Arriving at the Laithwaite Community Stadium a little over 30 minutes before kick off due to congestion on the M25, the Blues’ day went from bad to worse when striker Ross Hannah was forced off with a hamstring injury just 16 minutes in.
And when Ben Heneghan was shown a straight red card for felling Woking’s Dan Holman in the box when he was the last man on 26 minutes, the writing already seemed on the wall for the Blues.
John Goddard converted the resulting penalty kick and further goals after the break from Holman, Kadell Daniel, Joey Jones and Ben Pattie made for a miserable afternoon in the Surrey sunshine for the travelling band of Chester fans.
There was some cheer, though, when substitute Michael Kay headed home to make it 3-1, a goal which represented the 500th scored in all competitions by Chester since reforming in 2010. And John Rooney’s 25-yard free-kick on 90 minutes to make it 4-2 was a joy to behold.
But Blues boss Burr, disappointed to see his side’s run come to an end, was pleased with how his players battled despite being a man down.
“I can’t fault the lads for their effort but it was a bad day all round,” said Burr, who is unsure whether Hannah will be fit for the weekend trip to Macclesfield Town (3pm).
“We got here late and the preparation didn’t help but I can’t blame that. Everything just seemed to go wrong.
“I was pleased with the lads and how they kept going. I thought when we had 11 on the park we were well in control of the game. We never looked in any danger at all.
“They’re a good side, Woking, and I was more than happy with the way the game started and how we were playing.
“I think the decision and losing Ben Heneghan, and I’ve got nothing against the sending off as it was a penalty, and going down to 10 men made it very difficult for us. But the lads kept going.”
Burr was, however, unhappy with referee Mark Pottage for not awarding Chester a first-half penalty when striker Craig Hobson, recalled to the Blues starting line-up, was brought down in the box by Cards captain Mark Ricketts.
He added: “I’m very disappointed. I think everybody in the ground saw Hobson go down in the first half but nothing was given, so it might be a bit of a moan against the referees.
“Even the last goal, from where I am in the dugout, the lad looked two or three yards offside. But decisions like that go against you and it was difficult.How the referee can’t see the penalty on Hobson is bewildering.”
As well as striker Hannah, the Blues also have injury worries over Tom Shaw and Luke George ahead of Saturday’s trip to visit the Silkmen. Both players picked up knocks in Saturday’s defeat to Garry Hill’s Woking.