Anthony Johnson has refused to blame the individual errors committed by Chester players on a lack of match sharpness.

Heading into tomorrow's clash at Guiseley, Chester's joint manager hopes to have seen the last of the defensive mistakes that led to a 3-1 defeat at Telford United last weekend.

A fluffed clearance from goalkeeper Grant Shenton and a further mix-up in the Blues back line gifted the Bucks a 2-0 lead before the interval.

Johnson, whose side have accrued a three-game fixture deficit while repair work was undertaken to water damage at the Deva Stadium, likened the defensive blunders to 'something out of a Benny Hill sketch'.

He said: "Mistakes like the ones we've made against Telford have nothing to do with the lack of games we've played this season.

"It's hard to legislate for individual errors like the ones we made down there, but once they happened it seemed as though panic set in.

"It's about accountability and players being responsible for their own actions during games.

"After the Blyth result, we wanted to see a response from our players and saw Telford as a chance to put things right.

"We certainly didn't get that in the first half of the game when some of our indecisiveness at the back made it look like something out of a Benny Hill sketch.

"It was comedy defending and the players concerned know that just isn't good enough.

"There was definitely some improvement to our all-round game in the second half and that's the only crumbof comfort we can take out of the game really."

The Blues are now preparing for a trip to West Yorkshire - to face a Guiseley side who were relegated alongside them from the National League last season.

And set to face Chester for the first time is ex-boss Marcus Bignot - along with former players, Andy Halls,

Kingsley James and keeper Jon Worsnop.

The Lions drew 1-1 at Altrincham last time out and and stretched their unbeaten run to five games thanks to a wonder goal from Halls.

Having attended that game, Johnson expects a stern test for his side.

He said: “They’re a big strong side and they turned in a very workmanlike performance to get a point against


“We know we’re in for a tough game, but that’s going to be the case in every league fixture we play.

"There are mitigating circumstances for last week's performances in terms of injuries, suspensions and the registration issues we've had with some players.

"But we're definitely not using these as excuses.

After recent results there is some pressure on myself and Bernard to deliver now and it's up to us to shoulder that pressure and to keep it off the players.

"We knew all about the great support tis club had before we came here and we want to repay Chester fans with results.

"Looking at the league table now gives a false sense of how things stand, I think. We're only four games in and I don't think it's realistic to judge us solely on those games.

"Guiseley is a chance for our players to stand up and be counted. It's a game we’re setting out to win, to improve our performance levels and to claw our way back up the league table.”

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