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Five key Jon McCarthy quotes ahead of the Wrexham v Chester FC derby

Blues boss discusses tactics, Gary Mills, big selection calls and more as Dragons clash looms

Chester FC manager Jon McCarthy has been speaking to the media before the derby clash with Wrexham.

The Blues take on the Dragons at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday, with the action kicking off at 12.15pm.

Here's what McCarthy had to say about what is a massive fixture for the club and its fans:

On his first Wrexham game as boss

McCarthy said: "I'm looking forward to it, derbies are exciting. I just know how important it is to our supporters and our fans.

"From a professional point of view the points are important too, we are on a good run and if we can go and win there we will be up to 17 points.

"I know it's not that exciting for the media, but that is my aim."

On derby tactics

The Chester manager said: "It's a fine balance between keeping the structure and shape with which we have done so well recently.

"My players work really hard for this shirt and understand it's how they can get results.

"That's what you need in a derby.

"You need to be organised and disciplined in your shape. But we know our fans expect a little bit extra work rate, extra commitment so it's pressing that little bit harder to win the ball back.

"My job is to make the players aware of the different psychological pressures of this game."

On Gary Mills

Robert Parry-Jones Wrexham boss Gary Mills
Wrexham boss Gary Mills

McCarthy said: "I'm a big fan of Gary Mills. He did a lot with my old club York and had some success.

"Gary Mills is a lot more experienced at this level than me. It's a really good test to be able to put myself up against him.

"Derbies are difficult games for us as management teams. We beat them at home last year and it was a difficult one him, then they beat us when we went there.

"There's a mutual respect.

"I'm not one for trying to heap more pressure on Gary Mills, I'm not going to go down that angle, I wish him all the best."

On preparation

He said: "It's a lot more about us, but we are prepared.

"We've seen everything they've done this season and that's the least our supporters deserve.

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"I understand and know every formation they've put out so if they produce something like that as well as the personnel, we know it and our players will know how to deal with.

"Then it's up to our group to go out and do it.

"If they come up with something completely new that we haven't seen then that can cause them as much problems as it could cause us."

On selection

The Blues boss said: "I have some tough decision to make.

"I could just go with the same team which has won the last two games and nobody would complain, everyone would accept that decision.

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Sam Hughes (left) puts Chester FC in front against Braintree Town

"If I want to make some changes and I feel it's right, because it's a different game with a different nature, then I almost open myself up to criticism.

"I'll watch some more of Wrexham and some more of ourselves to try and work out what they will do. I'll pick what I really believe will get us the best result."

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