Young targets further Chester FC success

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Dennis Wall

BLUES boss Neil Young believes his team can spark a run of victories.

Young watched Chester celebrate their first league win of the season with a 2-1 weekend success at Wakefield after making an inspired double substitution in the second half.

Substitute Stuart Graves steered home the Blues' winning goal after being set up by other substitute, Iain Howard, after George Horan had headed Chester 1-0 in front at the break.

Young is now hoping his newly assembled squad can build on their win in Yorkshire when they entertain Trafford on Wednesday night at the Deva Stadium.

He said: “I thought it was a good win against Wakefield, but unfortunately it was no good for the heart.

“We bossed the game in the first half apart from allowing Wakefield to break away just before the break.

“I was pleased to see us leading at half time but I thought we should possibly have scored a few more goals.

“We set the tone straight from the start of the second half by giving the ball away, and they were awarded a free kick which they took quickly while we switched off by allowing their lad to score.

“But I don't believe in settling for draws and so I decided to gamble and go for the victory, and fortunately for us Wakefield started to tire a little bit.

“Stuart Graves doesn't score very often but he came on as a substitute and earned us a victory.

“Rob Hopley had forced their keeper into an absolutely fantastic save just before the goal and I was wondering whether we were going to get another draw, but Stuart Graves popped up and scored a great goal.

“I wasn't panicking when Wakefield equalised, but I was always aware that they could have hit us on the break when we started to go for a winner.

“I was really pleased with Bradley Barnes because he covered some ground and made a number of important defensive tackles.

“I had to change the team again and I knew what to expect. I've been to Wakefield before and I maintain that Wakefield is a very difficult place to come to and get a result. The grass was long and the pitch was bobbly, but that's their perogrative as the home side and I wouldn't expect them to give us a lush pitch to play on. They play to their strengths and they are good at it. They get the ball forward and get the ball in the box. They have some good lads who like to get wide and they have two centre halves who try and head everything, but I thought we were good value for our three points, although it could have been made a lot easier.”

Young underlined the value of a victory at Wakefield to those Blues fans who are new to the level of football Chester are now playing.

He added: “I'm aware that the majority of Chester fans didn't know a lot about Wakefield and, they probably don't know how big it is to get a victory at Wakefield.

People think that Chester should beat everybody, but we shouldn't because that's not the nature of football.

“Wakefield's side only had one or two changes from last season and probably only one or two changes from the season before, so they have continuity and we don't.

“We've now played two games in three weeks and I've changed the personnel quite considerably, but that's the way I work - picking teams to win games and playing a certain way.

“I don't particularly like the way we had to play against Wakefield, but sometimes you have to play that way and win ugly.

“Winning football games is a good habit to get into and I'm sure my lads will get into that habit.

“We've still got quite a bit of work to do in terms of getting to know each other and working on certain things.

“I've told the players that we need to look at our one on one defending because I thought we dived in too many times, particularly in the case of conceding the Wakefield goal.

“We've got to hope that while we're working on those things that we're also winning games of football.

“That's what we intend to do. If we can get on a roll I think we'll take some stopping.”

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