Under-fire Chester FC manager Steve Burr admits the threat of relegation is becoming graver after a ‘horrendous’ run of results took another turn for the worse.
A record of three wins from 22 league games, the latest a 2-0 defeat at Torquay United on Tuesday which allowed the once-doomed Gulls to close to within a point , leaves the Blues in serious danger.
The gap between Chester and the bottom four is down to four points but with sides below them either having games in hand or easier run-ins on paper, the pressure is now on.
With some fans now demanding a change, Burr has assured supporters he is doing everything in his power to ensure the club does not slide out of the National League but concedes the situation is ‘not good’.
He said: “We’ve made it difficult haven’t we? The run that we’ve been on has been horrendous and there’s no getting away from that.
“I hold my hands up and I’m doing my best with what I’ve got but I can’t put confidence into the players but I’ll keep fighting, that’s for sure.
“I’m disappointed about Tuesday night. It was going to be a difficult game because Torquay have had a lift on the back of some good performances and you could see the confidence in their lads.
“At 1-0 we were trying to push to get the equaliser and we got caught at the back but I thought in the second-half although we didn’t really test their keeper there were opportunities that we should have done better with.”
Now without a win in six games, Chester travel to Lincoln City this weekend and will be unsure of what to expect at Sincil Bank with boss Chris Moyes confirming this week he will stand down at the end of the season.
Lincoln recorded a 3-2 victory at Chester back in October but have themselves not won for six games, although Burr is more concerned with his own side’s performance rather than how the Imps will respond to Moyes’s announcement.
“I suppose that’s just the way things are going at the minute but we’ve got to look after ourselves and there’s four massive games left for the club,” said Burr.
“I’ll be fighting all the way to make sure we get the points needed but at the minute with the run we’ve been on it’s not good.”
Burr hopes defender Ben Heneghan will return having missed the loss at Torquay with a knee strain picked up during the 2-2 draw with Boreham Wood on Saturday .
Winger Jordan Chapell could feature having recovered from an ankle knock while right-back Ryan Higgins and on-loan midfielder Danny O’Brien, who were both left at home for the midweek trip to Devon, could return to the squad.