Chester striker James Alabi believes that he’s bursting with confidence, after bagging four goals in the Blues’ 8-2 victory over Aldershot on Tuesday night.

Alabi has not had the best first team chances at the clubs he has spent time at and admitted it’s the first four goals of his professional career:

“I haven’t scored four in my professional career so that made it more of a better feeling to score four for the first time,” said Alabi after the game.

“This is helping me a lot. I’m just so happy to be on the pitch, getting games and growing in confidence. This is what is going to help me improve as a player.”

After coming on as a half time substitute at Aggborough, Alabi scored for his first Blues goal which aided a come back against the League’s bottom side.

“Kidderminster was a good goal for me and I still remember that but these ones were about any chance I get make sure I do it early and hit the target so the keeper will be off guard.”

The London-born striker spoke with Steve Burr about completing a deal with the Blues last summer, before being offered a one-year-deal with Ipswich – and Alabi has showed great admiration for the Gaffer, after finally signing for the Blues.

“The gaffer has been great. In the past I haven’t had chances to play so I thank him for giving me this opportunity. He’s given me great advice before I’ve gone on the pitch as you can see today!”

As well as his four goals, Alabi believes he would not have been able to score without the support of his strike partner Ross Hannah – who also scored two goals.

“I think I wouldn’t of got my goals today without Ross upfront with me. He’s had a great game and it was great for him to get his two goals too.”

Alabi has also praised the freedom he has been allowed in his second striker role – and how starting games and no longer being an impact sub is only going to help him more.

“If you look at the stats of the previous clubs I’ve been at, I’ve only ever been a substitute, and come on to try and change the game. It’s good here because I’m settled and I can just have freedom to play.

“It’s been great being here. I’ve only been here a month or two and the players have been really welcoming. I’m enjoying playing with them.”


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