Steve Burr makes his first return to Chester FC this evening with the man who replaced him in the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium hotseat insistent he deserves a good reception.

Burr was sacked as Blues boss in April after a dreadful run of form dragged his side into a relegation scrap.

But the 56-year-old, who won 45, drew 26 and lost 54 of his 125 matches in charge of Chester, will be back on familiar turf tonight.

Burr brings his Southport side to the Blues for a Vanarama National League encounter (7.45pm kick-off).

And Jon McCarthy, who steered Chester to safety after taking over from Burr, said: "Steve should get a good response.

Former Chester FC boss Steve Burr will be in the Southport dugout tonight

"People should remember Barnsley and the FA Cup run. He gave us some good nights here like the (Ben) Heneghan last minute (winner against Wrexham).

"He's that type of manager. I'm a little bit more pragmatic, a little bit steadier, but he'll give you some exciting moments.

"He'd love to come here and beat us.

"His picture is still up on the walls in the corridor! What's going on there? That's going to give him even more motivation. I might draw a moustache and glasses on it before he comes!

"We'll welcome him back, lock horns and see how we go."

It will be the second meeting of the teams in the space of six weeks.

Southport players celebrate Dominic Weeks's deflected goal which proved the difference as they defeated Chester 1-0 in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round

Southport ran out 1-0 winners in the FA Cup at Haig Avenue on October 15.

And McCarthy, whose side drew 1-1 at home to Bromley on Saturday, said: "We lost at their place so there's our motivation and there's our incentive straight away.

"The FA Cup has gone, they're out of it now, too, and if we're able to take the points here it will put us in a great position.

"I'm sure we'll get a response from the players. They are a little bit hurt and disappointed about the performance (against Bromley).

"But we took a point when we didn't play very well and I'm pretty confident we'll have a few players who are up for Tuesday night and that gives me a lot of confidence."