Jansen keen to avenge Alfreton smash ‘n’ grab

Chorley striker James Dean is out of action for 5-6 weeks due to an ankle injury. Photo: Josh Vosper
Chorley striker James Dean is out of action for 5-6 weeks due to an ankle injury. Photo: Josh Vosper

Chorley boss Matt Jansen is keen to get revenge on Alfreton Town this weekend and is eyeing up a potential reunion with an old Blackburn Rovers team mate.

Alfreton fought back from a goal down to score twice in two second-half minutes and undeservedly bag all three points back at Victory Park in September.

And Jansen is hoping for a win when his ‘stronger’ Magpies side travel to Derbyshire on Saturday.

He said: “When we played Alfreton earlier in the season they did not to deserve to get anything out of that game, let alone all three points. It was smash and grab for them.

“Hopefully we will be on the right side of the result this time and right that wrong.”

Chorley’s game against Gloucester City was called off due to a frozen pitch, but the Magpies are still ninth in the National League North table, and Jansen says his side has evolved since that disappointing defeat against 13th-placed Town. Despite the blow of losing hit-man James Dean for five weeks due to an ankle injury Jansen says it is a chance for someone to step up.

He said: “The squad is stronger and the players are gaining more and more confidence as the season goes on.

“We have been scoring goals, we scored three in our last game against Corby Town, we kept a clean sheet and we are looking better at the back.

“The only downside is that we have lost Deano up front for a while but that gives an opportunity for someone else to step up and take their chance and Andy Teague is fit to play.”

Jansen’s old Rovers team mate David Dunn said days after being sacked as manager of League 1 club Oldham that he would not be averse to playing non-league football.

And Jansen says he would welcome the 36-year-old midfielder. He said: “He is a talented player and any side would want a player of his quality.

“He has just come out of a good job. If he does want to drop to non-league and play I’d welcome him with open arms.”