Michael Kay knows he must perform in order to keep his place after a ‘frustrating’ spell on the sidelines.

Kay missed two league games and the FA Cup win at Southend United after a red card the defender calls ‘daft’.

Before his sending off, the 24-year-old had been one of the first names on the team sheet but his ban opened the door for Matty Brown and the captain has been outstanding over the past month.

Kay had to make do with a spot on the bench for the home games with Gateshead and Bristol Rovers, but his chance came when regular right back Ben Heneghan picked up a knock.

Kay featured at fullback for the first time since August and helped the Blues battle back from two goals down to defeat Dartford 4-2 at Princes Park on Tuesday.

Kay said: “I thought I was doing quite well at centre half and then obviously I got a daft sending off and Browny has come in and done really well.

“It has been frustrating but it’s a squad game and I can’t really complain when lads come in and do well so you have to support them.

“I came in at right back and I was a little bit disappointed in my own performance but it’s been a while since I played there and I did feel a bit rusty.

“I would rather be playing at right back than not at all and hopefully I can get a run of games there and keep improving and keep my place in the team.”

Chester are unbeaten in three games and have an excellent chance to extend that run to five and climb into the top half this week.

A trip to Nuneaton Town on Saturday (3pm) and the visit of AFC Telford United on Tuesday (7.45pm) represent two winnable games given the opposition make up the bottom two.

Consett-born Kay arrived in July 2013 after leaving Tranmere Rovers and this weekend will be his 50th appearance for the club.

His first season was difficult but the Sunderland product is enjoying his football and thinks the Blues squad and supporters should be looking forward to the second half of the campaign.

Kay said: “We were all talking on the bus back from Dartford and the lads were saying that we’ve got two games now where we can go and get six points.

“We’ve had a good result against Bristol Rovers and a great win in the week and confidence is high.

“Dartford are near the bottom but their home form has not been that bad so we knew it was going to be tough and a bit of a battle at times.

“I think at 2-0 up they thought they were going to win the game but we didn’t stop.

We seem to be conceding first in a lot of games and giving teams a one or two goal head start.

“But we have the attitude that whatever happens we keep going and we don’t throw in the white towel, and we showed that again.”