All the pressure is on Tranmere Rovers in tomorrow's derby at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium, says Chester FC manager Steve Burr.

Tranmere are chasing a place in the promotion play-offs and three points will take them back into the top-five having dropped out after a 1-0 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town last weekend.

Chester meanwhile are in no immediate danger of becoming embroiled in the relegation dogfight after picking up for points on the road with a win at Altrincham and a draw at Kidderminster Harriers.

The Blues have taken points off three of the top four at home and while Tranmere start as clear favourites, Burr reckons his side can go out and perform without fear.

He said: "That's been the message really. When we went to Altrincham that was a must-win game and we went and won it.

"This Sunday there's no pressure on us. The pressure is from ourselves as individuals to go and win the game but we're in a bit of a no-lose situation because we can go and enjoy it but we'll enjoy it more if we get the right result.

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"I think it gives you greater satisfaction when you get a result against teams with the resources Tranmere have got.

"It'll be tough because they're a side full of experienced lads who have been there and done it so we know how difficult it's going to be.

"But I know what we can do with the crowd behind us and a full house, like we have done against Wrexham for the past couple of seasons.

"Tranmere have got lots of experienced players and players that are capable of getting them out of the division.

John Rooney missed a penalty in Chester's defeat to Kidderminster
John Rooney missed a penalty in Chester's defeat to Kidderminster

"They are a club that will be looking at the Conference thinking 'what has happened to our football club being here' and that's not disrespecting the Conference but they are a big club like Luton Town were. The expectations obviously are for them to get out of this division.

"They are a good, experienced side and you can see that all through the season they've kept adding to the squad but I think they've found out how difficult this division is and they've not had it all their own way.

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"There's not any games at this level like the Wrexham and Tranmere games for filling stadiums and it's a great one to look forward to."

Burr confirmed James Alabi, who opened his account last weekend with a stunning equaliser against Kidderminster, was in the frame to start alongside top scorer Ross Hannah while Nyal Bell's two goals in the Cheshire Senior Cup midweek could earn the on-loan Rochdale forward a place on the bench.

"We'll go and attack on Sunday and James will come in alongside Ross and give us that bit more going forward," said Burr.

"I thought he took his goal well last week, he was a handful when he came on and I know how much he's champing at the bit.

"It's been a bit stop-start for him but hopefully we can now see James Alabi showing that potential he showed for 45 minutes between now and the end of the season.

James Alabi celebrates his goal in the draw with Kidderminster
James Alabi celebrates his goal in the draw with Kidderminster

"Nyal's done himself the world of good with his performance the other night. It was a good opportunity and I thought Nyal did really well and he'll come into the squad now.

"We've had a good look at him in training. There's good parts to his game and there's others that obviously need improving but I thought he took his goals very well."

It has been a tough season for the Blues and Burr admitted he had done some soul searching as his side struggled in recent months.

He suggested he had been guilty of moving away from the attacking brand of football he became renowned for with Kidderminster Harriers and now wants to return to what he knows best and bring the excitement back to Chester.

"I've looked at it and you always scrutinise what you're doing and when results aren't right you look for a way to put it right," said Burr.

"I think maybe with the inconsistency we've produced this season have I become a big negative with the team and thinking more about the opposition whereas in the past I've always looked at getting my team to play to their strengths and not worry so much about the oppositoon. I've looked at all of those sort of things and if you attack more than you defend you're going to win more games.

"I've been as frustrated as hell this season and sometimes when you're struggling with results you question everything but I want us to attack and keep attacking. That's they why I've had my sides playing predominantly over the years and I don't want to get into that mode of worrying to death about the opposition but have faith in your lads and what I can do.

Steve Burr gives the orders during Chester FC's 2-1 win over FC Halifax Town
Steve Burr gives the orders during Chester FC's 2-1 win over FC Halifax Town

"Whatever I say when we're not on a great run it doesn't really matter. What matters is you go out on the park and produce the goods and I think Sunday is a great occasion for the squad to go and make the most of that.

"Somebody said to me the other week if we stay in this division it will be a good season for us but I don't look at it like that. I want better than that but in someways maybe at the minute that is still an achievement but that's not what I've come here for us and hopefully we can get to a situation where are stronger and maybe the finances can improve where we can go and sign established lads.

"We're a bit off that but we'll compete and we'll keep having a go and there's no bigger test for our lads than Sunday."