Jansen calls on Magpies to bounce back

Chorley's Chris Doyle  (photo:by Josh Vosper)
Chorley's Chris Doyle (photo:by Josh Vosper)
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Chorley boss Matt Jansen has urged his men to erase the disappointment of Saturday’s 20 minute defensive ‘capitulation’ by bouncing back and beating Gainsborough Trinity tonight.

Chorley boss Matt Jansen has urged his men to erase the disappointment of Saturday’s 20 minute defensive ‘capitulation’ by bouncing back and beating Gainsborough Trinity tonight.

The Magpies were 2-1 up against Curzon Ashton in the 59th minute, but Curzon levelled two minutes later, and a ‘poor’ late defensive spell saw Ryan Brookes bag two goals to seal a 4-2 win.

But despite the disappointment, Chorley are still ninth in the National League North table and Jansen says he will be making changes.

He said: “For 70 minutes I thought we were very organised, but in the last 20 minutes we capitulated. Defensively we were poor and it was disappointing.

“We were all scratching our heads as to why it has happened. There was too big of a gap between defence and midfield. We were stretched all over and it was easy for them to slip in those gaps. We are looking into what went wrong but our focus is tonight. I will be making two or three changes to freshen things up, and I’m looking forward to bouncing back with a win. But we are still ninth in the table, and if we can get two or three wins in a row we will be in the play-off zone.”

Defender Chris Doyle has been recalled to parent club Morecambe but Jansen hopes Shrimps boss Jim Bentley will allow Doyle to return. He said: “Jim needs Chris back and I’m sure he will lend me him back when injuries and suspensions at Morecambe clear up. James Dean has picked up a knock to his knee, Jake Cottrell has knocked his knee and Josh Hine is not 100%.”

Chorley are in FA Trophy Third Round Qualifier action on Saturday and host NPL Premier Division outfit Skelmersdale United at Victory Park. Jansen said: “We’ve always had tough encounters with them but we want to get through to the next round and we want to win.”

Defending Champions Chorley will face either Clitheroe or Bacup Borough in the next round of the LFA Trophy.