Bleak winter for Chesterfield’s red Lester

Chesterfield v Burton Albion Jack Lester red card
Chesterfield v Burton Albion Jack Lester red card

PAUL Cook said he will stand by Jack Lester in wake of the striker’s red card in the 1-1 draw at home to Burton.

The 37-year-old was sent off for grappling with Brewers’ skipper Zander Diamond late on as the Spireites chased the goal which would have given them their fifth consecutive win in League Two.

But their task was made that much harder in injury-time when second half sub Lester was shown a straight red, meaning he will miss the next three games over the festive period.

Cook said: “At that stage Jack wants to get the winner. I haven’t been able to give him as much game time due to the level of our performances.

“He is itching to get on and when we equalise I know what’s going through his mind, he’s only thinking about getting the winner. I respect him for that, he’s a good professional and he wants to win.

“Whether he’s overstepped the mark, I don’t know but I’ll certainly back him that’s for sure. There’ll be no-one more disappointed than Jack but I’ll pick him up.”

It is believed the club will not appeal the ban meaning Lester will miss Friday’s trip to sixth-placed Southend and home games against York City on Boxing Day and Morecambe.

Cook called his side’s first half performance ‘abysmal’ on Saturday but said they more than warranted a point for their second half display.

“I must admit, I thought we dominated the second half. We put a lot of quality in the box and probably should have scored more than one,” he added.

Meanwhile Luis Boa Morte remains a doubt after tweaking his hamstring during the warm up on Saturday, but the late change was believed to be precautionary.