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John Rooney ready to sacrifice personal glory to aid Chester FC play-off bid

Watch his stunning free-kick to seal a 3-1 triumph for the Blues at Welling United on Saturday

John Rooney says he is ready to sacrifice personal glory in a bid to help Chester FC claim a play-off spot.

Rooney was on target twice in Saturday's 3-1 win at Welling United, slotting home a penalty in first-half added time before curling a superb 25-yard free kick beyond Wings keeper Jonathan Henly a minute after the break.

The 24-year-old midfielder put in one of his best displays of the season in Saturday's success, which was the Blues' third on the bounce and has pushed them to within three points of the play-off places in the Vanarama Conference.

Rooney came close on several occasions to claiming a hat-trick at a wet and dismal Park View Road on Saturday but says he's willing to sacrifice his own personal tally if it means Steve Burr's side can continue their excellent run of form.

“It's always good to score and we're on a little run at the moment but the main thing is the three points and to keep climbing the table with the wins,” said the former Macclesfield Town and New York Red Bulls man, who has hit seven goals in the league this term.

“Obviously I had the hat-trick on my mind but the three points is the most important thing and making sure we protect the win. It would have been nice to get a third but I've got to be happy with the two goals.

“We're only three points off the play-offs and we're on a good little run at the minute and we've got a great team spirit. Everyone beats everyone in this league. I've enjoyed every minute of it since I've been here at Chester and to win three games on the spin is great and we've just got to keep going.”

Initially signed on loan from League Two side Bury by former Blues boss Neil Young in November 2013, Rooney was signed on a permanent basis in January of last year and has gone on to be an established figure in the Chester midfield.

A set-piece specialist, Rooney's superb free-kick to seal the win against Welling was one even his older brother Wayne would have been proud of.

With Rooney in particular catching the eye on a boggy and cut-up surface on Saturday he ensured that the Blues retained possession in the centre of the park and was constant threat to the hosts while putting in an impressive shift defensively.

He added: “As for the free-kick, it was in the area where I like to get on them and I've hit it well and lucky for me it's gone in the top corner.

“You look at the pitch and it wasn't the best. We spoke about it before the game and we knew the way that we were going to come out and play them and we stuck together, dealt with it well and come away with the win.”


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