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Jack Lester Pre Port Vale

30 March 2018

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Spireites manager Jack Lester spoke to the media yesterday, ahead of the match with Port Vale this afternoon, 3pm. As usual there was much for discussion, here’s a flavour of what he had to say…

On Port Vale team news: “Robbie Weir is fine to play. He had a couple of days to recuperate and he trained today and is absolutely fine. 

“Jordan Sinnott needs more training but he is fit. He has been training for the last week or two. 

“Ian Evatt is still a little bit away. He has been back down to see the specialist and is still ahead of schedule. He is still going to be a few weeks away.” 

On the win over Notts County: “It was very pleasing. I think it breeds confidence when you play so well. There was a good energy about the team. It is definitely something to build on. 

“I had to leave a couple of players off the bench. It shows the strength is there now in terms of numbers. There was a good maturity about the team and they kept their composure really well.”

On Port Vale: “We have had time to have a good look at them. I saw them a week or two ago when I went to one of their games. I was quite impressed by them, I think they are a good side.

“We know what to expect. They have drawn a lot of games that they could have easily won. They have got some good players.” 

On the blossoming partnership between Alex Whitmore and Sid Nelson: “We put a lot of effort into the development of these players so they get a lot of individual feedback. 

“We are accelerating their development by the amount of work they have been given. They have both got a great attitude which means they will continue to improve. 

“I do expect them to have long careers because of their attitude. I have seen them improve over the last two or three months.” 

On Kristian Dennis: “There have been improvements in his game. There is a real fizz about him at the minute. He will think that he will score tomorrow. 

“He has got that confidence. He will know that he is two away from 20 (goals for the season). 

“He just needs to take care of his own performance. As a striker, it is not as easy as just turning up and playing well. There will be interest in him again in the summer.” 

On Andy Kellett’s recent performances: “I think he has been brilliant. He had a difficult January and February, he was playing a game and then missing a game. 

“When you keep him fit, he is a big threat. He excites me when he gets the ball. 

“He has been the catalyst for a lot of our good performances. You can see the performances that he is producing.” 

On the support of the fans: “I was impressed with them at 2-1 on Saturday. They did not get edgy which was really helpful. When the fans get behind the players, it really helps the team.”

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