First team coach Jon McCarthy feels the Chester FC players are thriving on the attacking approach Steve Burr has taken.

Burr comes from the 'score one more than you' school and there have been 28 goals in the eight league games since he took charge.

Having played under Burr for Hucknall Town and Northwich Victoria, the 43-year-old McCarthy knows his approach to the game well.

"The football we are playing and the chances we are creating is exactly how the gaffers wants his teams to play," said McCarthy.

"There are things we need to sort out with the defensive side of things but it's starting to feel like we have got the attacking side of things working really well.

"The players have been freed up a little bit and are being encouraged to express themselves and I think they are enjoying that."

Chester host sixth-placed Nuneaton Town today (3pm) looking to build on the wins over FC Halifax Town and Tamworth, and the draw at Lincoln City.

"We have a chance to make it 10 points from 12 and that's a big incentive," said McCarthy, who won 18 caps for Northern Ireland in his playing career.

Nuneaton have performed above expectations this season but the Blues management team prefer to focus on themselves, rather than compiling dossiers on opponents.

"Every manager would tell you the same, but we really do target every game to win and that doesn't matter who we play," said McCarthy.

"We don't let our opponents cloud us and we don't worry too much about them. The gaffer knows this league better than anyone so he does his own preparation and we help him out.

"Alex Hay goes out watching games for us and I watch a few games on DVD in the week. We each pick things out and then we bring it all together.

"We choose two or three key areas then we take to that to the players and that's what we work on."

McCarthy believes one of the biggest obstacles Burr has had to overcome has been the fragile confidence of the players.

Chester led 4-1 at Tamworth and looked to be cruising to the win but two late goals left them clinging on.

"The team has been in the bottom four all season but they are not there anymore and that's what we are telling them," said McCarthy.

"The form we are in since the gaffer came in would have them in the other half of the table and that we want them to realise.

"The players were a bit disappointed with the last 15 minutes but I think everyone who was there would say we deserved to win the game."

McCarthy has been hugely impressed with the vocal backing the Blues had at Lincoln and Tamworth, and feels the attacking football can lead to the same kind of noise being created at Swansway Chester Stadium.

"We want to get more people down to the ground and we want to give the fans excitement and get them up on their feet," he said.

"We remember the Welling game and people expected us to do something in that game but we didn't perform so we need to be wary of that but it feels like we are in a better place now."

New signings Brendon Daniels and Ricky Bridge are likely to be included in the squad today, but striker Jamie Reed will not feature having agreed a move to Australia.