CALUM MCINTYRE is looking for an improvement from his Chester players in tonight’s huge clash.

The Blues, who suffered a 3-2 National League North loss at Darlington over the weekend, head to National League York City in an FA Cup first round replay.

The opening contest at the Deva Stadium finished goalless and tonight’s winners will host 2013 cup winners Wigan Athletic in a televised second round meeting early next month.

Following the loss at Darlington, Blues’ boss McIntyre told Chester FC TV: “The reality is we’ve got a game on Tuesday that’s massive for the football club.

“The weight of that I can feel on my shoulders.

“Maybe the players do, but we won’t be making any excuses.

“We have to reflect on the aspects of today’s performance, because there’s parts of it that will be relevant on Tuesday night.”

A 3-0 interval deficit was too much for the Blues to recover from, with Tom Peers and George Glendon pulling goals back in the second half.

Peers was then sent-off following an altercation after the final whistle, while McIntyre stressed his Chester side cannot repeat that performance tonight.

He added: “The focus needs to be on an FA Cup game that means a lot to us as a group, because it means a lot to the club and its supporters, who we know we’ve let down today and you can’t make it right.

“I don’t believe in that, because you can’t get these points back.

“But we have to make sure that next time out, which is Tuesday night and a great stage to do it, we’re more ourselves, we are true to our principles and hit our standards.”

Accrington Stanley, who host Wrexham in League Two on Saturday, face Doncaster at home tonight while Horsham host Barnsley and Scarborough Athletic head to Forest Green.

Tonight’s other ties: Burton v Port Vale; Derby v Crewe; Grimsby v Slough; Salford v Peterborough.

Newport and Tranmere are both in EFL Trophy action tonight.

Newport host Bristol Rovers and Tranmere are also at home with Wigan the visitors to Prenton Park.

Tonight’s other ties: Blackpool v Morecambe; Stevenage v Crystal Palace U21s; Reading v Arsenal U21s; Carlisle v Harrogate; Stockport v Bolton; Shrewsbury v Walsall.