Blaine Hudson admits Chester FC's confidence has been knocked by run of defeats


Charlie Croasdale

BLAINE HUDSON admits Chester’s confidence has been knocked following their winless run which now stretches to five matches.

The centre-back was on target in the first-half of the Blues’ 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Gateshead, and felt the game followed a similar pattern to recent weeks where Jon McCarthy’s side have failed to convert their chances and paid the price.

“First 25 to 30 minutes I thought we were really good, we did what we do best, passing it in between the lines and getting in behind them,” Hudson said.

“We were right on it and I think we were at the levels we want to be. 

“Tom Shaw had a couple of chances and we had a couple of other half chances that maybe we should be converting.

“We got in front but then once they scored, for some reason it’s fallen flat. 

“It’s frustrating, perhaps it’s a confidence thing, I’m not sure where it’s really gone wrong.

“Second-half again, we weren’t at our best. We were quite flat and we struggled to create much. 

“Quite a lot of the time we were just reverting to find Albs (James Alabi) up top, hitting him with long balls. 

“I thought Albs was really good again for us, he does a lot of hard work up there. 

“Duzza again was full of running but it’s just not come off for us and we didn’t look like getting that equaliser.

“That’s not like us either, we’re better when we get in down into feet and pass the ball, try to get in behind them.

“It just feels like the little things are going against us at the moment. Like last week at Dagenham, it’s small things that have not gone for us. 

“Today we’ve had Theo (Vassell) go off injured, and Johnny (Hunt) is already suspended, so Evan’s (Horwood) got to switch to left-back, it affects things.”

Hudson was delighted to grab his second goal of the season, blasting his effort home from six yards out after collecting Luke George’s blocked shot.

“It’s good to get on the scoresheet, I haven’t done that often enough since I came here,” he explained.

“I think I’m a four or five-goal a season defender, I used to get a few at Wrexham. So hopefully I can push on and get a few more. 

“I’d like to make it known that Manny (Smith) was marking me at that corner too!”

It’s now six defeats from the Blues’ past eight matches in all competitions, a run which has seen Chester’s play-off hopes evaporate and they now lie 12th, having been just four points off the top five prior to Christmas.

“The bottom line is we’re not picking up points,” added Hudson, who now turns his attentions to a trip to struggling Maidstone next week.

“We’ve gone to Dover and Dagenham, played well and come home with nothing. We’ve played well first-half today and ended up losing. The gaffer has spoken to us just now and said we’ve got to start picking up points.

“It’s about getting back to basics now. We’re conceding too many goals, we know that. We’re going to Maidstone next week, anything can happen on the 3G pitch. So we’ve got to try and be more solid at the back and at the very least, get ourselves a point there.”

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