A BREAKDOWN in communication is central to Chester’s problems this season.
That is Mark Wright’s assessment after watching Saturday’s defeat by Morecambe and spending a week coaching the team.
He believes the players at his disposal are technically gifted but the lack of experience and virtual silence on the park are preventing that ability from transferring from the training pitch to matchday.
“The communication is pretty poor but the ability is quite high,” he said.
“Big Paul Butler and Tony Dinning have trained all week. They’ve got bags of experience and those sorts of people when your backs are against the wall are vital to a squad like this to help young boys through because there’s a lot of smaller players and there’s a lot who don’t talk in this squad.”
Wright believes Chester were unlucky to lose last weekend, but also that the defeat was of their own making as defensive errors were pivotal in Morecambe’s two goals.
“Last week I thought the boys were very, very unlucky,” he said. “Both the goals should have been avoided. The first one defensively was very, very bad. It was a comedy of errors.
“The second one, Laurence Wilson giving away a penalty. Maybe we need to look for a left back because a natural defender would have hooked that clear instead of trying to take a touch in the 18-yard box.
“I don’t think it was a penalty, I’ve seen it time and time again now, he wins the ball cleanly but his leg sort of goes round him.”
Wright would like to push Wilson into midfield, bring in a left back and play Kevin Ellison up front, once he has completed his three- match suspension after being sent off last weekend.
And he thinks that Chester have the ability to score goals, they just need to learn not to concede.
“Did we have a number of good chances? Yes we did and I think we should have definitely come out with a point.
“Both goals should have been avoided. The longer we get with these boys these sort of mistakes will be eradicated but in training this week there’s been a lot of positives.
“Now to transfer the five-a-side play from the training field into a matchday. If they can do that all of a sudden it looks good for Chester, there’s no two ways about it.”
Salary capping is likely to stop Chester City making quick changes to their squad before tomorrow’s Boss Mark Wright had hoped to mark his first week in charge with some movement in the loan market, which closes next week, but has been hampered by Chester’s financial position.
“We’d like to ship some players out and get some loans in,” he said. “I think it’s very important to change things round at this stage of the season. Up to now 42 goals have gone in. That is not good enough.
“Confidence will be low, strikers and midfielders start sitting deep and that brings pressure.
“We need people that are leaders on the field to take the guys forward rather than step backwards.”
“It is highly unlikely we’ll get anyone in before the weekend.
“We have to get players out before we can get players in because of salary capping.
“We’re up to the limit so until we get players out we can’t move and we’ve got to make sure the players we’re letting out are the right ones and the players we bring in have to be right.
The window shuts on Thursday until January.