EX-RED Jay Harris had stoked the fires of this derby clash suggesting his new club Chester had more quality than Stanley prior to the Boxing Day kick-off.
If quality was making the most of their chances then City did - Crewe-target Ryan Lowe taking his tally to ten goals for the season with a well-taken double.
But Stanley only had themselves to blame for failing to show their class as the Reds did not have their scoring boots on and chance after chance went begging at the Deva Stadium.
It was frustrating to watch and manager John Coleman was dejected as he saw his out-of-form side - who made it four defeats on the bounce - slip closer to the bottom few while Mark Wright's men were able to give themselves some breathing space from the lower pack.
Coleman admitted: "We seem to be back in the mode that no matter what we do we cannot win and we have lost to a team who are not better than us.
"Things seem to be going against us but, although we had the bulk of possession, our approach play wasn’t good enough nor was our passing and we weren’t ruthless enough in front of goal.
"I don't know how we haven’t scored but we have got to do better against teams around us in the league."
It was a strange game which seemed to lack the passion of a derby clash initially but then built up to a crescendo of Stanley attacks at the end - although by that stage they were 2-0 down and chasing the match.
Blackburn Rovers striker Jamie Clarke was guilty of missing the most chances - he was a handful when on the ball and got into good positions but could not put the ball in the net.
But he was not the only one as things did not go the Reds way in front of goal. Neat passing moves and build-up play just could not be finished off and deliveries weren’t always the best for the Stanley frontmen to make the most of.
However Chester were also dependent on keeper John Danby who made a number of world class saves.
Danby had needed lengthy treatment in the first half after John Mullin’s fierce strike was collected low at the second attempt and a melee followed where the keeper hurt his hands. They did not have a sub keeper on the bench and the rumour was that pint-sized Harris was the man to come on and take the gloves if necessary.
But stopper Danby recovered to somehow tip away Jimmy Ryan’s thunderous free kick on the stroke of half-time while Stanley’s dangerous wideman John Miles hit a 20 yard strike which Danby turned onto the inside of the post.
He also palmed away Chris King’s goalbound effort after the left back had created a chance for himself as just nothing seemed to go the Red’s way.
But that is not saying it was one way traffic as the tall and robust Kevin Ellison was the major threat for Chester - getting his head to a lot of high balls, sprinting to beat the off-side trap and causing problems.
In fact it was his persistence which led to the Chester opener on 33 minutes when Richie Partridge broke on the left, found Ellison who left Kieran Charnock grounded on the by-line and played the ball back for the unmarked Lowe to rifle home the opener.
Coleman said: "Kieran said he had been fouled but he could have cleared the ball and should do better in that situation. We were punished for our mistakes."
And ex-Stockport man Ellison had a hand in the second on 59 minutes when his ball from the right wing split the Stanley defence and ex-Red Anthony Barry pounced and ran into the area.
Stanley sub Bobby Grant had only been on the pitch a minute but was judged to have taken his legs and referee Steve Bratt pointed to the penalty spot as the Reds had the third spot kick in three games awarded against them.
Lowe stood firm to send Ian Dunbavin the wrong way and it was a huge mountain for the Reds to climb.
"Bobby says he kicked the ball but you see them given sometimes and don’t others," said Coleman.
"But we should have had three penalties with Jamie Clarke mauled on more than one occasion but it didn’t happen for us."
It was a shame for Dunbavin to see the spot kick whiz past him as he had pulled off a superb save two minutes from half-time to tip away a Partridge lob although he didn’t know too much about Ellison’s late 25 yard blast which crashed against the crossbar as they looked for the third as the game burst to life close to the end.
That’s when Stanley suddenly found urgency with King and sub Peter Cavanagh charging down both wings and the Reds powering forward in numbers but it was one of those games where it seemed, even if the Reds played all night, a goal was going to elude them.
And it left Coleman scratching for postives as a season which seemed to have promised so much following successive wins over Luton and Shrewsbury and a number of clean sheets suddenly looked to be heading for trouble.
"In the second half, we had a lot of possession and I think it was John Miles’s best game in an Accrington shirt and it would have been fitting if his strike which hit the inside of the post had gone in.
"But the sad fact is that we took six points out of the first three games but we did then lose our best player (Ian Craney) and then we have 13 points from out next 19 games. That’s not good enough and it is unacceptable.
"We are in a rut and we feel whatever we do, we won't get a win and we have to get out of it. We are now in a relegation battle."