Magpies boss calls on his team to start quickly

Darren Stephenson makes a run into the box
Darren Stephenson makes a run into the box
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Matt Jansen feels it is crucial his Chorley side start quickly against North Ferriby United, tonight, Tuesday.

The Magpies were defeated by Nuneaton Town on the opening day of the Vanarama National League North season on Saturday.

A sloppy start ultimately cost Chorley as they failed to recover from going two goals down.

Marcus Carver reduced the deficit but a second-half strike from Dave Morgan restored the two-goal advantage.

Late in the game, Josh Hine pulled a goal back for the hosts but it proved too little, too late as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat.

North Ferriby themselves were beaten 1-0 by Tamworth on the opening day.

Last season, the Magpies took six points off Billy Heath’s side and boss Jansen feels Ferriby will be “hurting” from their loss, calling on his side to race out the blocks.

“It will be a fight against Ferriby,” he said.

“They will be desperate for points and they will be hurting from their defeat.

“Tom Denton is up front for Ferriby, he’s always a handful and causes problems, if we can contain him then I think we have a good chance.

“I always like to start games well, if you get the opposition on the back foot, it’s massive in football.”

Despite suffering an opening day defeat, Jansen felt there were plenty of positives to take out of the game.

Debutant Carver scored whilst several other chances were created and The Magpies chief, who felt nerves impacted his side’s start, remains in a confident mood.

“We can’t give two goals away, we had a mountain to climb,” Jansen said.

“The first goal we lost a header from a corner which was disappointing and their second was from a throw in which we didn’t defend

properly.

“When we organised ourselves a lot better, we were a constant threat to them.

“We were pushing forward and we threw the kitchen sink at them.

“They defended for their lives and we couldn’t get that third goal.

“On the balance of play we deserved more out of the game and that is a fact.

“Football is cruel sometimes but we have to keep our heads up, there is a lot of positives to take out of the game.

“If we play like our second half performance, then I don’t think we’ll have too much trouble.

“Now we’ve got to keep the fans behind us and keep our confidence up. The fans were brilliant with us and so was their reaction.”

The Magpies were dealt a blow at the end of the Nuneaton fixture as skipper Andy Teague rolled his ankle and had to hobble off.

He is expected to miss tonight’s fixture and the trip to Corby Town on Saturday.

Waiting in the wings however is new signing Kieran Charnock who was only fit enough for the bench on Saturday but is expected to come straight into the starting

line-up.

“Losing Andy Teague was a massive blow,” Jansen said.

“Teague usually doesn’t come off, he usually soldiers on, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to.

“But Kieran Charnock will be fit for tonight.”