THE Stanley fans were singing "Please don’t go" to Paul Mullin - but boss John Coleman said there would be some players on their way if results don’t change.
Saturday could have been Mullin’s last game after his seven celebrated years at Stanley after Shrewsbury revealed they had agreed a £75,000 deal for him.
But while Coleman will be relieved his striker has turned the League Two rivals down he said now is the time to have a thorough examination of his other "personnel" in a bid to get their home form on track.
The Reds looked like they were on course to seal a much-needed win after what Coleman has called "shocking" form at the FES this season.
But instead, they threw away a lead twice and Chester came back as the disappointing crowd of 1300 saw their first home draw of the season.
The Reds boss has threatened changes before but now has the transfer window open and at his disposal if he wants to act quickly.
"It has got to be that the personnel aren’t good enough," said Coleman in response to being asked what is going wrong at home for the Reds.
"I keep saying the same things over and over again but we can’t defend like we did - it is absolutely appalling.
"You have to take responsibility - the coaching staff and the players - but we work on it week in week out and work our socks off to try and get it right but the players are switching off at set-pieces.
"So it must be that the personnel can’t be trusted to do a job."
The Reds’ chief was furious that his side wasted a chance to record what would have been only their second home win in eight matches.
He continued: "If you concede three goals at home, you don’t deserve to win.
"I thought our defending was diabolical and I have to accept the blame.
"I have never been as disappointed and I keep going to new levels of disappointment. I have hit rock bottom again.
"We will never have a better opportunity than to take three points at home this season and that is with no disrespect to Chester.
"But, if you miss chances and give goals away like we did, we are never going to win games at home."
Out of 13 games at the FES, Stanley have won four, lost eight and now drawn one. And they have conceded the most goals at home in League Two.
Coleman and co were hoping for a change, especially with the good news on Friday that the Reds had smashed their transfer record to sign Ian Craney in a £85,000 three-and-a-half year deal from Swansea.
However, it was more of the same as Stanley were quickly playing catch-up against their rivals.
Chester had been hit by injuries but a ninth minute free kick found the bandaged head of unmarked Paul Linwood at the far post who headed it down for lone striker Chris Holroyd to race forward unmarked and steer the ball over the line.
City kept pressing and Stanley were unable to cope with their 4-5-1 formation and could conjure up little while the defence was found wanting.
Winger Ritchie Partridge missed two great chances to increase Chester’s lead - ballooning one over and just failing to get his foot to the other as the visitors were on top.
The Reds just couldn’t get going with City keeper John Danby only needing to be involved in the 35th minute when he kept out Jay Harris’s shot.
However his next action was to pick the ball out of the back of the net when a Craney free kick fell to Andy Procter and he turned and volleyed the ball home for a wonder goal. It was his ninth goal of what has been a good campaign for the 24-year-old so far with four goals in the last six games.
It was only then that the Reds actually looked like the home side with Craney dragging a shot wide as they found their feet towards the end of the first half.
And the midfielder wasted a good chance immediately after the restart by firing over after Mullin had sent him through.
Lively frontman Roscoe Dsane was a threat for the Reds and did charge free with only Danby to beat but the ball got stuck in the muddy penalty area which allowed the defence to get back and cover.
However, on 62 minutes, Danby raced out of his goal to stop Dsane but he could only push the ball to Craney who was following up. And the record signing did well to chip it into the empty net from 18 yards to put the Reds ahead.
Any hopes of a much-needed win, though, were short-lived as the defence was caught out six minutes later with Lawrie Wilson getting the ball on the edge of the area and being allowed time to race forward and fire home the equaliser.
It was end to end with barely time to pause for breath as Stanley once believed they had secured three points on 74 minutes. Craney’s corner was headed home by Dsane for his eighth goal of the campaign - despite a defender’s attempts on the line to keep it out.
And Craney could have made it safe but Danby jumped high to keep out the midfielder’s accurate free kick a minute later.
There was more gloom though as the Reds were once more pegged back.
Partridge fired the ball in 12 minutes from time, Linwood managed to stick his foot out at the far post and cross the ball into the danger area and Holroyd was there once again for another easy finish - despite shouts for off-side.
And Chester could have won it but Kevin Roberts’ fired wide in a good position with two minutes left.
That would have got Coleman boiling but instead he has vowed to bounce back.
"I am low at the moment," he said after the match. "Our holy grail of a clean sheet seems a million miles away and it is two points dropped.
"We have some really good players at the club but it is no good if we defend like that.
"But I will pick the players up this week and we will be ready for Stockport."