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Lester: "We didn't deal with the ball well enough."

31 March 2018

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Chesterfield boss Jack Lester was left frustrated after the Spireites lost 2-1 to ten-man Port Vale yesterday afternoon.

The hosts took the lead on the stroke of half time, when Danny Pugh diverted David Worrall’s cross into the net, before he was shown a straight red card just two minutes later for a foul on Jacob Brown.

Louis Reed equalised with a well taken free kick in the second half, before Vale substitute Ben Whitfield’s strike in the 82nd minute won the game for the Valiants.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Lester said: “The game was there for the taking, we equalised and got back into it, and we hit the cross bar at 1-1.

“We didn’t deal with the ball well enough today, and that was key.

“They were two disappointing goals to concede, I felt that they came at bad times, right on half time and just before the end. Concentration needs to be better.

“I spoke at half time and felt that we’d go on and win two or three one, the game was taking that pattern.

“I thought we’d have had more energy than them, but we didn’t use the extra man well enough. You have to work hard to make that advantage count – the game was there for us.”

Following Reed’s fourth of the season the Spireites did create further chances to win the game, most notably when top goal scorer Kristian Dennis hit the cross bar with a header.

On Reed’s goal, the manager said: “It’s a great free kick, you’re getting to the stage now where you expect him to score.

 “It’s a great ball in from Brad [Barry], Denno’s [Dennis] got up well and it’s a good header, if that goes in you probably go on and win the game, and they’re the margins that we’re dealing in,” he added.

Following the frustrations suffered at Vale Park, the Spireites have a chance to put things right once again, when Newport County visit the Proact on Monday, 3pm.

The match sees the Spireites remain in the Sky Bet League Two relegation zone with eight games remaining, though Lester insists that the team’s destiny remains in their own hands.

He added: “Grimsby didn’t win their home game today and we get one coming up. If we win that we put some pressure on the others and it’s still in our hands.

“If we win our games in hand, we’re out of the bottom two and that’s a good position to be in, though we have to win our games.”

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