Steve Burr says his Chester FC side will be wary of a backlash when they travel to Lincoln City on Saturday (3pm).
The play-off chasing Blues put in arguably their best performance of the season to hammer the Imps 4-0 at the Swansway Chester Stadium a little over a fortnight ago.
Goals from John Rooney, Sean McConville, Ryan Higgins and Brad Abbott secured a resounding success over Chris Moyses’ side, who were thoroughly outclassed from start to finish by the polished Blues.
But Burr is aware that the Sincil Bank side will be looking to exact revenge on his team and get their own play-off bid back on track after three defeats in their last four Vanarama Conference outings.
“We are going to be wary of a bit of a backlash from them after what we did to them down at our place,” said Burr.
“We dished out a bit of a beating and they will no doubt want to set that straight but we have to concentrate on what we do and make sure we do the things that we have been doing in recent weeks. If we get into our stride there is no reason why we can’t go there and get the three points and continue this little run that we have been on.”
WATCH: The Blues 4-0 demolition of Lincoln City last month
As well as going through a wretched run of form of late, the Imps are battling serious off-field issues following the announcement of that the Co-Operative Bank would be calling in their £380,000 debt, leaving the club facing a financial black hole and the prospect of having to sell off its property assets.
Recent defeats to the Blues, Macclesfield Town and Bristol Rovers have seen them slip to 10th in the league and a win for Burr’s charges would see them leapfrog Moyses’ side in the standings.
Burr will welcome back Kingsley James as the midfieldler has served his three-match ban, while centre-back Matty Brown could be in line for a return following a hamstring injury. But with a wealth of talent at his disposal, Burr says that it is up to every player to earn their spot in his starting XI.
“We’ve been playing some really good stuff and had some excellent wins recently so it’s going to be harder for the lads to get back in the team,” said the Blues boss.
“That’s what we want though. We want there to be competition for every place and the lads know that.
“It’s pleasing to have a strong, hungry squad to choose from and the lads know that they have to perform to keep their place.”
Burr and assistant Jon McCarthy will be guests of Italian giants Juventus for their match against Genoa in March. The Blues’ management duo will also spend time watching Juve train on a trip which has been arranged by the Serie A club’s education and welfare coordinator Riccardo Cavallari, who made a recent trip to the Swansway while visiting relatives in Chester.