CHESTER'S management team were furious with their senior play-ers after Easter Monday's comprehensive 2-0 loss at Stockport County.
Blues boss Mark Wright dropped the rookie trio of James Vaughan, Chris Holroyd and Paul Rutherford to the bench and selected a side packed with experience for the Edgeley Park derby.
But the decision backfired and it took Wright just 36 minutes to decide a change was needed. Off came Sean Hessey and Lee Steele and on went Holroyd and Vaughan.
Although the pair could not inspire a turnaround, they gave their all as Chester struggled to break down a well-drilled Stockport rearguard.
City assistant boss Graham Barrow said: 'I don't think Lee Steele and Sean Hessey were on their own to be honest - and that's unacceptable to us.
'I like to feel that any game is there to be won, whoever we play in the league, and I'm sure the gaffer feels the same way.
'The response from the team with the younger players on the pitch was better and at the moment they are the shining lights.
'I think the time has now come for the older players in the team to make their minds up.'
Barrow warned: 'It can either be a horrible, long and drawn-out end to the season, or hopefully very exciting if we can go out and give the right perfor mances.'