Chester FC: Elliott Durrell targets 'big three points' against Macclesfield Town


Charlie Croasdale

ELLIOTT DURRELL accepts Chester need to claim a ‘big three points’ from tomorrow night’s home clash with Macclesfield Town.

The Blues’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of Eastleigh on Saturday was their third home loss on the bounce and Jon McCarthy’s men have now won just once in their past nine competitive outings, which was a 1-0 victory at basement club Southport.

The Blues now prepare to face a Macclesfield side who will be buoyed after reaching the FA Trophy final following a 2-1 aggregate semi-final victory over Tranmere Rovers.

“Every game is a big game, there are no small games, but we do need the three points,” Durrell said.

“We’re still four points off that initial target we set ourselves at the start of the season, 10 games ago we should have flown past that but for whatever reason we haven’t done.

“We will dust ourselves down and go again Tuesday, looking to register a big three points.

“To beat Tranmere and get to any final is a major achievement, it’s a credit to them especially in a semi-final with a Wembley final at stake.

“So I’m sure they will be looking to build momentum ahead of that final, starting here on Tuesday so it’s down to us to bring them back down to earth.

“But it’s about us, it has been all season. 

“We’re shrewd enough in that changing room to know we must start turning performances into results.”

The 27-year-old winger admits Chester were left frustrated by the Spitfires’ defensive game plan and said it was ‘difficult to stomach’ how the Blues had thrown away a valuable point late in the day.

“It’s hard to take, we’ve looked solid all game and then we’ve been done by a set piece,” he continued.

“We thought we’d put defending set pieces right, so it’s tough to take with just minutes to go. They’ve not created much in the 90 minutes and it’s a difficult one to stomach how we’ve lost.

“If anyone was more likely to score at the start of the second-half it was going to be us. We started with a much better tempo and they looked happy to come here, make up the numbers and take a point.

“They didn’t come here and implement themselves on the game. From that aspect it’s frustrating but we’ve got 10 games and we have to put it right sooner rather than later.

“Things aren’t going too well of late, but that’s football, and things can turnaround quite quickly so we’ve just got to keep working for the gaffer.”

On a personal note, Durrell revealed he would ‘love’ to pen a new contract with the Blues, after the club explained the majority of McCarthy’s first-team squad have been offered fresh deals for the 2017-18 season.

“The gaffer has made it clear he’d like to keep the majority of the squad and tweak it here and there in the summer,” Durrell added.

“Hopefully we’re looking to keep hold of our assets, I’ve absolutely loved it here, loved my time here and it’s definitely where I see my future without a shadow of doubt.

“I like working under the gaffer and I’ve been made to feel wanted here from the first moment. 

“The work the gaffer does pays off through the team, although we’ve not had the results we’ve wanted of late, there’s not been many games where people could question our work rate or effort.”

Eastleigh’s goalscoring hero Scott Wilson hailed the impact boss Richard Hill – who was interviewed for the Chester manager’s job last summer – had made since taking over from Martin Allen last month.

“We’re delighted to get the win in the last minute, that’s what we came for,” Wilson said. “Since the gaffer has come in we’ve been more solid at the back, that’s two clean sheets in a row now and clean sheets win games.”

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