Deano is class says Magpies No.2

Magpies striker James Dean
Magpies striker James Dean
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Chorley assistant boss Matt Jansen hailed striker James Dean ahead of tonight’s key play-off clash.

The Magpies host Boston United at Victory Park in the first leg of their Conference North play-off semi-final.

And Jansen backed fans’ player of the season Dean to increase his 25-goal tally and give Chorley an advantage to take into Saturday’s away leg.

He said: “Dean has been fantastic this season. His goals have been essential.

“He’s knocking on the door of 30 goals, which at this level is priceless.

“Deano is good around the dressing room – even if he hasn’t scored he makes an impact on the game.

“I hope he can get some more goals and push us on.”

The Pilgrims finished a point above the fourth-placed Magpies to clinch home advantage for Saturday’s crucial second-leg clash. But Jansen believes that can play into Chorley’s hands.

He said: “Some of the lads work late and travelling down to Boston on a Tuesday night would have made it a long day.

“So we see it as an advantage to have the midweek match at our place.

“Boston are a strong physical side but hopefully we can get a good result in front of our home fans to take to their place.

“The fans can have a massive impact – they are our 12th man.”

Jansen believes the lure of Conference football will inspire the Magpies to give their all tonight.

He said: “No one will want to miss this match. The chance of getting into the Conference – and one step away from the Football League – is enough motivation.

“The lads are buzzing. It has been a long season. We’ve had injuries and suspensions but we have come through it and finished in a good position.

“It is a huge step up getting into the Conference. It would be great for the club and all the supporters, I’m just hoping we can do it. The lads know what they have to do.”

AFC Fylde assistant boss Colin Woodthorpe says missing out on the Conference North top spot will not hinder Fylde’s promotion quest.

Barrow pipped Fylde to the title on the final day but Woodthorpe says that will not impact Fylde’s mind-set ahead of tonight’s play-off semi-final first leg at Guiseley.

He said: “For a while we’ve expected to be in the play-offs because of the way the league has been.

“We are prepared but it is a lottery – whoever performs best over the two legs will go through so we will have to be at our best.”