NEIL YOUNG has apologised to supporters for what he described as the ‘worst performance’ of his reign as Chester FC manager.
The Blues boss tore his side after their 2-0 FA Trophy reverse at Worksop Town on Wednesday and then moved to say sorry to the fans who had made the long trip to Sandy Lane.
Young said: “I would say the first-half performance was the worst performance since I’ve been at the club. I thought we had a go in the second half but in a cup tie, once a team goes two goals up, they can sit in.
“Our play in the first half, and in particular our defensive play, was nothing but a shambles.
“I can only apologise to the supporters for the performance. As I said to the lads in the dressing room afterwards, they play the game but I take responsibility and I’m big enough and bold enough to go out there and apologise to the fans.”
Early goals from Matt Young and Leon Mettam condemned the Blues to a deserved defeat in the third qualifying round replay with lower-league Worksop.
It was the first time in 63 matches that Chester have failed to score in a competitive game.
But Young did not blame the shock loss on his forwards.
He said: “We’re conceding goals and if you look from the Halifax FA Cup replay on, we’ve conceded early goals in most of the games we’ve played.
“Once teams go a goal up against us, they can afford to sit back and it becomes harder for us to break them down.
“So we’ve got to do a lot of work defensively to eradicate the goals we’re conceding.”
Young has four strikers in his squad after he signed Craig Curran – one of the better performers against Worksop – on loan from Rochdale.
But some supporters believe their manager needs a targetman in the mould of Ben Mills.
Mills spent a highly successful loan spell at the Exacta Stadium earlier this season.
But Young and the Blues board were unable to strike a permanent deal for the Macclesfield Town frontman.
Young said: “People are pandering for a striker because Ben did really well. But Ben is not coming to Chester. We couldn’t do the deal.
“As I said at the time, we did everything we possibly could do to make it happen – it wasn’t my fault and it wasn’t the board’s fault. It never happened, we’ve moved on, and we’ve got three excellent strikers and one on loan who did well on Wednesday.
“What we’ve got to do is cut out the defensive errors. We’ve got to look further than the forwards.
“If we cut out the defensive errors, teams can’t sit in against us, they’ve got to come out and play, and that will give us more space to open up opportunities.”
The Blues are away to Gloucester City in the Blue Square Bet North on Sunday (3pm).