An excellent team performance from the Blues saw us through to the next round of the FA Cup. An early goal from Ben Heneghan was cancelled out after John Rooney gave away a soft penalty. New-father Craig Mahon was the match winner with a superb goal, drilled into the bottom corner halfway through the second half. Overall though, it was Chester’s defensive play that was so impressive. Here are some thoughts about the game…
1. Brown and Charnock
Excellent today. Rugged defending and really worked well as a unit. I think the Southend striker, who was big and strong, was exactly the kind of player that they would have wanted to come up against, but that shouldn’t detract from what was a really good performance from the centre backs. It will create a nice headache for Steve Burr when Kay’s back from suspension!
A really good performance from our favourite bearded striker. I don’t think he had a decent chance to score today, but he was everything we needed him to be up front: absolutely horrible for defenders to play against. He won headers, closed down well and was excellent when on the ball. I was surprised when he stayed in the summer, but he’s proving to be a great signing.
There were four really good wingers on display today. Southend’s starting wingers were a real problem but were pretty well shepherded by our full backs, Winn and Mahon for us were very good too. Obviously Mahon will get loads of the credit for today’s performance (and rightly so, he was great), but Winn also did very well. It was a shame to see him stretchered off, and I hope he’s back soon.
4. In the hat!
We’re in the next round! A great performance and another interesting tie in the cup on the cards. I’m really enjoying this cup run – long may it continue!
See you at Macclesfield