Neil Young has hailed the support Chester FC received in their season opener against Barnet as ‘unbelievable’.
The 800-strong blue army were in magnificent voice before, during and after their side’s 3-0 defeat at The Hive.
Young, watching the match from the stands, was taken aback by the noise the travelling fans generated.
Now he wants more of the same in Chester’s first home game of the campaign against Hereford United on Tuesday.
The treble title-winning Blues boss, who will be back in the dugout for the Hereford clash after serving a touchline ban, said: “We had unbelievable support on Saturday. Even in the warm-up, they were fantastic.
“Sitting there and listening, it made the hair stand up on the back of my neck and it made me feel very proud of what we’ve done here over the last three years.
“Saturday was the best atmosphere I’ve heard for a long time and now the challenge for the supporters is to replicate that against Hereford on Tuesday.”
Young was disappointed at the way his promoted team lost their shape after Barnet scored their first goal on Saturday, just 46 seconds into the second half.
He will also stress the need to keep hold of possession better before the visit of Hereford to the Deva Stadium.
But Young is far from downhearted going into the eagerly anticipated encounter, which will kick-off at 7.45pm.
He said: “We’ll evolve as we go forward. We’re virtually a new team and we have to get used to the standard.
“It was a little bit of an eye-opener during that 25-minute spell in the second half when they scored their three goals.
“But there were plenty of positives to come out of it, particularly how we played first half, and we’ve got to stick together.
“We’ve got to learn from what happened on Saturday, pick ourselves up and go again Tuesday.”
Young hopes Alex Titchiner will be fit to make his debut.
The on-loan striker from Fleetwood Town missed the Barnet match with an ankle injury.
Young said: “We could have done with him on Saturday, with his pace down the sides.
“That’s what we tried to do against Barnet – get down the sides – but we didn’t have that electric pace of Alex, which I think will cause teams problems.”
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