Chester FC: In-form Alabi aims to do talking with goals


Charlie Croasdale

James Alabi wants his goals will do the talking at Maidstone United tomorrow.

Alabi is the Blues’ top scorer with 13 goals this season but blotted his copy book with a sending off in the 3-1 home defeat against the Stones back in August, a game in which he also found the net.

Following three consecutive defeats, the former Ipswich Town striker is confident Chester can end their poor run of form at the weekend.

“Obviously it’s been a disappointing last few results so hopefully we can go there and get the three points,” he said.

“Individual mistakes have cost us and maybe we’ve been a bit complacent but we’re looking to be positive for Maidstone and get a win. We should’ve taken points at Dagenham and Dover and we deserved more than we got. But that’s how football is.

“I got the goal last time but also a red card so this time hopefully I can get some more goals but without the cards!”

Alabi was subject of a ‘derisory’ offer in the transfer window – believed to be from Barnet – according to Blues’ chief executive Mark Maguire, and the 22-year-old confirmed he was happy to still be a Chester player.

“I’m happy to still be here and playing my football, and just to be in and around the club is great,” he added.

“It’s a good group here, a good club with a good manager so it’s a good time to be here. The club kept me well informed throughout and we dealt with it like professionals.”

McCarthy has come in for criticism from sections of the Blues’ support in recent weeks, with Alabi at times looking isolated up front given injury and illness problems suffered by fellow forwards Kane Richards and Chapell.

The manager said: “I’m criticised for playing one up front, but I think they’ll find I’m playing three up front.

“There’s a lot of knowledgable fans out there, but I’ve made changes to create more chances and get more people forward which we’ve done.” 

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