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‘We’re not playing Real Madrid, we’re going to places we’re capable of winning’

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Jack Lester says Chesterfield could ‘easily’ pick up a much needed win at high flying Exeter tomorrow night.

The Spireites boss has been unable to mastermind a win in four games and his side are bottom of League Two, seven points from safety with five fixtures left to save their EFL status.

They might be staring down the barrel of relegation but Lester says they still have to believe, particularly because they have already beaten all three of the teams they’ll visit before the season ends.

“You have to have belief, you have to believe you’re going to do it,” he said.

“We’re not playing Real Madrid, we’re going to places where we’re capable of winning.

“You need a win to give everyone some belief that we can do it and that needs to come tomorrow night or at Forest Green at least.

“We need to win one of these two games to put pressure on the teams above.”

Lester expects fourth placed Exeter to fancy themselves against lowly Town, but argues that his men, who he says have been in with a shout of points in all of their last four, have more than a chance at St James Park.

“We’ve been in all these games, we’ve been losing tight games.

“We could easily go to Exeter and win, we’ve already beaten them.

“They’ll be thinking they’ll have an easy game on their hands and wanting a win to go for automatic promotion.

“It’s certainly a game we’re capable of winning.”

Some supporters have been critical lately of Lester’s preference of one up top in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but while the manager was keen to point out that they’ve lost every time they’ve played a 4-4-2, it’s clear they need to do whatever it takes to score the goals they need to stay up.

“It’s obvious we need to go and attack now and find ways of getting people up the pitch,” he said.

“We can’t just keep trying the same things and coming up short.

“It’s about trying to find a way to win football matches.

“The players can have top performances but the consistency has not been there.

“We’ve been on runs before, we need to go on one very, very quickly.

“We have to get something from our next two away games.”