Chester boss Jon McCarthy is convinced his team will be the best the club has had once players return from injury.
It’s a big night for the Blues boss, whose side travel to second from bottom Solihull Moors – Chester themselves sit just two places above.
Pressure on McCarthy has been building since the end of the last season, when his side won just 3 times in their last 18 league matches. Chester were well-clear of the relegation zone but things became a little to close to comfort with a few games remaining.
McCarthy did guide his team to seven consecutive clean sheets during the first half of the season.
After some shrewd signings in the summer, the Chester squad, on paper, looked stronger than last season but injuries have hampered progress so far.
McCarthy, though, is adamant that is still case, and said: “We’re a team with one of lowest budgets in the league and people should recognise when this group gets fit, that’s when you start to enjoy the team.
“When I have everybody fit, we win games. If you look back to last season, it’s the same situation. What I do is manage in difficult circumstances and when I have everybody fit… (last season) 17 games unbeaten, it’s a new club record, eight clean sheets… that stuff shouldn’t disappear out of history.
“I just want to people to recognise what the situation is at the club. We don’t have a training ground, we don’t have adequate medical back-up to support the unbelievable work that our people do.
“Our small squad means injuries are more difficult for us but I promise you when I get all these players fit, with some game time under their belt, you’ll see the best Chester team have had. We’ve still got our game in hand on Tuesday and that gives us a true reflection where we’re at.”