Jansen wants a quick response

Magpies boss Matt Jansen
Magpies boss Matt Jansen
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Chorley boss Matt Jansen has urged his men to erase the disappointment of Saturday’s 20-minute defensive ‘capitulation’ by bouncing back and beating Gainsborough Trinity tonight.

The Magpies were 2-1 up against Curzon Ashton in the 59th minute.

But Curzon levelled two minutes later and a ‘poor’ late defensive spell saw Ryan Brookes bag two goals to inflict a 4-2 defeat on the Magpies.

But despite the disappointment, Chorley are still ninth in the National League North table and Jansen is pleased they have a game so quickly to stop the disappointment lingering’.

He said: “For 70 minutes I thought we were very organised but in the last 20 minutes we capitulated.

“Defensively we were poor and it was disappointing.

“We were all scratching our heads as to why it has happened.

“There was too big of a gap between defence and midfield. We were stretched all over and it was easy for them to slip in those gaps. We are looking into what went wrong but our focus is tonight.

“I’m looking forward to bouncing back with a win,” added Jansen.

“But we are still ninth in the table and if we can get two or three wins in a row, we will be in the play-off zone.”

Jake Cottrell and James Dean both picked up knee knocks against Curzon Ashton, whilst Josh Hine is not 100%

Jansen said: “I will be making two or three changes to freshen things up.”

Meanwhile, Bamber Bridge boss Neil Crowe is looking to get revenge on Burscough this evening.

Burscough knocked Crowe’s men out of the FA Trophy back in October and he believes his side – who are 13th in the NPL First Division North table – can get a result and close the gap on 10th-placed Burscough at Victoria Park tonight.

He said: “It is a game that we feel we can get something from.

“They are doing well this season.

“They knocked us out of the FA Trophy and they will make us work for it but I am hoping we can get a result.”

On-loan striker Sam Joel has impressed after spending the last two months at Brig from Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.

But the Football League club have decided not to extend the youngster’s loan and Crowe has left the door open for a return.

He said: “Sam has done well and we wish him all the best in his future. He fitted in really well and he had really good attitude. We wanted to extend the loan but Blackburn did not.

“He’s certainly got the ability to do well at a higher level.”