Dignified Flitcroft has the last laugh

James Dean is congratulated on his on Saturday
James Dean is congratulated on his on Saturday
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Chorley manager Garry Flitcroft has hit back at Skelmersdale United boss Tommy Lawson following the club’s 4-1 victory.

The Skem manager has been regularly quoted in the media sharing his views on the Victory Park outfit.

After Saturday’s Evo-Stik League Premier Division top-of-the table clash between the sides which Chorley won 4-1, Lawson criticised the Chorley pitch, saying the Magpies will be at a disadvantage for the rest of the season because of its poor state.

Flitcroft responded: “I think Tommy has been spouting his mouth off, but we have simply kept quiet.

“Whether he has been playing mind games, I don’t know, but it has backfired on him today.

“He says all the pressure is on us but we have no pressure.

“All we need to do is keep winning games and we won’t be far off come the end of the


Flitcroft felt his side dominated Saturday’s game apart from the opening 20 minutes.

He said: “I’ll be honest with you, I felt we were always going to win the game today.

“We were outstanding today. I felt we took a while to get going especially in the first 20 minutes but, apart from that, we never stopped until the final whistle.”

The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder reserved special praise for keeper Sam Ashton, who pulled off two excellent saves in the opening 20 minutes to keep Chorley in the game.

Flitcroft said: “That is what Sam is there for.

“He made a great save and that is what you want your goalkeeper to do.

“I’ve struggled to get a good goalkeeper, but in Sam we have got someone who is very good I think.”

Chorley travel North to take on Blyth Spartans on Saturday and Flitcroft expects to welcome back full-back Adam Mather into the first-team equation.

He said: “This mid-week is a welcome rest for us but the lads will be in training on Tuesday and Thursday.

“Adam was close for the game against Skem so I think he could be fit this weekend.”