Tuesday March 1st
One of the key attributes of a good team is that they grind out results while not playing well and never give up; tonight’s game was a prime example of this.
It looked like being one of those nights when chances went begging and our passing game often deserted us. Early efforts failed to test the visiting keeper Andy Robertson with Shelton Payne and Mark Houghton having the best of the chances, while at the other end Salford player manager Rhodri Giggs and top scorer Steve Foster were well marshalled by Andrew Teague and Andy Russell with a single shot from distance there only effort.
After the break City’s tackling became heavier and every opportunity to run the clock down was taken, but Chorley fought on despite not being at 100%. Matt Jansen and Adam Roscoe replaced Payne and Houghton as Garry search to bring a spark to the team, and that spark was Matt Jansen.
Not for the first time this season the former Rovers star was subjected to a few hefty challenges, but on each occasion he picked himself up and played on, and this lifted the team around him.
Long spells of pressure failed to provide the winning goal and Salford almost stole the three points when a Foster header bounced off the inside of the woodwork before Lee Woodyatt cleared.
Going into the final minute fullback Simon Woodford tried to kick Janny into Pilling Lane, and from the resulting free-kick form Tom Ince, Dale Whitham rose in the centre of the six yard box to head straight through the flailing keeper’s arms to the delight of the Magpies faithful.
Starting XI: Lloyd Rigby, Lee Woodyatt, Tom Walker, Andrew Teague, Andy Russell, Dale Whitham, Shelton Payne, Steve Flitcroft, Jordan Stepien, Mark Houghton, Tom Ince
Subs: Adam Roscoe (Houghton, 71), Matt Jansen (Payne, 54), Jonathan Smith, Nathan Fairhurst, Aaron Grundy
Goal: DALE WHITHAM (90)
Chorleyfc.com Man of the Match: Matt Jansen, his presence lifted the team’s performance