Chester FC: Alex Lynch admits Blues were a 'shambles' in Maidstone United loss


Charlie Croasdale

ALEX LYNCH admits Chester have a duty to right the wrongs of their dismal defeat at Maidstone United, which he described as a ‘shambles’.

The Blues, three goals down after 14 minutes, were 4-0 behind at the break and although goals from James Alabi and Sam Hughes helped reduce the deficit in the second-half, the damage had already been done as Chester slumped to their fourth loss in a row.

Goalkeeper Lynch, recalled to the side ahead of Liam Roberts after three games on the bench, fully accepted the Blues were ‘nowhere near good enough’ at the Gallagher Stadium.

“It was nowhere near good enough from all of us,” the former Wycombe Wanderers stopper said of the 4-2 humbling.

“It was a shambles. They were first to everything, every ball all over the pitch. We know full well we were no way near good enough. We had to come out second-half and keep any sort of pride left on the line, but the damage was already done.

“The pitch is no excuse, we train on it every day so we’re used to it and used to the bounce. We can’t use any excuses, we prepared right all week and didn’t turn up and were nowhere near the standards we set.

“You can’t roll over and die and let it become six, seven or eight. You’ve got to show some character and realise what’s going on. 

“People have paid hard-earned money to get down here so we had to come out, show some fight and give it a good go and we’ve done that. People will see that although it doesn’t make up for what happened in the first-half.

“We’ve now got an important period coming up so we’ve got to knuckle down and try to pick up some more points. We’ve got to work hard to put it right.”

The 21-year-old admitted to a sense of frustration at losing the gloves to team-mate Roberts over recent weeks, but feels Jon McCarthy’s decision to restore him to the line-up was testament to his hard work on the training ground.

“It was good to be back in, everyone enjoys playing football although there’s not too many positives you can take after a result like that,” he continued.

“It’s always frustrating if you’re not playing but you’ve got to look at yourself and the things I’ve done wrong which I could have done better to keep myself in the side. 

“But that’s football, you can’t play every game, I just have to get my head down and work hard in training and try to get myself back in the side.

“The result hasn’t done myself or any of the defence any favours.

“You’ve got to realise that no ones place is a dead cert every week and that’s no different for every player.

 “It’s given me a boost as I've been working hard in training to do the right things to try and win my place back, and hopefully I can keep  going positively.”

The 12th-placed Blues now head to Andy Preece’s Southport on Saturday and Lynch explained the match now takes on added significance given Chester’s recent slide down the table.

“Southport is a massive game, all the games coming up now are massive,” he added.

“We need to pick up some points especially against the teams around us. Southport we’ve got to go there and get the three points.

“The confidence is 100 per cent there. Obviously everyone is down because that result was a shambles, but we know what ability we’ve got in there.

“We’ve got big characters in that dressing room and we’ve got to dig ourselves out of this rut we’re in.”

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