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REACTION | Alfreton Town 0 Chorley 2

Chorley made it seven wins in eight matches in all competitions on Saturday thanks to an excellent performance away from home against Alfreton Town.  Matt Jansen spoke to the media team after the game was full of praise for his whole squad.

“It was a very, very dominant performance.  I likened it to the Darlington performance – we were outstanding and scored four on that day.  Today, we could have got eight or nine or ten similar to the Darlington game, it was as good as that.

“We controlled the game and when it was 1-0 we missed a penalty.  We had chance after chance, so should we have scored on a few occasions, maybe.  But we were creating all the time.  It was an outstanding all-round performance.”

He praised the performance of his players adding “there wasn’t a player on there that I could have a go at, they were absolutely brilliant as a team.  We have a fantastic team.  We’re strong, when the subs come on they try their hardest and even the lads who are out injured are cheering the lads on.”

Alfreton is notoriously a difficult place to come for any side and Jansen touched on that by saying: “We came here last year and we know they’re a difficult team to beat.  They’ve got better this year and they’re very strong at home.  They’ve only lost one this season before today so if you come here and get results, you’re going to be up in the mix.”

But he was determined his side could make it a memorable trip: “I said before the game you’ve got to try and come here and get something.  I wouldn’t have been too disappointed with a point but we got all three and the manor that we got the three points was outstanding.”

Like most supporters in the crowd the highlight of the match for Jansen was Nick Haughton’s wonder-strike on 11 minutes.  He was struck with disbelief and likened it to another famous long range effort from 19 years ago.  “It was a special goal that gave us the lead and it’s probably going to be shown around the world.  Is it better than Beckham’s?  It was unbelievable!

“He was well inside his own half from and he said he’s seen the keeper off his line a few times and just wanted to get hold of the ball and chance it.  It seemed to take forever to go over the keeper’s head and into the back of the goal, but what a finish!”

Adding further praise on his latest addition he claimed: “he’s been outstanding since he’s been here.  He’s been great in the dressing room, the lads really appreciate him and his second goal was excellent as well to finish the game off.”

Talking about the penalty incident Jansen felt it was a definite penalty brought about by some good work from his striker.  “Marcus has done remarkably well to get in front of the player and the player’s just scythed him down.  Then it was a case of who wants it takes it.  Even the best players in the world miss penalties so I’m not going to have a go at Josh for missing that one.  He was apologising at half time, he didn’t have to do that and I like players who want to get on the ball and have the guts to take the penalties.”

The penalty miss led to a nervy period after the break but Jansen was pleased the lads held out: “It’s always a bit nervy the longer it remains 1-0 but we kept calm and saw the game out.  Despite how dominant we were in the first half that 1-0 lead was precarious and you think it’s going to nip us in the backside if we don’t get another.  But we managed to get the second goal and see the game through.”

Jake Cottrell and Stephen Jordan came back into the side for this game and Jansen praised their contributions saying it was “excellent and full of energy, composure and organisation.”

But he also noted that “it’s a team of 21 players that were all involved.  Like I said, even the players that weren’t on the pitch were getting behind the lads and cheering them on.  It’s not just about the 11 that start or the subs that come on, it’s a team and it’s great to see.  We’ve got a healthy squad and a great dressing room and hopefully we can keep on pushing on.”

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