James Akintunde is ready to seize his chance at Chester FC .
The Blues striker could make his first start of the season at Barrow tomorrow night after fellow frontman James Alabi was shown a straight red card towards the end of the 3-1 home defeat against Maidstone United on Saturday.
And while disappointed to see Alabi sent off on Saturday, Akintunde is ready to make his mark for the Blues if he gets the nod from boss Jon McCarthy.
"Hopefully I will get my chance. It is a long season and I just have to keep working hard," said the 20-year-old.
"Even if it isn't the next game there is still another 40-odd games and I just need to keep at it. If I don't start a game or play then I can't let my head get down and I just need to keep on going.
"It's never nice to see your own player get sent off. I think his intention was to go for the ball. His studs were showing but some would say that it was a bit harsh."
Akintunde was handed a permanent deal by McCarthy just prior to the season after impressing in a trial spell during the pre-season campaign.
The former Cambridge United man notched four goals, including a first-half hat-trick against Marine, enough to persuade the Chester boss to give him a shot.
He came off the bench late on in the defeats to Gateshead and Maidstone and says that the mistakes that were on show against the Stones on Saturday can't be repeated at Holker Street tomorrow evening (7.45pm).
"We wanted to come to the Maidstone game they same way we did against Dagenham but we didn't start as well," said Akintunde.
"We've talked about mistakes and hopefully we are going to use it for the game against Barrow. We can't be dwelling on the past.
"Against Dagenham we put our minds together and we worked as a team. We can't make it easy for teams and there is definitely more to show."