Steve Burr says he was disappointed not to claim all three points from a battling goalless encounter at Dover Athletic on Saturday but expressed his delight at the start his Chester FC side have made to the National League season.
The Blues hit the woodwork three times at The Crabble, once in the first half through Ross Hannah and twice in the second from Craig Hobson, but were fortunate not to concede at the other end, saved by some last-ditch defending and profligate finishing from the hosts.
Dover also had a good shout for a second-half penalty turned down from referee Constantine Hatzidikis when Blues full-back Ryan Higgins appeared to handle the ball in the area, but the protests of the the hosts were waved away much to the relief of the travelling faithful.
A draw was the fairest outcome on the balance of play and while Burr was disappointed not to see his side make it three wins from three, their haul of seven points from three games and no goals conceded represents an impressive start for the Blues.
“We are disappointed that we haven’t won because we felt we could have won, but if you can’t get the three points then the next best thing is a draw,” said Burr, who named an unchanged side to the one that beat FC Halifax Town 1-0 last week.
“We knew it would be tough down here. We’ve hit the woodwork three times, Ross Hannah was unlucky in the first half and I though Hobby should have scored in the second half. But they’ve had three good chances in the second half and all-in-all, a draw is probably a fair result.
“Defensively we looked solid, we’re yet to concede a goal yet, which is pleasing, and I’m sure our luck will change at the other end as we’re not getting much luck at the minute.
“It wasn’t the greatest of games footballing wise. Dover had done their homework on us and looked to stop us passing the ball.
“They did a job on several players, man-to-man marking, which we have got to adapt to and get used to. We came here to try and get three points, we didn’t do that but we’re pleased to come away with a point.”
The Blues currently sit fifth in the National League and welcome Gary Johnson’s mid-table Cheltenham Town to the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on Tuesday (7.45pm).
And Burr is keen to see his side build on their impressive side against a club who were plying their trade in League Two last term.
“It’s been a good start and now we’ll get ready for another big game on Tuesday,” added Burr, who praised the defensive partnership of Ben Heneghan and Ian Sharps following the stalemate at Dover.
“Cheltenham will be another good test for us, an ex-Football League club who have got aspirations of bouncing straight back, so we know how tough it’s going to be. But we are a side at the minute who just can’t wait for the next game.
“As a group we have come together quickly, there’s a lot of new players in there and I’m delighted.”