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Reaction | Kidderminster 0 Chorley 1

The Magpies could not have got off to a better start to their 2017/18 Conference North campaign than their narrow victory over Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough on Saturday.

In a tight game, Chorley came through by a solitary own goal and this is what manager Matt Jansen had to say after the game.

“I’m obviously very pleased; you’re always pleased when you get three points.  It’s a tough place to come and we knew all about Kidderminster and we put in a good performance, we were in their faces, we were aggressive and we played when we could play.

“They are a very good side and they’re a full time team and I think they only lost once at home all last season.  They won’t lose many games here again this season so we have to take a lot of credit.  The boys put an unbelievable shift in and managed to come away with the three points which is very valuable.”

It was a tough battle for Janny’s side as they struggled to gain long periods of possession against a well-drilled home squad.  He added: “we came with a game plan which was to play high and if we nicked it we could capitalise on that.  We had a few chances that we created – Terry Gornell had a couple in the first half and then he had a point-blank header saved, we had a few shots blocked and then Adam Blakeman scored one.

“Admittedly, we didn’t have great long periods of play but that wasn’t our game plan here.  We weren't trying to get into a footballing match with them, we were trying to get into their faces.  But when we got the ball we tried to be a bit clever with it and we got what we deserved in the end.”

Matty Urwin made a fantastic contribution on his debut with a fine save on 60 minutes to deny Kidderminster a goal and Janny reiterated this: “Matty was outstanding today!  All the players were really.  The never-say-die attitude that they had all of last season has been brought through to this season as well.  So when you’ve got that togetherness and team ethic then you’re very difficult to beat and we did that against Kidderminster.  No blade of grass wasn’t covered but Urwin stood tall, was strong, made some great saves, his kicking was great, and the energy levels from all the lads was fantastic.

“It’s not just about ability.  Yeah you need that but, like I’ve always said, it’s your togetherness, your team, your work rate, your belief and we had all of that during this match.”

Matt Jansen now hopes his side can carry that work ethic into their next game, the visit of Salford City to Victory Park on Tuesday night.  Look out for his views ahead of the next game on Monday night.

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