Marcus Bignot says his players need not come back for training if the can’t motivate themselves for this weekend’s derby clash at Tranmere Rovers.

The Chester FC manager was left under no illusions as to the size of the task he faces as Blues boss after watching his side fall to a 2-0 defeat at home to Woking on Tuesday night, a loss that keeps them in the bottom four of the National League.

Chester make the short trip to Prenton Park on Saturday (3pm) to take on a Rovers side who have underachieved so far this season, and the Blues are in need of a pick me up after Bignot’s honeymoon period as manager came to an abrupt end at the hands of the Cards.

Last year Chester salvaged a 2-2 draw at the death when Ryan Astles fired home to spark jubilant scenes among the 1,200 travelling Blues fans, and Bignot says there can be no excuses for not being up for the challenge this weekend.

“I put myself in the players shoes and if I’m playing on Saturday, with that type of crowd and a derby at stake, I know what I’m bringing to the table as a person, as a player and as a character, I’m sure my players will as well,” said the Chester boss.

“I’m a Birmingham boy, Blues/Villa – very hostile, I’ve been in the crowd and know what it’s like and as a player, if you can’t get up for that then don’t bother coming back to training.”

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