COLUMN: It’s no more than a flicker, but the fire has not yet gone out for Chesterfield

Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; Sky Bet League Two; Crawley Town v Chesterfield FC; 17/10/2017 KO 19.45; Checkatrade.com Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Spireites boss Jack Lester encourages his side
Picture by Gareth Williams/AHPIX.com; Football; Sky Bet League Two; Crawley Town v Chesterfield FC; 17/10/2017 KO 19.45; Checkatrade.com Stadium; copyright picture; Howard Roe/AHPIX.com; Spireites boss Jack Lester encourages his side

It might be no more than a flicker, a glowing ember, but the fire has not yet gone out for Chesterfield.

On Tuesday night Jack Lester’s men went to Crawley and did everything necessary to provide a spark for their long suffering fanbase.

Now the rookie boss will try and fan into flames the form of his team and the passion of supporters by following up a win with another big result.

The reaction of both those who made the 190-mile midweek trip and those who did not showed how much this club still means to fans.

It’s vital that the team, the club and its fans be allowed to bask in the glow of this all-too-rare victory.

Things have not been good on Sheffield Road for a long time, so let’s permit a bit of cheer, a glimmer of hope ahead of the trip to Cambridge.

On Saturday, after yet another disappointing defeat, Lester tried desperately to keep the mood upbeat, pluck out and highlight all the good things from the performance despite the result and the context of the league table.

The boss gathered his troops 24 hours later and spoke to them about what they did right against Morecambe.

He has been almost belligerent in his positivity since his arrival, without ever sugarcoating the situation.

Telling everyone in the squad that they’re needed, giving players a chance and refusing to write anyone off was vital to bring an under-fire, under-performing squad together.

Whether they’ll admit it publicly or not, cracks were starting to show in the bond they had formed as a group.

Lester’s staunch support for Ian Evatt has allowed the defender to puff out his chest again, after a tough time under previous management.

The club need their experienced performers on the pitch, playing well and Lester obviously knows this.

And whilst it was clear the manager was proud as punch with the 2-0 win and the performance at Crawley, he didn’t let emotion boil over.

‘Let’s not get carried away,’ is an important statement.

He knows as well as anyone that the job is monumental.

The oh-so-badly-needed January backing of owner Dave Allen that has been hinted at might add further fuel to the belief that Lester can light a fire under this club.

Central to that will be Kristian Dennis, a striker with eight goals in 16 games who will be hot property when the window opens.

Selling him in the new year would be like pouring cold water on Lester’s efforts to rekindle this club’s future.