Macauley says patience paid off for Blues

Chester FC: Assistant boss feels scoring first was decisive in league win

Terry Marland Action from Chester FC v Tamworth. John Rooney lets fly with a shot.
Blues midfielder John Rooney lets fly in the 2-0 win over Tamworth

Assistant manager Carl Macauley believes the Blues were good value for the three points in the crucial 2-0 win over Tamworth.

Two goals in the space of seven second half minutes moved Steve Burr's side five points clear of the Skrill Premier drop zone and left the Lambs staring relegation in the face.

Both sides strained under the pressure of such an important game and there were mistakes aplenty but the game held the interest of the 1,700 or so who turned out on a wet and miserable night.

Blues keeper Aaron Chapman and his opposite number Cameron Belford made some excellent saves but the breakthrough came on the hour mark with an own goal from Lambs defender Ben Richards-Everton.

Danny Carlton doubled the lead seven minutes later with his first for the club and the Blues makeshift backline would not be breached as the visitors pumped the ball forward.

Macauley said: "I think it was really important that we got a result and I think we went our business well.

"First half we started off really positive then they had a spell midway through the game where they had 20 minutes of the ball and kept possession well but we finally broke them down.

"I think whoever got the first goal would go on to win the game and thank God it was us that got that goal."

Luck has not been on the Blues side over the past few weeks so the good fortune that saw Richards-Everton steer Lewis Turner's cross past Belford was welcome.

But the own goal came from the best move of the game with the ever-impressive John Rooney threading a fine pass into Turner's pass and the full back guiding the ball into the danger zone.

Macauley said: "I think the play and the build up play before that led to the goal. It was a ball from John Rooney inside the full back and we get in from that and got our reward for that."

Experienced defender Paul Linwood played despite having heavy bruising on his shin but the centre back had to come off on 52 minutes with Carlton coming on and Andy Bond moving into the back four.

Carlton poked home a scrappy second on 67 minutes to strengthen the Blues grip on the game.

Macauley said: "I think the key was that we had to be patient and we had to keep waiting for that chance to come.

"When the chances did come we had to make sure that we finished them off and we managed to do that in the second half.

"We had a number of chances from there and we could have gone on to get a larger margin of goals.

"At half time we kept saying to them 'believe in yourselves and be patient because you're time is going to come' and fortunately it did."

Linwood limping off again forced the Blues into a reshuffle and Macauley said the club would be looking to bring in a new defender before the loan window closes at 5pm on Thursday.

Macauley would not be drawn on targets but a return to his former club Vauxhall Motors for the talented Tom Hannigan could be an option, although the 25-year-old is under contract at Rivacre Park.

"Paul has been struggling for the last three or four games with the same problem and it's a bruise on his shin," said Macauley.

"He couldn't shake it off and that's more bad news for us because we had to go and make a change but we kept our heads high, we kept on going and we came out on top.

"I think we are going to work on trying to bring a signing into the club. Paul has had to come off the pitch and I think in that department we have got to strengthen

"We are going to work on trying to get someone in and we have got to search around and try and get the right one for Chester."

 
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