BLUES boss Simon Davies called for his players to “stand up and be counted” after yet another dismal defeat on Saturday.
The 3-1 reverse to Rotherham United was City’s fourth successive loss of the new season and their 11th in 16 games under Davies.
With City supporters growing understandably restless following their team’s latest setback, Davies acknowledged a massive improvement was required.
He said: “We’ve got an awful lot of work to do and it’s down to all of us. I will get my fair share of the flack which I will duly take but it’s about people believing in their own ability.
“They are professional footballers and some of them have got to realise that and stand up to be counted. We’ve got to be men about it, not boys.”
Once again, Chester were undone by poor defending as the Millers fired home three goals inside the first 27 minutes – effectively sewing up the points inside half-an-hour.
“I’m getting slightly frustrated with this now,” complained Davies.
“The lads were told in no uncertain terms. I keep coming here and deflecting all the stuff onto me and I’ll probably stand here and say the same again, but I’m getting a little bit tired now of individual errors.
“We’ve worked all week on turning teams, defending properly, being honest, staying with runners and within minute we’ve let ourselves down.”
The Chester boss added: “It’s hard to take. I’ve probably said a little bit too much to some of them at half time and it seemed to work all little bit. But it’s easy coming out when the game’s 3-1 and it’s all but over. Although we can take positives from the second half display, when it was needed first half we were found wanting for a bit of quality and a bit of desire.”
Not for the first time this season, Davies questioned the professionalism of his players.
“It’s not just about turning up and training and listening to me gab on,” he said. “It’s about taking the information in and taking it on board and doing what’s asked. Until we do that obviously I’m going to get the flack. At the end of the day, they won’t move on as a group because we’ve got to listen to information and that’s what’s known as a professional.”
Davies was also unhappy with how much freedom Drewe Broughton – the former Chester striker making his debut for the Millers – was given. Broughton won almost everything in the air and held the ball up superbly – something he was not always able to do in a City shirt.
Davies moaned: “He looked the best player on the pitch in the first half and how that can happen I don’t know.”