Jansen predicts bright season ahead

Chorley boss Matt Jansen
Chorley boss Matt Jansen
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Chorley boss Matt Jansen says his men will quickly climb the National League North table if they perform like they did against Stalybridge Celtic.

The Magpies beat Celtic 1-0 on Monday and Jansen said the display was his men’s best footballing performance of the campaign.

Josh Hine’s 84th-minute strike sealed the points and Jansen described the clash as ‘crazy’ after Hine missed a penalty and ex-Chorley duo Adam Farrell and Chris Simm were sent off.

Despite the impressive display, he has urged hi side to be more clinical when they entertain Alfreton Town at Victory Park tomorrow.

He said: “It was a crazy game. We dominated the game.

“We were very impressive. It is the most pleasing we have been all season.

“We set our stall out right from the off. We had quite a few chances but we were not clinical enough. But Stalybridge went down to nine men and that killed the game.

“They sat back and hung on for their lives and we finally managed to score and get what we deserved.

“If we approach the game how we did on Monday –making chances and playing great stuff – Alfreton will have a lot to deal with.”

Chorley are ninth in the table and Jansen is pleased that the Magpies immediately bounced back from 
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Harrogate Town.

He told the Evening Post: “It was disappointing to get beaten at home.

“They will be up there this season.

“Over the last five matches we have averaged two points a game, so I am happy with that form.

“If we continue like this ,we will do well.”

And Jansen praised captain Andy Teague for his leadership on on Monday.

He said: “I can shout instructions from the sidelines but you need a leader on the pitch to do the shouting too.

“For us that is Teaguey and it is good to 
have him back.”