Chester FC captain Luke George urges Blues to 'keep believing' despite slump in form


Charlie Croasdale

Chester captain Luke George has called on the squad to ‘keep believing’ after their recent slump in form.

Performances have been strong in recent weeks from the Blues, but chances have been spurned, with just one point taken from a possible nine since the 2-1 win at Braintree Town.

Midfielder George, who scored in last week’s 3-2 defeat at Dagenham, believes tomorrow’s clash with Gateshead represents a ‘sixpointer’, given their proximity in the National League table.

“Results-wise we’re a little disheartened but performance-wise we’ve been excellent for as back as you can look really,” the 24-yearold said.

“The last defeat we actually deserved was Solihull. The gaffer will tell us what we can do better but we’ll stay positive and try to put it right.

“We need to be more ruthless in the box. You can’t dominate for 90 minutes but you’ll have spells of 15-20 minutes in this league and if you don’t take your chances then, you get punished.

“If you’d have said we’d score two at Dagenham and come away with no points, we’d have been devastated.

“Equally, we can’t concede three and expect to win.

“There’s not been one game where I’ve wondered whether or not we can win. I know every game we can win, I never have a doubt. That’s down to the togetherness, we fear no-one and we’ve got to keep believing.

“Gateshead is massive. If we want to sneak in and around the play-offs we have to win, it’s a ‘six-pointer’ for us. It’s Maidstone and Southport to come so we’d set ourselves up nicely.”

When asked if Chester were a stronger unit since their 3-0 opening day loss at Gateshead, George was unequivocal in his reply.

“Most definitely, it might take us longer to get into the swing of things given we’re part-time, that’s how results went at the start,” he added.

“The first 10 games we didn’t take as many points as we should have but then it’s started to come together.

“We’re a much stronger team now and we owe Gateshead one. They might think they’ll come here and have an easy game but that’s not the way it will be.

“Everyone looks at the TV aspect differently. If you want to play higher, the more cameras you’re going to see. “It’s a good experience and I hope everyone will enjoy it, with or without the cameras.” 

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