Chester defender Ryan Astles has unveiled his eagerness to retain his starting place when the Blues travel to Braintree on Saturday, after he helped to keep a clean sheet on only his second game for the Blues.

Astles made his league debut in a Blues shirt on Saturday in the 0-0 draw against Southport, starting at centre half alongside Heneghan. The Chester defender has revealed his delight after starting the game, and how the Blues deserved to finish the game on top, and walk away with all three points.

“It was great to be in the starting line up and great to make my debut. I am just really happy that the gaffer chose me. We were unlucky not to win in the end, because we put in a good performance worthy of the win.”

“Our overall performance showed that we deserved all three points. We had a good few clear cut chances near the end, but on the whole they didn’t really trouble us. We all know a win was the result we deserved.”

The Birkenhead-born defender joined from Northwich two weeks ago, where he competed in the FA Cup second round versus Northampton – and has admitted his role at Chester has not changed to that at Northwich, confirming that he simply wants to make his mark on the team and perform week in, week out.

“I’ve come into the club to make sure I put in great performances, and it’s good to hear praise from volunteers at the club. I’ll look to keep my place and I hope we can take this onto the next game but get the win instead”

Astles showed high praise for the fan base at the club, but felt that in his first game, it wasn’t something to take notice of, with his main priority was to keep concentrated.

“We have great support here, but when you’re playing, you are in the zone. We can here them spurring us on, which only kicks us on further.”

The Blues make the long trip down to Essex on Saturday to face Dan Cowley’s Braintree – and Astles is confident he will be able to retain his place, but only with continued hard work on the training ground.

“We’re a big club, so I’ve come in to do my part and then hopefully push on into the rest of the season. Our game against Braintree will be tough, but I need to make sure I keep my place by working hard in training and hopefully the gaffer will keep his trust in me for our next game.”


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