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Adjusting to life at highest level
Warrington defender has been a regular in Hull’s defence so far this season
JAMES Chester and his Hull City teammates faced a baptism of fire when embarking on their latest Premier League journey in August.
Trips to Chelsea and Manchester City in the opening three weeks ensured the 24-year-old defender was in for a difficult start to his debut season at the highest level, but having secured three points and put in assured performances since, the former Manchester United youth player is already feeling more at home among the world’s best.
“It’s been a tough start,” admitted the former Birchwood resident.
“Especially the first half an hour against Chelsea; I don’t think any of us had played against anything like that before, they were unbelievable.
“But it’s been great, it was what we worked so hard for last season and playing against players and teams like that means I am only going to get better.”
A hard-fought 1-0 win against Norwich City was sandwiched by 2-0 defeats to both Jose Mourinho’s men and title hopefuls Manchester City, though even in that short space of time the Warrignton-born centre half has found himself feeling more at ease with the likes of Eden Hazard and Sergio Aguero.
“Against Chelsea it was difficult to pick any of the front six players out, they seemed to run wherever they wanted,” he said.
“City were a bit more rigid in their formation and I think that made them a little easier to defend against.
“We were unlucky not to get anything from that game.
“I am still getting used to the whole atmosphere and the quality of players, but I was pleased with my performance against Manchester City and I think I am becoming more accustomed to it week on week.”
There is still a long way to go and Hull City face a monumental task of surviving in a division that is notoriously difficult for promoted clubs.
A win at home to fellow promoted club Cardiff City this Saturday would help, while Chester hopes he can keep up the performances that have secured him a starting place in each of Steve Bruce’s City sides so far.
“It is nice to get the gaffer’s confidence and he is helping me and giving advice which I think I am probably going to need a bit more this year,” he said.
“I hope the team can continue to play well when we meet Cardiff, as these are the games in which we have to pick up points if we want to stay in the division for more than one season.
“Hopefully we can use that advantage of playing at home and get that second win.”
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