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REACTION | Chorley 1 Curzon Ashton 1

It was an afternoon of mixed emotions for the Magpie manager, Matt Jansen, following yesterday’s 1-1 draw at home to Curzon Ashton. Here are his thoughts from immediately after the game.

“It’s a difficult one for me,” Jansen said.  “I felt we performed better in the previous two games (against Kidderminster and Salford).  But we got a point and we came back from a goal down.”

Jansen took the final result as a positive but was perturbed that his side couldn’t find a winner.  “Yes, we showed a lot of character coming back from 1-0 down, but they’re games that I want to win.  Their goal was maybe against the run of play but I’m disappointed.  I don’t think we had the same quality, energy levels and composure in the final third to maybe get more out of it.  But it is a point and I’ll take the positive from that but I’m a little bit frustrated that we didn’t get all three.”

Before the game, Jansen mentioned that Curzon Ashton had become somewhat of a bogey side for Chorley over the last couple of season but shrugged off any speculation that this notion was in the back of his squad’s minds going into the game.  “Yeah Curzon Ashton are our bogey team and we didn’t do too well against them last season but we don’t even mention that in the dressing room.  We just talk about how good we are, how good we’ve played in the last two games and that doesn’t enter their minds, it’s about how we do our job.”

He went on to talk about his side’s lack of creativity and invention inside the final third, not just during yesterday’s game but in all three games so far this season.  Once the players got the ball into the opposition’s half he felt they weren’t doing quite what was expected of them.  “We had a session on Thursday about when the ball drops in the final third can we drive at players?  Can we be creative?  I’m not going to have a go at players for losing the ball in the final third but can we be a little bit more exciting and a little bit more composed?

“We seem to be a little bit impatient,” he added.  “It’s a bit like a hot potato when we get into that final third.  But when you look at it defensively, if you’re playing against attackers who are running at you you’re going to be more nervous than the attackers.  So I urge our lads to take the ball to them, if you lose it, you lose it but more often than not you’re going to create something.  Whether that be drawing out a player and creating some space or leave another man free and we seem to be too impatient to get rid of the ball or cross or shoot.”

Jansen decided to rest a number of players, particularly in the forward positions, for this game as he didn’t want the lads to suffer any burn out so early in the campaign.  “Dale Whitham had a bit of a thigh problem so Jake Cottrell came in.  We played the same system as the previous two matches but it was just using different players.

“Three games in seven days is hard for anybody so we gave Marcus Carver a bit of a rest.  It was good to get Jason Walker in, who was our top scorer in pre-season, and Terry Gornell kept his place as he was great in the previous two games.  So the changes were just because of circumstances with the games that have gone before us.  Looking at this game I thought certain players needed a rest and that’s all it was.

The Magpies now move on to a tricky trip to Harrogate Town on Tuesday night hoping to bring back all three points.

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