Flitcroft blames defence for draws

James Dean takesthe acclaim of his team-mates after scoring on Saturday
James Dean takesthe acclaim of his team-mates after scoring on Saturday
  • Chorley go in search of first league win in six games at Brackley Town on Saturday
  • The Magpies have draw their last three fixtures
  • Manager Garry Flitcroft demands improvement from his defence
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Chorley boss Garry Flitcroft called for improvements in defence ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Brackley Town.

Ten-man Chorley fought back from 2-1 down to draw against Leamington at Victory Park on Tuesday night.

It is individual mistakes at the back. It has got to stop.

Flitcroft’s former Premier League foe, ex-Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair, will be in the Brackley side.

And Flitcroft called on his defence to cut out the individual errors after the midweek draw. He said: “We gave away two poor goals. Defensive mistakes give you an uphill battle straight away.

“We spoke on Saturday (after the 3-3 draw with Worcester City) about not giving silly goals away and the back four talking.

“We didn’t get enough of that against Leamington in our back four yet again.

“It gives the lads in front of them a massive hill to climb when we give teams easy starts.

“It is individual mistakes at the back. It has got to stop.”

After three successive home draws, Chorley have slipped to eighth in the Conference North table.

But Flitcroft believes Tuesday night’s fightback, after Jake Cotterell’s 55th-minute red card, could be crucial to the Magpies promotion push.

He said: “I thought the lads did great after going down to 10 men. It is a big point.

“It could be a good point come the end of the season.

“We have games in hand and we are more than capable of winning the games to get into a play-off spot.”

Flitcroft praised in-form Magpies striker James Dean, who upped his tally to 20 after scoring both Chorley goals against Leamington.

He said: “James has been great since I got him in. He works his socks off, is a great targetman and he scores goals.

“He’s been brilliant for me in the three years he has been here – he’s prolific, he’s always scored goals. I hope Aaron Burns can chip in with a few more. He’s had three games now and a bit of a barren run. There are goals in him – we just need to get him in the box.”

Adam Dodd is back in training but captain Andy Teague is suspended for tomorrow’s clash.

In the NPL First Division North, Clitheroe host Darlington 1883, Kendal Town host Ossett Albion, Burscough travel to Radcliffe Borough and Lancaster City travel to Salford City.