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Bay boss Chandler shoots down talk of a crisis.

Byline: LEE RYDER

WHITLEY BAY boss Ian Chandler has laughed off talk of a crisis at Hillheads ahead of their big FA Vase clash with Chertsey on Saturday.

The holders travel to Squirrel Lane on the back of two defeats in the Northern League, but Chandler is refusing to panic.

Bay lost 3-2 at Dunston last week before slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Shildon which took the gloss off their Vase win over Poole in the previous round, which had followed a month-long wait for a game due to the big freeze.

And while there have been slight murmurs of discontent Chandler is aiming to make sure that Chertsey's only visit to Wembley this season was their Combined Counties Football League clash back in August when they won 2-0 against their southern counterparts.

Chandler will have the backing of a potential 150 away fans at Chertsey with some Bay supporters flying to the fixture on Flybe's morning Gatwickbound flight from Newcastle Airport.

Chandler told the Chronicle: "We're still very upbeat despite a couple of defeats and we know that even though we've lost in the last few fixtures that we haven't been playing badly.

"What has happened is we've not been taking our chances like we normally do and, coupled with some bad defending, we have lost games because of that.

"We are not in crisis, we've had a week where we haven't won two games, so we go there looking forward to the game."

Whitley's loss to Shildon resulted in a host of missed chances in their Northern League encounter with Paul Chow, Adam Johnston and Paul Robinson all squandering some clear opportunities that would have changed the course of the game.

Chandler added: "I'm not worried too much, if weren't creating chances then I might be.

"I think the key for us will be to get an early goal and that will certainly make it difficult for Chertsey on the day.

"We've had them watched and we know they have a pitch that has good width, so we can use that to our advantage."

Holders Whitley have been installed as favourites for the trophy this season.

And Chandler's side are 9/2 with Skybet to win at Wembley, with Saturday's opponents Chertsey 16/1 shots.

Whitley hope to have ex-Scunthorpe United and Middlesbrough man Leon Ryan back for the trip on Friday. Whitley's tie kicks off at 3pm.

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Date:Feb 3, 2010
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