Young hoping for a fantastic night

Reporter:

Dennis Wall

NEIL YOUNG wants to capitalise on the backing of Blues supporters tonight for their first home fixture of the season.

The Chester boss sends his team into action for their first-ever home league match against Trafford at the Deva Stadium (7.45pm kick-off) on the back of a morale-boosting 2-1 weekend victory at Wakefield.

Young, who has seen his side pocket four points from their opening two fixtures, is determined to see his players and Chester fans turn the Deva Stadium into a fortress.

He said: “We are all really looking forward to finally being able to play at home.

“We are well aware that teams will be coming to the Deva fired up and looking to turn us over, but we will be prepared and with the massive contribution from our supporters we have to make it a very difficult place for teams to come to.

“Trafford are an excellent footballing side with two lads up front who have already scored a few goals between them and I am not surprised they are unbeaten and riding high in the league at this early stage.

“We have worked in training this week to try and put a plan in place to impose ourselves on Trafford from the kick-off and just go through any areas in which we think we need to improve from the Wakefield game.

“We haven’t had the best of preparations in terms of the league, but I was still chopping and changing on the first day of the season and that is the nature of football.

“I’ve signed 27 or 28 players since I came to Chester, but it’s all about getting the balance right and also getting the lads fit.

“I’d still like to bring another forward in if we can, but it’s pointless bringing somebody in just to put numbers on the board. I need to bring somebody in who is better than what I’ve got.

“We will be looking to get someone in and we have made an enquiry which has been rebuffed.

“We are still looking and there are one or two names, but I’m prepared to wait at the moment.

“Hopefully we can get Nick Rogan fit because I feel if he was match fit in the positions he was in at Wakefield he would have done better.

“I think Nick is only going to get better.

“As long as we keep creating chances I firmly believe that Nick Rogan, Rob Hopley and Michael Wilde will all score goals.”

Admitting he had been pleased with the way in which his players have been performing, Young added: “It was obviously good to get our first win under our belts, particularly at a difficult place such as Wakefield.

“We decided to field a big strong side to combat their aerial threat and make sure they didn’t get a foothold in the game early on, but also to use our aerial threat to best advantage as well, which we did with the goal from George Horan.

“It was never going to be a game of slick passing football but the grass was long and it was a bumpy pitch so we took the decision to play four big lads across the back, go narrow in midfield, and we tried to use our front men to cause them problems.

“I don’t think it was a pitch for wingers because both teams were struggling to run with the ball and we didn’t want to leave ourselves as open as we were at times against Warrington.

“I was also very pleased with the attitude of the substitutes who came on at Wakefield and added energy to us at a vital time and also took on board the information they were given and made a real impact on the game.

“The lads carried out what we had been working on in training exactly as we asked.
 The only time I was disappointed was for a spell of about 15 minutes after half time when we did try and pass it through midfield and the ball got intercepted and they attacked us, but apart from that I was very satisfied with the players.

“As I have said on many occasions you have to be able to go to places like Wakefield and mix your styles up and not be one dimensional.

“We know we can pass and play, we have shown that during pre-season. But we also must be able to combat teams with a physical presence.”

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