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Lester: "0-0 would have been about right."

28 January 2018

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Chesterfield manager Jack Lester cut a frustrated figure after the Spireites’ 1-0 home defeat to Stevenage at the Proact yesterday afternoon.

Stevenage forward Ben Kennedy scored the only goal of the game in the 48th minute, charging down goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale’s clearance, to bring to an end Town’s winning run.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “We never looked in any trouble really, 0-0 would have been about right, we felt that we’d go and get something.

“It was a sloppy goal and just bad luck for us really. I don’t think we were quite good enough to win it, but we certainly should have lost it.

On Kennedy’s goal, he added: “Aaron did well apart from that, but it’s a mistake and in the very tight games they’re the things that decide them.”

Following the 2-1 win away at Yeovil Town last week, Lester made one change to his starting XI, with match winner and top goal scorer Kristian Dennis coming back in to the XI in place of O’Grady.

The inclusion of the 15-goal hitman unfortunately didn’t see him add to his tally, but the manager did feel as though there were positives to take from what was a scrappy encounter.

“He come and was bright last week, he scored the winner, so I put them on, up front on his own,” Lester explained. “He didn’t get much service today so he didn’t do a lot.

“I thought in the first half Joe Rowley was our best player and I thought that the back four did ok, 0-0 would have been right, though while we wouldn’t have been too happy with the performance it would have been solid enough.

Next up for the Spireites is another home fixture, with Crawley Town, next Saturday (3pm), a fixture that will provide his team with another tough test.

“They’re a good footballing side and are on a good run at the minute, so it’ll be a tough game,” he said.

Meanwhile, injured duo Bradley Barry and Gozie Ugwu may come back into contention for the match with the Red Devils, after both returned to full training recently following hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

Though Lester conceded that it’s more likely that the pair will be back in time for the trip to Morecambe on February 10.

Lester added: “They’ll have a full week’s training, they might be in and around it [Crawley], but we’ll try and get a game on the 6th for them, so it may be the weekend after that.”

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