MARK Wright wants his Chester City players to take a leaf out of their own manager's book when they make the long trip to Darlington tomorrow.
The Blues' straight-talking boss says the trip to the North East holds no fear for him - and he sees no reason why his squad should feel any different.
Wright said: 'Darlington are more of a footballing side than people give them credit for. They've got good players and are strong at the back but I don't fear anybody in life and I don't think the players should.
'We should respect Darlington, but not fear them. They are beatable.'
Chester have won just one of their last 16 games - a miserable sequence that includes 13 defeats.
The rot was stopped to a degree on Tuesday when the Blues claimed a point, albeit in a scrappy 1-1 home draw with rock bottom Torquay United, who were reduced to 10 men for almost all of the second half.
Gregg Blundell netted City's equaliser - his first goal since the end of September.
Wright now hopes the club's record signing, who missed a large chunk of the season through injury, can stay in the scoring groove.
He said: 'Things will come for Gregg. We'll start putting balls in for him and he can gamble and touch a few more in. Then it could be the first of many.
'We'll work very hard but the most important thing is to get an early delivery into the box.'
As for Darlington, their assistant manager Mark Proctor is insisting they must win tomorrow if they are to have any chance of a top-seven finish.
Proctor said: 'If we fall any further adrift I don't think the gap would be something we'd be able to bridge.
'It's important we get something from the remaining games.'
Three straight defeats have seen the wheels come off Quakers' promotion push, and a eight-point deficit now separates the North East side from seventh-placed Cheltenham.
David Duke and skipper Matt Clarke are expected to return from injury lay-offs tomorrow, but midfielders Neale McDermott (sprained ankle) and Phil Stamp (calf strain) are out.
Chester's Justin Walker (ankle) remains sidelined but keeper Chris MacKenzie is nearing a return to full fitness.
The former Telford United man, who broke his thumb at Lincoln last December, may feature against Cheltenham Town tomorrow week. nCity's draw against Torquay on Tuesday averted a club record seventh successive home defeat.