BEN Mills has issued a rallying call to his Chester FC team-mates to start playing with their ‘chests out’ and with more confidence.
The striker marked his return to the Blues’ starting line-up with his side’s first home goal of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Forest Green Rovers on Monday.
A derby game against Wrexham is up next for Chester as they go in search of their first point of the campaign and Mills believes a result at the Racecourse can ignite their season.
The 24-year-old said: “I think we just need to keep doing the right things. We need to cut out the errors and the mistakes because they are costing us at the minute.
“We need to play with a bit more confidence and with our chests out.
“We need to get on the front foot and get at teams because what can happen when results aren’t going your way is you can get demoralised and a bit down about results.
“We’ve got to be manly about it and start taking the game to sides.
“We can only take three points from the Wrexham game and we could only take three points in our opening games so it’s no different.
“We’ll prepare in the same way because all the commotion surrounding the game just takes away our focus from the task in hand.
“As a group and as individuals we’ll prepare right and do it as any other game.”
Although the opening fixtures have not been kind to the promoted Blues, this Saturday’s all-ticket encounter at Wrexham (1pm) represents a genuine opportunity to turn their season around.
Despite remaining without a point, Chester are just five points behind their bitter rivals and their performances have improved significantly of late – barring defensive lapses on set-pieces.
Mills said: “Its frustrating but it will come, we’re doing the right things and getting in the right areas so eventually it will click.
“We’re putting the building blocks in place to get that run together and if you disregard the two set-pieces against Forest Green it’s a 1-0 win.
“On a personal level I’ve had to be patient because we’ve got a lot of new bodies in so I’ve had to wait for a bit of a chance.
“Its good to get a goal because that’s what I’m in the team to do and that’s what people will look at.
“But it doesn’t matter who puts it in we need to be scoring more freely, from open play and from set-pieces ourselves and hopefully my goal will give the other lads a lift.
“There is enough experience in that dressing room and players who have been in situations like this before but it is very early days.
“We won’t be panicking and the manager will do his bit and we’re right behind him. We’ll stick together and keep doing things right, that’s all we can do.”
The tasty cash with Wrexham is sure to wet the insatiable appetite of Blues supporters and the fans’ favourite was keen to highlight their contribution in the opening games.
Mills said: “They’ve been fantastic. I have never experienced an away following like it and even when we have gone down they have been right behind us.
“It does make a difference and they’ve got to keep that up, I know they will be frustrated – we are too – but we’ve all got to stick together.”