Ian Evatt has welcomed the demanding nature of his sixth permanent Chesterfield manager.
The centre-half, who arrived at the club four years ago, gave an insight into the no-nonsense style of Jack Lester in a week that allowed the boss to put his men through the ringer on the training pitch.
On Tuesday supporters were invited to watch Lester and his coaching staff put the players through their paces at the Proact.
It’s that kind of training and the constant demand for improvement that will stand Chesterfield in good stead, according to the 35-year-old defender.
“He gets after us, simple as that,” said Evatt.
“Him and Tommy (Wright, first team coach). Nicky (Eaden) is a bit more chilled out but him and Tommy definitely get after the lads if they’re not doing what they need to be doing.
“That has to be done.
“Tuesday here was a very hard, tough day with lots of running involved and it’s character building.
“You can call upon that fitness on a Saturday and when you can do that and start winning games it will breed confidence for the club, the young lads will learn and get better.”
Having endured a torrid time in League Two since their relegation, the bottom side have looked a little better in recent games and more comfortable with the style of play introduced by Lester.
Evatt believes the boss is making the very most of what he’s got at his disposal and hopes it brings about a much needed rise up the table.
“To be honest I think Jack has probably had to come up with a style of play for what we’ve got,” said Evatt.
“He’s done that and it seems to suit.
“We’ve got a lot of similar midfield players, no real width in the team, but we’ve managed to come up with a system that seems to work.
“The last couple of games, the second half against Morecambe, we’ve been very good.
“We’re starting to dictate games again, we just need to make sure we maintain these performances and make them 90 minute performances so we start winning games because it’s not nice to be where we are.”