RICHIE Partridge hopes Chester City can “kick on” from their encouraging Easter and put to bed any lingering relegation fears as quickly as possible.
The winger returned to the City side on Saturday following a five-game absence through injury and scored the winner in a 2-1 success over Darlington.
He continued his rehabilitation by playing in Monday’s battling loss at Peterborough – and reckons the two Easter displays point to a brighter future for the Blues, who have won only twice all year.
Partridge said: “Although we lost at Peterborough, we’ve showed we’ve put that bad run behind us and we can kick on now.
“Saturday was a great three points, but Monday was a good performance and we can hopefully build on it.”
Chester get the chance to measure their progress under new boss Simon Davies tomorrow, when Stockport County come to the Deva for a Cheshire derby.
Now fully recovered from his calf problem, Partridge will be looking for a repeat of his two-goal show at Edgeley Park back in October.
A stunning brace from the former Liverpool man earned a 2-1 away win for the visitors, sending them second in the table.
“That was a special day for me, but I’ll take three points this weekend whether I score or someone else scores,” said Partridge. “That’s the main thing.
“Stockport are pushing in the play-off places and looking to get promoted, whether it be automatic or through the play-offs.
“There are no easy games left, but we’ve shown we’re a match against anyone and are hopefully getting back to the form that’s seen us doing so well at the start of the season.”
With Chester still not completely safe from the dreaded drop, Partridge knows there is still work to do before the club’s safety is assured.
He added: “You can never say never until the final whistle of the last game of the season.
“I think ideally you want to get another couple of wins on board. We’ve got six games left, so that’s certainly a realistic target. We’re looking at getting three or four wins, rather than one or two. If we get two we’ll guarantee safety.”
City lost every game during Partridge’s five-game injury absence from the team at the start of the month.
He was sorely missed – and is glad to be back.
“It wasn’t ideal coming back with two games in three days, but I’m fine – no problems at all,” said the 27-year-old Dubliner. “Hopefully that’s me fit for the rest of the season.”