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Anthony Johnson looking for catalyst for success as Chester FC prepare to visit Alfreton Town; The Blues make the trip to Derbyshire this weekend in need of a positive result.

Byline: By, Dave Powell

Chester FC joint-manager Anthony Johnson admits there can be no excuses for his and Bernard Morley's side for not picking up points at Alfreton Town this weekend.

Johnson and Morley's Blues outfit sit fourth in the National League North following the 2-1 win over Blyth Spartans at the weekend. But with the play-off places now clogging up and a number of sides in with chance of a top three finish there can be little room for slip ups.

Chester have a tough run of home fixtures coming up with leaders King's Lynn Town and fellow play-off chasers Brackley Town and Gateshead all visiting the 1885 Arena in the next few weeks.

And while the Impact Arena of Alfreton is a notoriously tough place to grind out a result against the direct style of play employed by boss Billy Heath, Johnson knows they simply have to find a way to get the job done.

"Every game is tough in this league but let's have it right, we need to go and get a result at Alfreton on Saturday if we want to be kicking on and finishing the season well," said the Blues co-boss.

"The win over Blyth was ugly but we got it done and we need to find a way to do the same on Saturday. We can't have excuses and we know win one, draw one, lose one form between now and the end of the season will cost us.

"But we are confident and we have every right to be. We're not going there to try and pick up a point, we're going there to try and win the game as we need to build some momentum now as we have a really tough run coming up against some good sides."

Chester have taken six points from their last four games while some teams around them like Boston United, who have won five in a row, have come from the fringes to the fore in recent weeks.

But while there may have been concern from some sections of the fan base over whether Chester will be able to maintain a play-off spot, other teams have dropped points in recent games with Brackley taking two from their last four, Altrincham taking five points from their last four and York City gleaning six from four.

"We've talked about consistency a lot but at this level of football it is very difficult to be consistent week in, week out," said Johnson.

"We've had an OK start to the year but we know we need to improve to push on to where we want to be. We've not had a real run yet and it feels like we've got it in us still while there are going to be some clubs who have been in great form who will lose more games. We'll probably lose a couple more because that is the nature of it. We just need to make sure this weekend we get three points and then push on from there."

Striker Danny Elliott, on loan at this weekend's opponents Alfreton where he has netted five goals in three games, is unavailable for the clash owing to the terms of his month-long loan deal.

Danny Livesey is a doubt for the weekend with a hamstring injury while Jamie Morgan serves the final game of a two-match ban.

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Chester joint-manager Anthony Johnson

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Title Annotation:Football
Author:By, Dave Powell
Publication:The Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2020
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