BLOG – Chester 0-2 Altrincham

A poor performance saw Chester fall to a defeat against a well-drilled Altrincham side. Two goals conceded from two set pieces saw Alty edge ahead and the Blues never looked like being able to peg them back, with far too many promising positions being wasted. Chester have now only won once, on December 2nd against Telford in the league, all month and face two tough away games in Halifax and Altrincham again. Here are some thoughts on the match.

1. Altrincham’s defending

First things first, they had a very good gameplan and executed it brilliantly. It was simple – defend the 18 yard line and put bodies inbetween the ball and the goal. It worked extremely well as we played all of our football in front of them and rarely got in behind. When we did, we came closest to scoring. That we managed this only two or three times gives you a bit clue as to why we lost the game!

2. Rooney

Despite his form bizarrely being bemoaned on Deva Chat and the terraces with great regularity, Rooney is really key to how we play. All of our good stuff came through him today and he was the only player who came out of the match with any credit. He played a lot deeper than usual, with James pushed up and I think it worked quite well for him. His passing range is great, though I do wish he’d clear the first man at corners more often! James meanwhile was pretty poor. A midfielder is a must in January so we can rotate one or two of the tireder legs in the squad.

3. Ref

Wow. He was from another planet today. He was awful for both sides – in his defence – but he really was bad. He seemed far too influenced by whoever was shouting for the freekick. It was just a shame that he reversed this tendency for our (dodgy) penalty shout!

4. Snow

Core blimey it was nippy today! In hindsight we could have done with that snow a few hours earlier but it was at least nice to look at – unlike the drab football that was on the pitch.

5. Fitness

Full-time or not, we’ve played a lot of games this month. We really need to get one or two more quality players in to give us the opportunity to rotate the squad a little more. Not having enough quality on the bench is fine when your first eleven is fully fit and playing well, but we’ve suffered this month because of the thin nature of the quality in the squad. Hopefully the cup run will have given us enough money to sort this out.

Well, off to Halifax next. COYB!

Richard Bellis

About Richard Bellis

Richard is a masters student at UCL who studies the History and Philosophy of Science. He graduated in Philosophy from the University of Leeds. His first Chester game was the promotion winning match against Scarborough in 2004, which he watched on top of a van outside the stadium. He has written for various websites including When Saturday Comes, In Bed With Maradona and The Two Unfortunates.
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