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REACTION | Chorley 1 FC United 0

Gutsy, hard-fought, well deserved and wet are just some of the superlatives which can be used to describe Saturday’s victory over FC United of Manchester.  Goal machine Nick Haughton continued his excellent form by scoring the only goal of the game and Matt Jansen was over the moon at full time – possibly more so that the game was allowed to come to a natural conclusion.

“Saturday’s result was very pleasing for me” Jansen said.  “It was a game of two halves really.  The conditions were atrocious and the referee was even contemplating calling the game off.  The pitch got worse and worse and if the game had carried on for another ten, 15 minutes then he would have called it off as it was a swamp out on the pitch.”

Jansen was clearly delighted his side was able to collect all three points and praised his side’s performance.  “The wind was with FC in the first half and they caused a few problems but equally we had a few chances in the first half as well.  I thought that the second half was a little bit of one way traffic and we had chance after chance.

“Nick Haughton scored again for us, that’s seven in five matches for him but I said after the Boston game that it’s the team that allow Nick to play.”  Jansen commented: “we have a set up that allows him to express himself and the relentless running of the whole team, from the warriors at the back to the energy in midfield and the tireless running up top allows him to get on the ball and find little pockets to work his magic.”

The manager was quick to add that it’s a team effort and would never single out a certain player.  “Yes, he’s been fantastic for us and yes, he’s been an asset, but I love my team and I love what we’ve built.

“It isn’t about one player, it isn’t about two players or even 11 players, it’s about 21 players and all the players in that dressing room are going to play a part throughout this season and every single one of them is needed.  It proved it on Saturday that in difficult circumstances and when different people are called upon they come in and do a job.”

Jansen was hoping for this result following a tough mid-week trip to Boston saying before the game that “we’ve achieved our first aim – we’ve got into the FA Cup First Round Proper.

“But we’ve done nothing really” he added.  “That game is in two weeks time and we’ve got to focus on the now – we can’t take our foot off the gas.  Good teams don’t continue achieving, great teams do and we have to prove that we can do that.

“We’ve been brilliant in the last ten, 12 or 13 games.  We’ve been fantastic and for all the hard work and the effort that’s got us into the First Round Proper I was not going to allow that to be undone on Saturday.  The lads showed their character in the second half in horrible conditions to get a valuable three points and I was delighted with it.”

Adding to that, Jansen stated that he didn’t want his side to be one of those teams that fall short once they’ve had a good cup run.  “You see teams achieve that then they’ve gone on to struggle in the league and I was adamant and desperate that we weren’t going to do that.

“I mentioned that to the lads on Saturday and I wanted them to be strong and show their character, their togetherness, their team ethic, everything that we’ve built, and we’ve proved again how strong we are as a unit.  We ground out a great result in difficult conditions and managed to get the victory.”

And on a final note, Jansen finished: “After a hard 120 minutes away at Boston and getting back home at two or three o’clock in the morning we knew it was going to be difficult but it shows the character, the team spirit and the ethic that we’ve got and I’m so proud because, again, it shows how strong we are.”

Up next for the Magpies is a trip to Spennymoor Town on Saturday.

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