, Lester confirmed that full back Drew Talbot will be assessed this week, after he was forced to miss yesterday’s win with a hamstring injury that he picked up in training.