ANTHONY Barry admits Chester’s fans have not seen the best of him this season – but he knows tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against Millwall would be the perfect occasion to finally hit his stride in a blue and white shirt.
Barry joined Chester from Yeovil Town in the summer and arrived at the Deva Stadium with a big reputation after being a first-team regular in League One for the Glovers last season.
He started the current campaign in Simon Davies’ starting XI but soon slipped out of it following City’s nightmare run of form. The 22-year-old midfielder has only recently won back his place in the side – albeit playing an unfamiliar position of left-back.
He has also slotted in at right-back, on the right wing and just behind the strikers – but has rarely featured in his favoured central midfield berth.
“I’m filling gaps at the minute,” said Barry, who was on the losing side twice for Yeovil against Millwall last season. “I seem to be playing everywhere except where I want to, but that’s the job you’ve got to do for the team. I’m a footballer and I just want to play football.”
Barry is desperately keen to show Blues fans what he is capable of and admits his City career has not gone as he expected so far
“It’s been massively frustrating and it just hasn’t gone the way I’d planned,” said the Scouser. “To be honest, it still is disappointing.
“I’m still playing games but it’s not where I want to play or how I want to play. Hopefully it’s a matter of time before I get my position and can start showing people what I can do.”
Barry added: “My dad, who watches me week, in week out, is completely in shock at the positions I’m playing and he knows by watching me that I haven’t performed anywhere near to my own capabilities so it’s been frustrating. I think in a matter of time the fans will find out what I’m about and how I play.”
Barry, like Chester as a team, has struggled for consistency this season. However, he has seen enough in recent performances to feel optimistic going into tomorrow’s challenging cup test.
“The key word missing from our season is consistency,” said Barry. “The fans, the manager, ourselves – we don’t know what team’s going to turn up at the minute.
“But we’re starting to feel as though some things are clicking into place and hopefully it will start showing in our results.”
Tomorrow’s kick-off time has been brought forward two hours to 1pm on police advice. Chester are asking supporters to not sit in seats marked for season ticket holders if possible.