LUKE GEORGE accepts Chester are in the ‘results business’ and need to bring to a halt their current slump down the table.
Six defeats in their past eight matches in all competitions has seen Jon McCarthy’s drop to 12th in the National League and also suffer an FA Trophy exit at the second round stage, with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Gateshead the latest loss of a disappointing run.
Blues’ captain George, who has regained his place in midfield with a string of decent performances since returning from suspension, admits their recent results don’t look good on paper, but is confident the fortunes of the team will turnaround in the coming weeks, as the Blues prepare for trips to Maidstone and Southport over the next 10 days.
“Of course, on paper people on the outside looking in will be thinking Chester aren’t doing very well and aren’t getting the results,” George said. “From the inside looking out, there’s no lack of confidence.
“Performance-wise we’ve been good, so we’ve got to be positive, keep watching the things we’ve done well and it will come.
“But at the end of the day it’s a results business, if you don’t get results even if you’re playing well that’s what counts. The better teams who go on and make the play-offs or win the league, they will win games when they perform badly, they learn how to do that and have that little bit more nous about them.”
The 24-year-old admitted Chester got what they deserved from their home clash with Gateshead, and was frustrated the Blues were unable to reproduce the type of display which saw them push title-chasing Dagenham right to the wire.
The Blues’ skipper also revealed goalkeeper Liam Roberts was left bitterly disappointed after allowing Danny Johnson’s shot to squirm underneath him.
“I thought we were poor and we got what we deserved really. Compared to previous weeks it was disappointing how we’ve played both as a group and individually,” he explained. “I thought we started alright, we got a foothold in the game, I thought Gateshead were time-wasting from the off and they knew we’d be at it and pressing.
“Goals change games and I don’t think we reacted too well to their first goal. When we scored we had a chance to have five minutes to be solid and consolidate but we’ve let them back in with a sloppy goal.
“They got the better of us the last 15 minutes of the first-half so the break came at a good time for us.
“Second-half they grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, they had more of the ball, we’ve ended up too deep, we’re disappointed but we’ll dust ourselves off, look at where it went wrong and look to put things right.”
George refuses to get bogged down by Chester’s poor run and, after reflecting on the televised loss, has quickly switched his attentions to this weekend’s trip to Maidstone, who play on an artificial pitch.
“Football is quick, you’re never allowed to dwell on what’s gone on. We don’t let our highs get too high or our lows get too low,” he said.
“We’ve got to brush ourselves off, we can’t dwell on it. You have your two hours after the match when you go home and can think about it, have a look at yourself but come Monday it’s gone and all you can do is produce a good reaction in the week on the training pitch.
“We’ve got to set ourselves up for Maidstone away and go there with confidence that we can come away with a victory.”
The Blues train on a synthetic surface at Chester University three days a week so the former Southport midfielder won’t be making any excuses for the pitch when they travel to The Gallagher Stadium.
“We won’t be using the pitch as an excuse that’s for sure,” he added.