CHESTER City play the first of two difficult away games in four days this afternoon, when they travel to face League Two leaders MK Dons at Stadium MK.
A trip to promotion chasing Darlington awaits on Tuesday, but it’s the visit to face the current table toppers that has been the focus of City manager Bobby Williamson’s attention this week.
“MK Dons are certainly one of the teams who do pay the most money, and do have one of the biggest squads in our league.
“I’m not envious by any stretch of the imagination, because I love being the manager of Chester City, it’s a huge challenge, and I am very much focused on what we are trying to achieve rather than what MK Dons are trying to achieve.”
Williamson continued: “I don’t know what the MK Dons personnel is going to be, and I don’t know what their set pieces are going to be, but I do know what their set pieces have been, and I have made our players aware of what MK Dons’ capabilities and strengths are.
“It’s all about what happens on the day, and once the lads cross that white line they are basically on their own.”
Chester arrested their recent slide last weekend, when they came from behind to record their first victory in 13 matches by defeating relegation threatened Mansfield Town.
“It was really good to get a win at Mansfield because it breeds confidence, I could see a lot of our guys coming to the fore when it was needed, and that was really pleasing,” added the City boss.
“The players need confidence to be at their best, but we haven’t had players playing like that, so it gives us something to build on.”
The club’s recent poor run of results saw Chester slip from play off challengers to the fringes of relegation dog fight, but Williamson relishes the pressure that comes with that territory.
“Pressure’s pressure, it doesn’t matter whether you are at the top of the league, at the bottom, or somewhere in the middle. You put pressure on yourself as a professional to do well. You want to do well for your fans, your chairman, and your directors.
“You deal with the pressure appropriately, I’m an experienced manager, I’ve experienced all kinds of sorts of pressures in football, and that’s the way I like it. If there’s no pressure, there’s no points.”
Williamson added: “We’ve had quite a few players for a few weeks now playing without any confidence.
“It’s been very, very hard for them, and to be fair, the fans have been great, they’ve stuck behind them.”
Injury rules striker Nathan Lowndes out of contention this afternoon, whilst midfield player Mark Hughes is serving the first match of a two game ban, after picking up his 10th caution of the season at Field Mill.