CHESTER FC have not gone from heroes to zeroes in the space of 90 minutes, according to Neil Young.
The Blues boss accepts his side’s performance in the 4-1 derby humbling at Nantwich Town on Monday was ‘unacceptable’.
But he believes their form going into game and their record under his command suggests a sense of perspective is needed.
Young said: “We beat FC United last Wednesday with arguably the best performance since I’ve been at the club and then took Stocksbridge apart on Saturday.
“So while our performance at Nantwich was unacceptable, we are not going to win every game we play.
“We are facing better teams this season and I would defy anyone to suggest any team would not be weakened by the loss of Michael Wilde, Ashley Williams and Alex Brown.
“I understand why fans were disappointed, but I’ve got no doubts about my ability, my team’s ability or my management team’s ability.”
Brown is expected to return for Saturday’s visit of North Ferriby United to the Exacta Stadium (3pm) although Jerome Wright is struggling with a leg injury.
Chris Simm and Iain Howard are in line for recalls after being dropped to the bench for the defeat by Nantwich after turning up 40 minutes late.
“I know some people have suggested I should have just fined them and played them,” said Young.
“But we have rules that all the players have to stick to. I’ve got 20 lads to manage and I gave them enough time to get there.
“As the lads had to be on the pitch for 2.10pm for the warm-up, I had to name my side and give my team talk. I gave them (Simm and Howard) until 1.45pm, but they didn’t turn up until nearly 1.55pm and by that time it was too late.
“It was totally out of character for the two of them and I don’t hold a grudge, but it’s not a case of me learning something from not playing them. I’ve spoken to a lot of managers this week and they all said they would do the same thing.”
Young agrees the 1,000-strong Blues support had every reason to feel let down by what they witnessed at the Weaver Stadium on Monday, but he feels a ‘minority’ took their criticisms too far.
“We were woeful and I fully understand people being disappointment and frustrated. But there is a difference between that and some of the abuse directed at the players at the time and since,” said Young.
George Horan’s sending-off against Nantwich means the captain will be suspended for the home clash against Kendal Town on September 14.
Chester head to Ashton United on Wednesday (7.45pm).
Saturday is Non-League Day and with no Premier League or Championship matches taking place, Chester FC officials are asking fans to spread the word about the game against North Ferriby United.