Neil Young wants every member of the Chester FC squad to be raring to go for a run of ‘very tough’ league fixtures.
The table-topping Blues head to play-off pushing Harrogate Town, FC Halifax Town and Gainsborough Trinity next month as well as travelling to a relegation-threatened Colwyn Bay side showing signs of improvement under new player-manager Frank Sinclair.
To negotiate the tricky trips, Young – who managed Bay before taking over Chester – will make full use of the resources available to him.
The double championship-winning boss has already began to reprise his role as tinkerman. He made five changes for Saturday’s victory over Vauxhall Motors and at least three for last night’s home clash against Gainsborough, which took place after The Chronicle went to press.
With his intentions clear, Young expects his players to be ready when called upon.
He said: “It’s a very tough month but we’ve just got to keep on going and keep the same winning mindset. For that to happen it’s going to require everybody to play a big part and for everybody to be mentally tuned in.
“If you go back to the August Bank Holiday Monday game at Altrincham, we made something like eight changes from the Saturday game. I think that proved we’ve got great belief in the players that we’ve got here. That hasn’t changed.
“One week there will be lads who won’t be involved and the next week they will go straight into the team.
“It’s not just about looking at who’s playing well. From a manager’s point of view I’ve got to look at the opposition’s strengths and weaknesses, match them up and bring in the players who will help counter those strengths and impose themselves on those weaknesses. From that you hopefully come up with the right ingredients to win a game.
“I believe we’ve now got the right ingredients in the squad.”
Brendon Daniels, a pacy and rangy winger signed on a month’s loan from Crewe Alexandra, is the final ‘ingredient’ Young felt he was missing.
Daniels marked his debut with a goal against Motors on Saturday.
The 19-year-old is hoping to help the Blues to a third straight title while at the same time force his way back into Crewe’s first-team plans.
Daniels said: “It was a great start for me and the team. The winger’s put a good ball in and I've come in at the back post and scored.
“The manager said to me to drive at the full-back and see if I can create goals and score goals.”
Chester return to action on Monday at home to Tranmere Rovers in the Cheshire Senior Cup (7.45pm).
Admission costs £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3 for children attending without an adult. Children attending with an adult go free.
The winners of the last-eight tie will host Witton Albion in the semi-finals.