Frustrated Chorley boss Matt Jansen says his men need to get back to basics this week as they bid to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.
The Magpies lost 4-1 at Harrogate in midweek, and 2-0 at Boston on Saturday, with Jansen stating that his men need to knuckle down and remember the key to reaching the play-off final last term – that never say die attitude – ahead of a home clash with National League North leaders Brackley Town.
He said: “I think maybe we’ve been taking things for granted a little too much, maybe thinking they will walk over teams this season, and it is not like that.
“It wasn’t like that at the start of last season, we pride ourselves on our team and our dressing room, and from that we got belief because we were winning games, and because of that we were working hard.
“We know we have got ability in there, but ability is not good enough if you are not a team together working professionally, working hard and getting results.
“That breeds belief and positivity – obviously it is lacking, the lads are disappointed, but we have to get back to basics and get back to what we are good at, and that is being a united strong team, sticking together and fighting for everything they can possibly fight for, and a never say die attitude, and that for me was not quite there on Saturday.”
As Chorley prepare for another tough clash against the leaders, who have won all five of their opening games, Jansen stressed the league has strengthened, but that he is looking for a response on Saturday: “It has stepped up again. The league is stronger again, maybe teams have strengthened more so than we have been able to financially, but that does not mean that we don’t compete and we did not compete well enough on Saturday. Having said that the teams we have played, the exact same fixtures that we have played, we gained four points from last season, and this season we have gained four points.”