Steve Burr wants six points from the next two games to complete what would be a tremendous opening month for Chester FC .
The Blues travel to Burr’s former club Macclesfield Town on Saturday before hosting Guiseley AFC on Monday (both 3pm) and the manager does not expect his team to be nursing a hangover from the weekend’s 5-2 reversal at Woking .
Chester will be without the suspended Ben Heneghan, who serves a one-match ban after his red card in Surrey, and Ross Hannah, whose hamstring strain could rule him out for two weeks.
But ex-Macc favourite Burr has faith in Michael Kay, who will come in alongside Ian Sharps, and the others who have been waiting in the wings such as George Thomson can fill the void.
Burr said: "We’re targeting six points from these next two games and if we can’t manage that then we want four points.
"I don’t want to bleat on and on reflection the Woking game was one of those days where things didn’t go for us and you get them. We lost Ross very early and Ben got sent-off and I’ve no complaints about that, but we were a bit aggrieved that when Craig Hobson goes through and gets clipped – and you can see he does on the DVD – we get nothing.
"I couldn’t fault the lads because we kept going and trying to get back in the game in very hot conditions which made it even more difficult than normal with 10 men.
"Ross is probably going to be out for a couple of weeks and we’ve had it confirmed that Ben’s ban will be one game, but what that does is give opportunities to others and Michael Kay has been desperately waiting for his chance and now he’s got it.
"I’ve got three centre-halves this season who I’m delighted with and I’m looking forward to seeing how Michael goes. He’s understood that the lads in the team have been doing well but now he’s got his chance and it’s down to him to take that."
Burr, who had eight prolific years with Macc as a player, returns to Moss Rose this weekend seeking a change in fortune. He has lost on his two visits with Chester despite his team being the better side on both occasions.
Macc finished one point outside the play-offs last term but have won just once this season, although Burr is not convinced the Silkmen are the poor relations as some at Moss Ross like to portray.
Burr said: "Last season at Macclesfield was probably our best performance but we came away with nothing to show for it and there were other games where we won without playing anywhere near as well. That’s how football works and that’s the beauty of the game really that once the lads are on the pitch, we can’t control things.
"Macc did brilliantly last year but I do think maybe they make a bit too much of them not having any money because there’s a couple of lads there we had targeted that we just couldn’t afford so I don’t necessarily buy into that side of things."