Weather Icon 9°C Overcast
Flanagan looks ahead to FC United clash following victory over Chorley
Monday 27th March 2017 @ 13:27 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton will be hoping to make it three consecutive victories this evening as they take on FC United of Manchester at the Tameside Stadium.

John Flanagan’s side will enter the game brimming with confidence, having returned from playoff chasing Chorley with a 3-0 victory on Saturday, thanks to a Niall Cummins brace and solitary effort from Jamie Stott.

Despite the comfortable victory, Curzon remain in 12th position and 16 points above the relegation zone.

However, victory over the Rebels this evening would move the club three points closer to equalling last season’s record finish of 11th spot.

Despite his optimism, Flanagan said he was surprised at the margin of victory. Following the game, the 57-year-old said: “We do have it in is to produce good performances and get good results against teams in the top half of the table.

“This is a notoriously difficult place to come to, and historically we don’t do particularly well coming here, so we’ve tweaked the way we’ve gone about it a little bit today, and that’s worked to a tee.”

Although Flanagan was full of praise for goal scorer Stott, he believes the centre-halves should have scored more this season – especially from set-pieces: “I’ve given the centre halves some stick for not scoring more than they do” he said.

“You’ve got to go in there believing that you can get on the end of something and there’s got to be that ultimate belief.

“There’s no point in going up for corners if you don’t get on the end of a few.

“We’ve worked a little bit of a set-piece, Matt Warburton’s clipped it in there and Jamie’s powered through a crowd really, put it onto the underside of the bar and thankfully it went over the line.

“I’ve got to say I thought he was tremendous today.”

Although FC United have suffered back-to-back losses against Alfreton Town and FC Halifax Town, Flanagan doesn’t predict an easy game and expects Karl Marginson’s side to offer a tough response. He said: “When I team you’re about to play has lost 3-0, you expect a reaction, so I never look at it like that as I think it makes things harder, not easier.

“They’re a bit like us, stuck in the middle of the table, so it’s who can keep the motivation to keep playing and keep trying to win games until the end of the season.

“I know Margy (Karl Marginson) very well, and he’ll be looking at his team and the weak areas that have contributed (to that loss) today.

“We tend to have quite a good game against them, it’s quite an entertaining game usually, and I don’t think Monday’s will be any different.”

He continued: “I don’t think their defeat will have any bearing other than maybe making it a bit harder for us.

“We’ve just got to look after ourselves, go about it the right way, try and play quickly and hopefully get another three points.”

In other news, Curzon are set to host a Community Day in conjunction with Active Tameside this weekend.

The Nash have teamed up with Active Tameside for a fun day at the Tameside Stadium, which will take place prior to Curzon’s National League North fixture against Gloucester City.

There will be entertainment, prize draws and VIP events taking place, offering fun for all the family.

You can get 50 per cent off tickets to the match, which can be purchased on the day of the event – and are available to home and away supporters, new and old!

Entry will be £3 for juniors and seniors or £6 for adults.