YET another 1-0 home defeat, the latest being against Cheltenham Town, meant that Chester City have dropped to rock bottom of Coca-Cola League Two.
The weekend reversal was the eighth time since Christmas that City have lost by a single goal and manager Mark Wright has a massive task ahead of him if he is to save the club from dropping back into the Nationwide Conference.
Wright has inherited a squad from previous manager Keith Curle which in certain cases is lacking in ability, lacking in confidence, but most worryingly lacking in desire and it is the latter issue which is the most concerning.
After going down to a goal after just 90 seconds, Chester then had 80% of the play territorially, but such was the lack of passion and desire among the strike-force, that Higgs in the visitors' goal, wasn't really troubled seriously, which must have been disappointing for the former Liverpool and England central defender.
Another person who is less than happy with events is City chairman Stephen Vaughan, who said last night: "I am as disappointed as everybody else about the way the club has slipped since Christmas, but I am also disappointed with the way the support level has dropped off.
"It's at times like this when we really need the supporters to get behind us. I spent £250,000 in signingon fees and transfer fees during the summer to bring this squad together and it's extremely disappointing the way they are under-achieving."
Vaughan echoed the thoughts of many City followers when he said: "Far too many players think they are better than this club. Considering the position we are in that is a ridiculous viewpoint, as well as being totally unacceptable."
The Chester chairman also revealed that at least one member of the senior squad who didn't play on Saturday would face a club fine, following actions before and after the weekend defeat.
Vaughan added: "I want to see some pride shown by certain players next Sunday when we face Wrexham. I want to see some of them, who have been merely going through the motions lately, giving our club the respect it deserves and we are paying for."
Chester conceded in the second minute on Saturday. Record signing Gregg Blundell and Ryan Lowe both saw tame efforts blocked, McCann swept the ball forward and with Regan hopelessly out of position Brian Wilson slotted his effort past Harrison.
Chester then began to dominate proceedings, but they rarely broke down a well-drilled defence and with the strike-force again under-achieving Higgs was seldom called into action.
The best chances fell to Michael Branch, who fired wide, and Drummond, whose 15-yard volley was plucked out of the air by the Cheltenham shot-stopper.
Following the game Wright said: "We've more or less dominated after naive defending gifted them a goal. When you look at our forwards you think there are enough goals there, but perhaps I need to look at bringing someone in.
"It's not often that I'm lost for words, but I don't know how we didn't score three or four."
On a positive note, Wright continued: "We still have 10 games left and 30 points to play for, but we have to start winning games now."
CHESTER CITY: Harrison, Regan (Vaughan 52), Albrighton, McNiven, Ellender, Davies, Curtis (El Kholti 46), Drummond, Branch, Blundell (Richardson 63), Lowe. Subs: Artell, Hessey.
CHELTENHAM TOWN: Higgs, Gill, Caines, Townsend, Armstrong, Melligan, McCann (Bird 58), Finnigan, Wilson (Bell 80), Odejayi (Spencer 63), Guinan. Subs: Brown, Wylde.
REFEREE: Jon Moss (Hull).