CHESTERFIELD boss John Sheridan heaped much praise on his squad following the 5-0 victory over Rotherham United on Friday, but he saved a special word for hat-trick hero Jack Lester.
The 35-year-old striker, who moved into seventh place in the club’s all-time league scoring charts, became the first Chesterfield player since the man two places above him in that list, Bryan Frear, to notch two hat-tricks in the same season.
Frear hit two trios, both against Southend United, in 1958-59, whilst Lester followed up his New Year’s Day three-goal salvo against Stockport with the final three goals against Millers.
Sheridan purred: “I always said he’d be a massive player for us. I feel as though I’ve looked after him in the right way.
“He’s getting to an age now; we’ve all been there, I’ve been there myself, so you have to look after him to get the best out of him.
“He’s been a massive player for me, particularly at home.
“He’s got that little bit about him that one or two of the others haven’t. I hope some of the younger strikers will learn from him.”
One of those youngsters, Jordan Bowery, provided the assist for Lester’s second with his first touch.
His manager said: “It’s good for him; he’s got to build his confidence.
“I took off Craig Davies who was playing really well and was a massive threat all night.
“I’m fortunate to be able to bring a young kid on who I think a lot of, so it won’t do him any harm setting a goal up for Jack with his first touch.”