Chorley boss Matt Jansen is gearing up for a ‘monster’ Christmas as the Magpies face a number of huge games over the festive period.
Jansen’s men travel to National League North table toppers Nuneaton before hosting second-placed local rivals AFC Fylde on Boxing Day.
And Jansen hopes his men can build on last Tuesday’s 2-1 Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy quarter-final victory over Clitheroe by taking the scalps of the top two and reigniting their season.
He said: “We have a monster Christmas and New Year. We play Nuneaton, Fylde twice and seventh-placed Harrogate. It is going to be tough but we normally rise to these occasions and we always play better in the bigger games.”
Jansen’s first league game in charge of the Magpies was a 3-2 defeat against Nuneaton at Victory Park and he is eyeing revenge.
He said: “We have changed a lot of personnel since that defeat - I think we deserved something from the game. We are going to go down there full of confidence and if we put in a performance like we can I’m sure we can get a result.”
The Magpies have conceded nine goals in their last three games and Jansen is looking to bolster his defence. They let a two-goal lead slip and lost 3-2 against North Ferriby United in their last league outing as the visitor’s equalised in the 89th minute and bagged a winner in injury time. The result leaves Chorley 11th in the table but Jansen’s men ended a six-match winless streak by dumping Clitheroe out of the cup and the Chorley boss urged his men to start turning good performances into points.
He said: “Nobody is as disappointed as I am.
“We should have more points on the board. We deserve more points from our performances. We just need to start ensuring we get the results our performances warrant and then we can start climbing up the league. Sometimes it just takes a hard-fought win like the one against Clitheroe to start a new run.”