CHESTER City’s players have emerged from crisis talks with boss Simon Davies fired up and ready to put their bodies on the line in the club’s fight to beat the drop.
Having presided over a run of four straight defeats, Davies gathered his squad together on Tuesday to watch a video replay of Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Barnet.
After squirming through a re-run of the full 90 minutes, the players had a frank exchange of views before making a long overdue resolution to unite together for the season’s run-in.
Davies said: “We watched the Barnet video on Tuesday afternoon and it wasn’t the most pleasant viewing.
“We aired some views between ourselves, which was really productive because the one encouraging thing to come out of it was the players are disappointed and really want to fight for the cause.”
Any knocks, strains or niggles will be put to one side by the players, who have promised to play through the pain barrier if required – just as the crocked Paul Linwood did at Barnet on Saturday.
It means the only player Davies expects to be without for tomorrow’s home meeting with promotion-chasing Darlington is long-term injury victim Nathan Lowndes.
Davies added: “They’re all going to give it a go.
“I wanted everybody on the training field to give it a go and see how they feel for the weekend. We’re in a situation right now where another couple of bad results, with other teams below us getting a positive result, would put us in a dodgy position.
“Everyone’s willing to give it a go whether they are not 100% or close to it. They want to do it for the club and for themselves and each other, so they’re in it together.”
Davies expects to welcome back defender Paul Butler (foot), winger Richie Partridge (calf) and striker Chris Holroyd (hamstring) for the Darlington match. With City reeling from 15 defeats in 18 games, their experience will be needed against the in-form Quakers.
A difficult Easter programme for the Blues will be completed with a trip to Peterborough United on Monday.
The transfer window for loan deals closes next Tuesday, but Davies does not expect to bring in any new faces.
He said: “At the moment there are no players coming into the fold. I am a big believer in what we’ve got in the squad. It’s the same squad of players who were doing ever so well at the start of the season. We have got enough in that changing room to win any game in this division.”