Display disappoints after promising start

Published date18 April 2024
AuthorStephen Page
Publication titleChester Chronicle
Ben Tollitt put the visitors in front early on against their high-flying opponents, before a brace from Connor Hall turned the game around for the hosts. Danny Newton struck a third 16 minutes from time to all but end the Seals' play-off hopes

Brackley ended Chester's promotion push last season with a 1-0 victory in the National League North play-off semi-finals, and McIntyre praised his opponents after they dealt the Seals another damaging blow this time around.

"I was disappointed with the performance in the main," McIntyre told Chester FC TV.

"I thought we started really well, you know it's going to be a really tough place to come, against a very, very good side with some very good players, that are well established at this level.

"You've seen how impressive they've been at home, six clean sheets, ten unbeaten generally at home and away. You can see that confidence that flows through them, that maybe we're not in that place at the moment.

"You can see how much they've improved. They don't play loads of football anymore, they go back to front with some very good forward players, very good from set-piece moments, and that's what's undone us really, the first two goals.

"That's really frustrating, because it's stuff we've talked about during the week, we've worked on, we've looked at clips as to how those second-phase moments might develop, and we've fallen short."

McIntyre was particularly disappointed with the manner of the goals his side conceded in their defeat at St James Park, while he also...

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