Results tagged “Neil Young” from Chester Chronicle - Deva Fever
NEIL Young was delighted to give Chester fans what they have waited nine long years for - a home win in January.
A wretched run stretching back 24 league and cup games was ended yesterday as a hat-trick of headers from Bradley Barnes, Michael Wilde and Robbie Booth swept Young's table-toppers to a 3-1 victory over 10-man Wakefield.
With Chorley not in action, the result moved the Blues five points clear at the Evo-Stik League First Division North summit.
Boss Young said: "They'll say the sending-off changed the game, but you can only beat what is in front of you and overall I thought we played quite well.
"It was difficult as once they had the man sent-off they shut up shop and tried to stop us from playing and scoring, which you can understand. But we coped with it well.
"So I'm glad to put an end to the January curse. More importantly it puts us five points clear, although there's a long way to go yet."
Chester had failed to win any of their previous three matches at the Exacta Stadium, but there was never going to be a doubt over the final outcome after Denton was stupidly sent-off in the 12th minute for swinging a punch at George Horan.
However the Blues had to be patient and it was not until first-half injury-time that they took the lead as Bradley Barnes glanced in his eighth goal of the season from the recalled Kyle Wilson's cross.
Barnes and Iain Howard were excellent in midfield, but it was impressive new boy Ashley Williams who was named the sponsors man of the match on his first full start for the club following his move from Airbus UK Broughton.
Young said: "I thought Ashley was absolutely outstanding. His touch, his passing, his overall play was first class - he really dictated the game.
"He's someone we've took our time with as we've watched him on four or five occasions. I thought sometimes he played within himself at Airbus, but I thought today he showed us what he can bring."
Neil Young has made signing a new goalkeeper an immediate priority after Richard Whiteside was injured in the win that took the Blues to the top of the First Division North.
Chester's number one limped off late on in yesterday's thrilling derby victory at Cammell Laird and, with Chris Oldfield having controversially departed to Darlington, Young is currently without a keeper for Tuesday's Evo-Stik League Challenge Cup clash at Newcastle Town (7.45pm).
Young, who has reported Darlington to the FA for making an alleged illegal approach for Oldfield, said: "People may have questioned why we are pursuing Darlington - but they will know why now.
"Goalkeeper is the hardest position to fill and, as we can only offer a second goalkeeper's position, we're not a massive draw. So what we've got to do is find a good young kid like Chris.
"Hopefully Richard will be fit for the weekend, but I've got to get a keeper on loan for at least a month, just to cover in case he's out for longer."
Neil Young has vowed to replace the players he feels are under-performing after Chester FC blew the chance to move level on points at the top of the Evo-Stik League First Division North on Saturday.
He said: "I'm not going over the top - this is my job and I'm not prepared to put my neck on the line for those sorts of performances.
"Ultimately the buck stops with me. I'll be the one getting criticised - rightly - because I put the team on the pitch, but if I'm going to take criticism I'm going to take criticism for the right reasons.
Just seven days after a failure to take their chances cost them dear against unbeaten leaders Chorley, Chester dissected an out-of-form Salford side with clinical precision on Saturday to move up to fourth in the standings.
Neil Young said: "We were very clinical. Look at the first half - we had three or four chances and we took two of them. If that would have happened against Chorley it would have been a different game.
"Today we have taken our chances and I think if we continue to take our chances we will get stronger and teams will find it hard to live with us.
"All credit to the lads as they've bounced back. We could have had more in the end but 4-0 away from home is a very good result."
Well it wasn't so long ago that we were all nervously awaiting the decision on the future of the Deva Stadium from Cheshire West & Chester Council, but now just a couple of weeks on, there has been so much progress as Chester Football Club breathes into life once again.
Firstly, that decision by CWAC.
It was the ONLY decision that would have been deemed acceptable, as a club being run by an overseas group was simply not in the best interests for a club like Chester, maybe for the Premier League big boys, but not Chester. An offer had been made to the Danes to get behind the CFU and make this an even bigger proposition for all to consider, but sadly they decided not to back City Fans United, and subsequently lost a lot of respect and also potential friends along the way.
Then came the news that the FA had recommended that Chester start four, yes four leagues down from where Chester City collapsed, and quite rightly this has been appealed against as no club that has reformed with supporter ownership - something that the government & FA have been backing of late - has been forced down 4 leagues, with the precedent being 2 leagues, with one exception at 3.
So, all could be forgiven that this would be a knock on everyone's hopes for next season, well judging by the turn out and support at the bingo hall where all four corners were filled in quicker than you can say "all the fours...", it was apparent that the fans were in bouyant mood, and coupled with the fact that Daryl Clare was making the 3 hour trek over from Lincolnshire to be with us, it turned out one of the greatest nights as Chester FC was officially reborn.
Thursday 21st May 2010, remember that date in the future. That'll be the club's official birthday!
On the rebirth night, we also heard from several of the committee members, who gave excellent presentations, but at this point, I must point out that I have absolute pride working with each and every one of them up to this point, and have every faith in that to continue as the club climbs to its feet, and begins its challenge to get back up the Leagues.
The revealing of the club crest was the point I think we were all looking forward to, and the atmosphere in the place was electric as we approached the point, and when those curtains went back to reveal the badge, I think the pride took over and the songs "Chester are Back" and "We love you Chester" kicked in, what a great sound it was in there - won't it be great to hear that in our first game at the Deva in August!
I was really impressed with the badge, it encompasses both our history and future, all with a modern look that will last us for years, and with the wolf looking a little more menacing than ever now, let's hope that fear will head into the hearts of those travelling to Fortress Deva!!
It was great to get Daryl Clare entered into the CFU Hall of Fame, and he was not expecting it either as he'd heard nothing about it up to the point I'd invited him back on to the stage to receive his award. Daryl was a star on the night too, signing many autographs and having pictures taken with many fans.
Following the meeting, in fact less than 24 hours later, our new management duo were appointed, and best wishes go to Neil Young & Gary Jones, who now carry the hopes of Blues fans everywhere to get us back up those leagues, butr they cannot do it without our support, your support.
Now is the time for the City to really rally round its football club, and the challenge to all should be to bring a mate to watch Chester next season, make it someone that has never been before, encourage their kids, or brothers, or sisters to come with them - the era of a new dawn has begun, so let's make it a success on the pitch as well as off it!
The good news continued on Saturday, as the club's website was launched, it was set for 3pm, but we thought we'd tease everyone that little longer, and I think it was worth the wait, and the website www.chesterfc.com will certainly be updated a lot more than the previous one was!
The good news is flowing through Chester Football Club right now, so let's keep those blue flags flying high up in the sky, and be proud of our club - this is something we can all build ourselves, imagine that day that will hopefully not be too many years away when we see on the bottom of Jeff Stelling's Soccer Saturday videprinter "Chester are Promoted to the Football League"!
It can happen, but only with everyone's support!
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