MATCH BLOG – Chester FC 1 Dartford 2

In a game where Chester created several openings they were defeated by a side with only one shot on target. A real life case of not taking your chances meant that Chester were defeated by a second bottom side who had only won three away all season. A frustrating night for the side who pretty much only have contracts left to play for. Here are some thoughts…

1. Chances

I counted five in the first half which were pretty clear openings. McBurnie stretched and dinked one around the post but to be fair it was a very tough chance; McBurnie got up well to header inside the six yard box but put it wide – should have done better; Rooney sliced a left footed shot wide after a good pull back from Hughes – should have done better; Mahon was found in lots of space by Abbott inside the box but his turn and shot was well saved; and Higgins forcing a great block from their centre back after tackling their right back inside the box.  Any other night we would have been three or four up. In the second half we only really had McBurnie’s deft flicked header which went in. We have to take our chances!

2. Dartford

Defended quite well, played very deep and had a hardworking centre forward who I thought was MOM. Their winger, Green got the goal after we fell asleep immediately after scoring and from then on we didn’t look like we had much confidence in our game which had created so many shots in the first half. After that  didn’t think we would score and James was hugely unlucky to header into his own goal at the end. Dartford would be delighted with the smash and grab but we shouldn’t have lost this on the balance of play.

3. McBurnie

Played very well for an hour last night and then looked tired. Caused their centre backs all sorts of problems but I’m not sure if he has enough goals in him to be really effective. Obviously he is only young and is still learning but I think a goal every three or four is all we can expect from him.

4. Kay

Thought he played well last night and was a deserved MOM on the Chester side. Closely followed by Higgins (although he was a little poor in the first half) and Mahon who delivered the cross for McBurnie. Whoever is playing next to him at centre back always seems to play well.

5. Touray and Richards

Thought he played well first half but was really poor in the second. Not sure if he has done enough to earn a contract yet, I suppose it depends on whether Gareth Roberts has another year in him. Richards was again very poor. I think he has talent and could be useful but bringing him on in a game where the team was sitting so deep was a bit pointless I felt. He can hardly use his pace to good effect in that type of game. Clearly short on confidence at the moment but with a good pre season under his belt he could be very good next year.

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