Flitcroft backs his men for final glory

STAND-OUT PERFORMER: Striker Matt Jansen
STAND-OUT PERFORMER: Striker Matt Jansen

Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft hailed his promotion battling heroes after watching them overcome Curzon Ashton at Victory Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

The former Blackburn Rovers player said that the Magpies showed great character to come back from Curzon’s second-half equaliser and win 2-1.

Flitcroft said: “I am so proud of the lads as they played some good football.

“I think Curzon’s manager was happy to go in at the break only 1-0 down because of the wind advantage we had in the first half.

“We had so many chances and should have been further ahead.

“At half-time I said to the lads that it was going to be a battle and they scored to get back into it.

“However, there were some brilliant performances that got us through Dale Whitham and Jamie Vermiglio are only coming back from injury and controlled the midfield.

“Adam Roscoe was superb in scoring the goal and I know that I am always going to get the best from these players.”

Chairman Ken Wright praised the side for their impressive win, and is backing Flitcroft’s side to do something they have failed to do on three times this season – beat AFC Fylde.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, the job is only half done because we have got a very big game against Fylde on Friday night.

“They will come here on the back of two wins and a draw against us and think they can turn us over.

“I am hoping for a similar support on Friday night, and even if there are even more people here then it can only be good if they are shouting for our cause.

“I would like to thank the public for coming out and a crowd of 1,515 fans was superb.

“They seems to have relighted our challenge for promotion.

“I know at the start of the season that Garry put a lot of pressure on himself by saying we would be going up.

“I think it is great all the work that the management team and players have done.”

One of the stand-out performers was striker Matt Jansen, who caused Curzon all sorts of problems before he went off injured with a back sprain after half-time.

The final on Friday night signals another promotion challenge for the evergreen 33-year-old as it is almost a decade since helping Blackburn Rovers back into the Premier League in 2000-01 season.

He said: “I am on the next step of my career and going into management with Garry, so you could say it is great to be chasing promotion again as a coach.

“We have worked hard all season to go up and even though we ran out of steam a bit towards the end, we are still there via the play-offs.”

One man who could haunt his hometown club is former Manchester United star Michael Barnes who is plying his trade for AFC Fylde.