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Jon McCarthy wants to keep the Chester FC band together this season

Blues manager not looking for loan additions to his squad

Terry Marland Chester FC manager Jon McCarthy
Chester FC manager Jon McCarthy

Jon McCarthy has a group together at Chester FC and they are sticking with it.

The Blues chief is happy with the squad at his disposal and is not looking for loan additions.

He believes showing faith in the players he already has is the way to get the best out of them.

Chester are in good form going into the cross-border derby Wrexham AFC at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.

Following the 1-0 victory over Braintree last weekend the Blues jumped up to 15th in the National League table, just a place behind their rivals.

Jon McCarthy speaks to the media following the 1-0 home win versus Braintree Town

After taking seven points from nine, McCarthy said a positive group ethic had been key in the upturn in results.

He said: "I have told the players they are in competition with each other.

"I'm not going to go running out the door after one bad performance and try to bring in other loan players.

"I think a long-term view is the right way.

"Every time we lose a game I get 15 scouts who've suddenly got a better player, but we decide to stick with our philosophy.

"I feel like it's bearing fruit at the moment, if I went back on myself then I can't stand in front of them and say that's how we want to be."

It seems then Chester will not be adding to the three loan players in their 21-strong squad for this season.

Port Vale's Ryan Lloyd has returned for a second spell at the Vauxhall Lookers Stadium and looks the part in central midfield.

But goalkeeper Liam Roberts and right back Theo Vassell, both on loan from Walsall, have had to be newly introduced to the group.

Terry Marland Chester keeper Liam Roberts claims a cross under pressure in the win over Sandbach
Chester keeper Liam Roberts claims a cross under pressure in the win over Sandbach

The Chester manager said: "Walsall helped us out with Liam and we help him because we give him the chance to play in front of crowds.

"He's an excellent character. Him and Theo have both come in and been great. Sometimes you don't get that with loan players.

"Our group, our identity and our ethic is really important.

"We've created a group now who understand it and are willing to go along with it, it's really pleasing for me."

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