Steve Burr was pleased with the performance of his Chester side on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues battled to a goalless draw against in form Southport on a cold and wet Saturday at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium.

Speaking to, Steve said: “It was always going to be a difficult game.

“They’ve come on the back of some good performances since Dino (Maamria) took over – and I thought for a 0-0 the intensity of the game was high.

“In the second half we got stronger and just unfortunately couldn’t get that goal today.”

The match saw Chester pick up a clean sheet – and that coincided with the National League debut of Ryan Astles following his arrival from Northwich Victoria.

Burr was full of praise for the 22-year-old defender.

He said: “He’s a young lad. Since he came in from Northwich he’s trained really well.

“He’s a quiet lad, but I thought his debut at the level was excellent – and I’m sure there’s more to come. He was really nervous before the game – but he’s a smashing kid and hungry to do well.

“I’m delighted with him.”

The Blues grew in strength as yesterday’s game progressed – and, arguably, deserved a winner in the second half of the game.

“We’ve just got to look at the best way of getting results. Even though we didn’t get the win today I thought we played well – everybody was good.

“I don’t think the lads could be criticised today – it was just that we couldn’t find that winning goal – which I think we deserved.”

Next up for the Blues is the long trip down South to face Braintree.

Burr said: “They’re all tough games. But the confidence will be back again with the lads from that performance and it will help for next week.

“Consistency levels are exactly what we’re looking for. You can just see what wins do – Southport had confidence. But so did our lads with two wins albeit in Cup competitions.

“Winning any game brings confidence.”


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