Magpies ready to come out fighting

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  • Chorley face crunch derby clash against Fylde
  • Both teams gunning for promotion from Conference North
  • Magpies keen to get back to winning ways
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A huge derby encounter tomorrow will be just the tonic for Chorley as they aim to bounce back from a disappointing midweek defeat.

That is the view of Magpies boss Garry Flitcroft as his men prepare to face local rivals AFC Fylde at Victory Park in a crucial Conference North fixture.

I won’t have to pick my lads up after Wednesday’s defeat

Garry Flitcroft

Chorley were hoping to claw back some ground on the teams in the play-off places with victory over lowly Bradford Park Avenue on Wednesday.

Unfortunately, they suffered a 3-2 defeat away from home, which means they remain in eighth spot in the table – six points behind fifth-placed Guiseley.

However, Flitcroft expects his men to have eradicated the disappointment of the defeat to Avenue from their systems by the time tomorrow’s game kicks off.

“I won’t have to pick my lads up after Wednesday’s defeat,” Flitcroft said.

“They’re a good set of lads and they’re disappointed with the defeat to Bradford.

“I’ve said to them to get your heads down and we’ll go again against AFC Fylde.

“We’ve got games in hand at the moment and we need to take three points off the teams above us and it’s what we’ll be looking to do tomorrow.”

Chorley’s recent defensive record is becoming something of a concern for Flitcroft.

They have now conceded 13 goals in their last six games and once again, individual errors proved costly against Bradford.

“The Bradford Park Avenue manager John Deacey said after the game he was surprised we didn’t get something out of the game,

“I’m sick of saying it though, the same people are making individual errors.

“We looked solid as a team on Wednesday but at the end of the day, if individuals are going to make errors at the back, then there isn’t a lot we can do about that.

“I’ve said to the lads that we can’t keep dropping points like that as it could cost us at the end of the season.

“When you want to win things in this league you’ve got to be solid.

“I say to them before every game, if you get 11 individual performances and they all do their jobs, then we’ll be winning.

“But two or three of them didn’t on Wednesday, we made mistakes for the goals and it has cost us again.

“Your back four is your main cog and it has to be solid.

“Up until five or six games ago we had the best defensive record in the league. We tried to change things before and go 4-4-2, but Wednesday was a case of individual errors.”

Flitcroft will once again be without skipper Andrew Teague, who serves the final game of a three-match suspension tomorrow, against Fylde, who are in second spot in the table.

Tom Smyth is also expected to be missing through injury, but Jake Cottrell will be available before he begins a three-match ban.

Meanwhile, Fylde boss Dave Challinor believes his men will have to adapt their normal passing style against Chorley due to the nature of the Victory Park pitch.

“We know the pitch won’t be ideal,” he said.

“It certainly won’t be like what we are used to playing on at home.

“The pitch is not really conducive to playing good football but you have just got to go with it.

“Chorley have a mixed style but that is dictated by the playing surface that they have got.”