Chester FC: Late winner let officials off hook, says Neil Young

NEIL Young was delighted to see Chester extend their superb winning run yesterday – but less happy that it took a dramatic late winner from super sub Michael Wilde to let the officials off the hook.

Young,  whose side moved up to second after an eighth straight victory and clean sheet in all competitions, felt at least one of the two goals scored by Chris Simm and Liam Brownhill should not have been disallowed for offside.

The Blues boss, who received his Premier Division manager of the month award before the match, said: “I thought it was going to be one of those afternoons. We threw everything at them but we knew it was going to be difficult as they are an organised side and their game plan was always going to be to sit in and try and nick a goal.

“Thankfully Wildey has come on and scored a good header, but I don’t know what was up with the goal we scored five or 10 minutes earlier.

“The referee was right there but you’ve got a linesman who’s making a decision  from 40 yards away. I suppose you’ve got to give them the benefit of doubt for the offside goal we scored in the first half, although Chris said it wasn’t. We had to take that one, but that one at the end is another matter.

“But all in all it was another pleasing performance and clean sheet. Winning these type of games 1-0 is what it’s all about.”

Simm and Matty McNeil forced fine saves from Ryan Price in the first half but the Chasetown goalkeeper’s net was not troubled again until the 77th minute when a cross from the impressive Wes Baynes was headed on to the bar by McNeil.

By that time Chester had already introduced Jamie Rainford and the returning Wilde – and it was the latter, with his first league goal of the season, that finally ended the away team’s stubborn resistance two minutes from time by heading in an excellent left-wing cross from Liam Brownhill.

Young said: “Matty McNeil has been a big plus for us and there’s no doubt they tried to combat him. That’s why we brought Jamie Rainford on and got Robbie Booth playing off the front.

“Once we started dropping off them and dragging their three big centre-halves into holes they didn’t wanted to go, we started to cause them a  few problems. We were getting into wide areas and getting into the box and that’s how we got the goal.”

No one was more pleased for Wilde than Young.

The predatory striker was sidelined for two months with a fractured collarbone but is now close to full match fitness after scoring twice in the four brief appearances he has made off the bench.

Young, who named the recalled Baynes as his man of the match for a starring display from right-back, said: “It’s great for Michael as I know how hard he’s worked behind the scenes to get fit.

“He was our talisman last season and the script was written for him to come off the bench and score a header into the top corner.

“He’s just one of those players who is always in the right place at the right time."

Chester are away to Buxton on Wednesday (7.45pm).

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