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Jack Lester Pre Stevenage

26 January 2018

Manager Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday ahead of the Spireites' game with Stevenage on Saturday at the Proact (3pm). Here's what he had to say...

On Kristian Dennis: "He's not going anywhere at the moment. There has been a bid, but it was way too low so nothing.

"He's a big part of what we're doing - we're planning to have him here. We wouldn't move him on without having a replacement."

On the transfer window: "We're pleased with the work we've done. I think we've got a good mix of some experience and some real young up and coming players that are ours and we can really develop.

"If we can get more in that mould then we will do, but January is not an easy window. The market is smaller than it is in the summer."

On current injuries: "He's [Bradley Barry] very close. He's not quite in with the group yet. He's almost there. We've had a full good weeks training with no problems and we hope to have another next week.

"We'll probably arrange a game for Gozie Ugwu a week on Tuesday. We spoke to him about that today [Thursday]. He looks like he's getting his coordination and his touch back.

"Drew [Talbot] pulled his hamstring - a four to six-week injury - that's where we're at it. It's disappointing."

On the defence: "I thought the back four the last two games were excellent. Ramsdale in net has been fantastic. I could see his quality.

"We got a clean sheet against the top scorers in the country [Luton] and I never felt like they were going to score had it not been for a 25 yarder. The energy levels were better against Luton.

"It was nice to win two games and take an objective look at it. We managed to get six points which was fantastic. "

On Laurence Maguire: "I think for young players - centre half and goalkeeper are probably the toughest two. Mistakes are magnified - if you make a mistake up front or out wide it's not as highlighted. He's improving because he's got a little bit more experience. I think he has definitely got more aggressive. He's done the basics really well recently."

On player improvements: "We spend a lot of time with feedback sessions for the players and it's really helping them improve. It's definitely a learning environment. That's key to performance - if you improve in the players you've got then your performances will get better."

On home form: "I thought the Luton performance was excellent. There was a really good atmosphere and there was a real good feel about the place. From before the game to when the game went on you could just sense there was a real good feeling from the stands on to the pitch.

"We need to go on another run. We were on a great run and then got really hampered by injuries - there's no escaping that fact."   

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