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Battling Boro short changed, says Wilson; CHORLEY 1 NUNEATON TOWN0.

Byline: CHRIS PHILPOTTS

KEVIN Wilson doesn't think his team got what they deserved as they slipped to a defeat away at high-riding Chorley.

The Boro boss praised his side for more than matching their Vanarama National League North hosts throughout the 90 minutes, insisting only luck stopped them from taking more from the game.

"We are talking about small margins," said Wilson. "We made one mistake and we were punished for it. Chorley on the other hand have only one shot in the second half.

"I have no qualms with our performance we put on. I think the disappointing thing for me is we have come away to a team who are chasing a place in the play-offs and we come away with nothing - despite more than holding our own in the game.

"I think we deserved more than we got from this one. Chorley may have struggled in the second half, at least in terms of shots, but in the first 45 minutes they had the best of the openings.

The first 20 minutes were not without incident - just without goals. Chorley did their best to break the deadlock, but saw Christian Dibble fist over a close-range header while Jordan Nicholson somehow headed one off the line - the same man then pushed wide the best chance for Boro at the other end.

All in all it was a poor start, though, as both sides struggled on what was a heavy pitch and not one conducive for knocking the ball around in any sort of fluid fashion. The tempo was there, but the quality was lacking, a fact that looked like making it a goalless 45 minutes - that was until Marcus Carver stepped up.

The Chorley No.9 had twice been denied by smart stops from Dibble but was not to be denied a third time as he latched on to a simple ball over the top, raced clear of Kelvin Langmead and deftly pushed it past the Boro keeper who was rushing out to close the angle - a killer blow with the half-time whistle coming just moments later.

The goal did seem to have an effect after the break as Boro just did not get going in the second half.

Chorley may not have tested Dibble all that often, but they were the ones playing on the front foot while Nuneaton looked lacklustre and void of any ideas going forward.

The home side were unable to make that count, though, as they saw efforts go high wide and handsome while Dibble remained untested.

Disappointingly Nuneaton were unable to capitalise on that as they themselves only had a soft header from Shaq McDonald that lofted into the keepers hands that counted as a goalwards effort.

Despite that Wilson was adamant there was reason to be optimistic.

"We had a lot of the ball, we just lacked that cutting edge," he said.

"I am sure we can turn this round.

"I am not looking down, just up - I am still confident."

CHORLEY: Rowley, Challoner, Beesley, Cowan, Leather, Jordan, Blakeman, Whitham, Carver, Walker, Cottrell. Substitutes not used: Jarvis, O'Keefe, Roscoe, Azam, Caunce.

NUNEATON TOWN: Dibble, Clifton, Langmead, Anderson, Tempest, Scott, Cartwright, Daniels (Elliott, 73) Williams (McDonald, 85), Nicholson, Moli (Ironside, 73). Substitutes not used: Wheatley, Higham.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 7, 2016
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