Jansen calls on Mags to be ‘more professional’

Darren Stephenson keeps an eye on the ball against Bradford Park Avenue. PHOTO: Josh Vosper

Darren Stephenson keeps an eye on the ball against Bradford Park Avenue. PHOTO: Josh Vosper

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Chorley boss Matt Jansen says his men need to learn to be ‘more professional’ after Chorley let a 2-0 lead slip at Victory Park against Bradford Park Avenue.

Jansen admitted a last-minute equaliser could have been avoided if Chorley had kept possession in Park Avenue’s final third in the dying minutes.

The ex-Blackburn Rovers striker urged his men - who are ninth in the National League North table - to be more clinical, take more care in the final third and be more professional if they want to climb the league, but he also said a controversial decision by referee Anthony Backhouse to award a penalty in the 72nd minute, after James Walshaw was allegedly fouled by Chris Doyle, cost Chorley.

He said: “We are creating chances, we just need that extra bit of clinical finishing and a bit more extra care when we are in the vital areas.

“I thought goal scorer Darren Stephenson was outstanding and Josh Hine got into outstanding positions but then the final ball maybe let us down a little bit.

“It was never a penalty. The referee will be getting a copy of the video.

“We need to take a little bit more care, have a little more professionalism, and kill games off.

“We have two or three minutes left on the clock and we have a throw-in down in their half.

“We threw it straight to them, they break and score.

“Little things like that has cost points and it has cost us points through the season, we should be sitting a lot higher up in the table if we had been a little bit more professional.”

Jansen’s men travel to 10th-placed Curzon Ashton on Saturday and he told his men to keep their heads up.

He said: “Even though it felt like a defeat it is a draw.

“We are dominating games we are playing well and I’ve told them to keep their heads up because one defeat in our last 10 games is not poor form.”

Chorley host Skelmersdale in the FA Trophy in the third round on November 28.