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Lester: "They'll have our full support."

11 March 2018

Chesterfield manager Jack Lester says that he and his team will be offering their full support, to the supporter who was taken ill during yesterday’s match with Lincoln City at the Proact.

The match was delayed for around 30 minutes in the first half, to allow an air ambulance to land on the pitch at the Proact, so that the stricken supporter could be taken to hospital. Thankfully, it was later confirmed that the supporter was responding well to medical treatment.

Speaking about the incident to iFollow, Lester said: “I think it shook a few a people, and it’s not what you want to see and it’s a sad moment.

“Of we course we’ll offer support in any way that we can and they’ll have our full support.”

On the pitch the Spireites saw 1-0 lead overturned by Danny Cowley’s side, who eventually ran out 3-1 winners.

Alex Whitmore gave Town the lead shortly after the match had restarted, heading in Josh Kay’s cross at the far post in the 31st minute. Michael Bostwick levelled before the half time, and then Scott Wharton and Ollie Palmer sealed the visitors’ victory with goals in the second half. Leaving Lester to lament on what might have been.

He said: “It was important to get in front, then we just had to hold it out until half time.

“We didn’t look after the ball good enough, there were little technical errors that shouldn’t be there, but I didn’t think they were going to open us up at any point.

“Two set-pieces changed the game. There were a couple of blocks on the back post, but you still have to win the headers. We were aware of where the headers were going to go and we didn’t compete enough.

“I thought we were the better side really, but the set-pieces undid us. When we went 1-0 up I thought we’d probably be the most likely in open play to score again. We spoke about not giving away cheap free kicks and set-pieces as that was where they might score.”

The result leaves the Spireites in 23rd place in Sky Bet League Two, six points from safety. Lester however, insists that there is still much to play for in the 11 games the Spireites have left, but acknowledged the need to get back to winning ways quickly.

“We’ve got to go on a run where you win four or five in a row, or go seven unbeaten like we’ve done before and we are very capable of doing that,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, Lester has confirmed that Giles Coke missed the match with the Imps yesterday due to an Achilles injury, and that it is likely that the midfielder will miss the remainder of the season.

Louis Dodds and Jerome Binnom-Williams also missed out yesterday due to a calf injury and illness respectively, though Lester expects both to be fit for next week’s visit to Cheltenham Town.

“It’ll be a tough game, we need to get a few bodies back and go down there and get a good result,” he added. 

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