RYAN LLOYD refused to blame goalkeeper Alex Lynch after Chester were beaten 2-1 by play-off chasing Barrow.
The 21-year-old shot stopper had a moment to forget on 76 minutes as he allowed Jordan Williams’ low drive to squirm under his body into the net, adding to Richie Bennett’s opener.
The Blues hit back through Tom Shaw but ultimately fell short and midfielder Lloyd was at pains to stress Lynch wasn’t to blame, but did accept Chester must ‘cut out the mistakes’ if they are to finish the season strongly.
“It’s very frustrating because we do the right things and we’ve played well, but we just need to cut the mistakes out,” he said.
“We passed the ball well, got on top of them but we didn’t create enough chances first-half, so we went a bit more direct second-half to try and create a few more openings but then we’ve conceded the second and that’s deflated us.
“But we kept going, grabbed a goal back, but it was too late.
“You can’t have a go at Alex, mistakes happen. It’s how you deal with them and we need to cut them out.
“If we cut those mistakes out, we’d be in the play-offs now, I’ve no doubt.
“You look at Barrow, they didn’t put a foot wrong and won 2-1 without playing that well. They are solid, well organised. It’ll come for us with time, hopefully the squad will stay together for next year and we’ll be another 46 games better off each.”
Lloyd was back in his favoured centre midfield position for the clash with the Bluebirds and admits he has found his recent spell on the left wing frustrating.
“I’m far happier, I feel at home in the middle,” he explained. “I find I’m out of the game for too long when I’m on the wing, sometimes the ball is on the other side and you can just end up running up and down trying to make an impact on the game.
“In the middle, you’re winning tackles, headers, tracking a man or passing the ball, ticking things over so I like it in there.”
The Blues now travel to Torquay United on Saturday and Lloyd feels a similar performance level would give them a solid chance of returning with three points.
“We’ve got to go to Torquay with that mentality, performance-wise I’d be happy if we took that down there because without the odd mistake we’d have won the game,” he added. “That’s what we don’t do well enough, we don’t win games 1-0, we’re always battling and giving the opposition a goal headstart.
“Torquay are down there so they might throw in the odd mistake but you never know.”