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Lester: "It was a point gained."

18 March 2018

Chesterfield boss Jack Lester says that yesterday’s 1-1 draw away to Cheltenham Town was a point gained rather than a two points dropped.

Kristian Dennis gave the Spireites the lead at the LCI Rail Stadium in the 74th minute, with his 17th goal of the season, before Robins substitute Brian Graham levelled five minutes later.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “It’s a point gained, this is a very difficult fixture and they’ve been the form team in the division having watched their recent games.

“To come away from home after a couple of bad results, I thought the lads really worked hard, we out worked them today, on a very difficult pitch.

“I thought that Andy Kellett was probably the only player on the pitch who could get the ball down in tough conditions, but it’s definitely a point gained.

“It wasn’t so much the conditions it was the quality of players, that we are playing against. They’ve scored a lot of goals recently, and they beat Swindon last week. So we knew it was going to be a tough afternoon. We’ve had the best chances of the game and we’ve limited them to very little.”

The Spireites were forced to defend for long periods of the game, but stuck together to earn a share of the spoils, though they were also able to call on the services of goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who produced a commanding display, and produced a fine save to deny Mohammed Eisa in the first half.

“That’s why we brought him in,” Lester said. “He’s had a few little mistakes but he’s a top, top goalkeeper. You could see the fans today were able to see what he’s all about, what his qualities were and I thought he was excellent.

“I thought he was assured and in difficult, swirly conditions he held his nerve and did the basics brilliantly well.”

Lester made two changes to the starting XI from the defeat to Lincoln City last week, with Dennis and Robbie Weir coming back into the side in place of Chris O’Grady and Jak McCourt. And the manager felt that the pair more than justified their inclusion in Gloucestershire.

He said: “I thought Kristian worked hard, he was always on the shoulder and in and around, I was impressed with his work rate.” 

While on Weir, he added: “Both he and Drew were really good and they marshalled that centre of the pitch, which was an important area for us.

“They have the three in midfield, with two of those attacking and it was important that we had people in there who could track those runs and give an assured performance.”

Next up for the Spireites is a home clash with Notts County next Sunday, 1.30pm, a match that will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

And Lester feels that having the extra day to prepare for the Magpies’ visit will be beneficial in more ways than one.

He added: “We may get one or two back and we’ll get Reedy [Louis Reed] back into the frame.

“Early on in the week we’ll have a practice match and get some minutes into the lads coming back from injuries, which’ll be good. We’ll have the chance to get four/five days in, the eight days (between games) doesn’t do us any harm.”


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