BLAINE HUDSON admits Chester’s confidence has been knocked following their winless run which now stretches to five matches.

The centre-back was on target in the first-half of the Blues’ 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Gateshead, and felt the game followed a similar pattern to recent weeks where Jon McCarthy’s side have failed to convert their chances and paid the price.

“First 25 to 30 minutes I thought we were really good, we did what we do best, passing it in between the lines and getting in behind them,” Hudson said.

“We were right on it and I think we were at the levels we want to be.

“Tom Shaw had a couple of chances and we had a couple of other half chances that maybe we should be converting.

“We got in front but then once they scored, for some reason it’s fallen flat.

“It’s frustrating, perhaps it’s a confidence thing, I’m not sure where it’s really gone wrong.

“Second-half again, we weren’t at our best. We were quite flat and we struggled to create much.

“Quite a lot of the time we were just reverting to find Albs (James Alabi) up top, hitting him with long balls.

“I thought Albs was really good again for us, he does a lot of hard work up there.

“Duzza again was full of running but it’s just not come off for us and we didn’t look like getting that equaliser.

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