Gary Roberts has defended his midfield partner Scott Burton after the Chester skipper’s sending off proved the turning point in the Blues’ 4-0 defeat at Altrincham, the Chester Standard report.

Hopes were high at half time that Chester could go on at get a result at Moss Lane after a goalless first 45 minutes saw the visitors on the front foot and restricting Altrincham’s trademark passing game.

But just six minutes after the break, Burton’s late challenge on Sean Williams near the halfway line saw the captain receive a second yellow card with Chester going on to concede four goals in a nightmare second half.

“It (Burton’s dismissal) had a big effect on the game but as a team both collectively and individually we still need to do a lot better and not cave in like that,” said Roberts.

“There was nothing in the game at half time and we had weathered the early storm without them really creating anything in the first 20 minutes.”

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