CHESTER City aim to put their Dagenham debacle behind them tonight when they host Leeds United in the Carling Cup (7.45pm).
The all-ticket first-round tie gives the Blues the perfect opportunity to restore some pride following Saturday’s 6-0 mauling at Victoria Road – although Simon Davies’ men will have their work cut out against the fallen giants from Elland Road.
Davies, who is expected to make at least two changes to his line-up tonight, said: “It’s a big chance for us. The players have got to grasp that and learn from Saturday. If we do that, we can go and push on again.
“It’s on Sky, it’s against an attractive team and now they’ve got to go out and prove to everybody what they’re about. We will work hard to make sure that happens.”
Skipper Paul Linwood is not expected to recover from a back injury in time to face Leeds, but Davies said he will give him “as long as he needs” to prove his fitness.
Tony Dinning and Shaun Kelly may be drafted in to bolster Chester’s midfield and defence, while Leeds are expected to make changes to the side which won 2-1 at Scunthorpe in League One on Saturday.
City are urging all supporters to arrive at the ground early in order to ease congestion at the turnstiles.
Those without tickets can watch the match live on Sky Sports 2 (coverage begins at 7.30pm). Highlights are on ITV1 at 11.40pm and the tie will also be featured on Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Merseyside and Dee 106.3.
Chester were knocked out of the League Cup by Leeds at Elland Road two years ago, Eirik Bakke scoring in a 1-0 success.
The two clubs famously met in the same competition at the fourth round stage on November 13, 1974.
Leeds were league champions at the time and their side included household names like Billy Bremner, Allan Clarke and Peter Lorimer. But they were sent packing 3-0 at Sealand Road by Ken Roberts’ Division Four underdogs, who went on to reach the semi-finals.
Chester (from): Danby, J Vaughan, Butler, Kelly, Roberts, Wilson, Partridge, Barry, Dinning, Harris, Mozika, Lowe, Ellison, Taylor, Mannix, S Vaughan, McManus.