Celtic manager Steve Burr is hoping the FA Cup victory can help improve league form
Monday 4th September 2017 @ 12:10 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Stalybridge Celtic manager Steve Burr is hoping that Saturday’s FA Cup victory over Farsley Celtic can help reverse the club’s bad fortunes.

Celtic progressed to the next round of the competition with a 2-1 victory at Bower Fold, thanks to a first half effort from Liam Dickinson – who returned to the club on Friday – and a last minute strike from Theo Bailey-Jones.

Prior to Saturday’s victory, Celtic had embarked on a five game losing run in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, which has subsequently left them bottom of the table.

However, Burr is confident that Saturday’s win can help his side begin a run of form that will propel them up the table.

Speaking to Reporter Sport following the victory, Burr said: “I think it’s no more than we deserved; we’ve been close in a lot of games and we’ve just lost a bit of confidence in front of goal and again, today, we were a little anxious.

“We had a lot of chances where I think we could have done better, but it’s the FA Cup and we’re through to the next round which is the main thing”.

Celtic return to league action on Tuesday evening and will battle it out with Farsley for the second time in 72 hours.

A trip to Yorkshire won’t be easy, but Burr maintains that, despite a string of injury worries, his side will approach the game in much the same manner. “We have a lot of injuries at the minute, so we’ll have to look at that” said Burr.

“All the games are tough in this division, and there’s one or two areas that we need to improve on, and injuries haven’t been very kind to us at the moment, but all in all I’m really pleased for the supporters and everyone connected to the club”.

In a bid to combat the club’s poor league form, Burr has signed three new players.

Dickinson has re-joined the club for a third spell, while winger Aiden Chippendale has signed for the second time.

Midfielder Tom Brown has made the switch from FC United, having been unable to establish himself as a first team regular at Broadhurst Park.

Burr is confident that Dickinson will bring some much-needed aerial dominance to both ends of the pitch. He said: “He was in with us during pre-season but I thought with the form of Jake Charles, Aaron Burns and Theo Bailey-Jones, I just didn’t think there was a place for Dicko.

“We’ve come into the season and we’ve missed that aerial dominance that he’s got.

“I thought he did really well today given that he hasn’t played since pre-season; I thought he did excellent for us and he knows how much a part he needs to play in order for us to succeed, but he’s also capable of doing a job at centre back as well.

“He just gives us a little bit more of what we haven’t had, but Aaron and Jake have struggled in front of goal, so we needed to do something and it was nice that Dicko came back today and got himself a goal”.

Of the Chippendale signing, Burr is hoping the winger’s quality will help produce more chances. “He’s an out and out winger, and I think you could see his quality when delivering crosses into the box that we’ve been struggling with” said Burr.

“He’s been here before and was very popular.

“We’ve brought in Tom Brown from FC United, who had a really solid debut for us today in the middle of the park.

“He hasn’t played a lot of football but he comes with a lot of Conference North experience, so we’re glad to have him and I thought he did very well for us today.

“It needed doing because the way we were going and with the defeats we had, we needed to do something to change things around”.

Although the main focus remains with the league this season, Burr reiterated the importance of embarking on a good cup run. He said: “Ask any chairman, any supporter or anyone connected with the club and they’ll tell you that the FA Cup is magical.

“This is the earliest round that I’ve come into for a long, long time.

“I’ve got a lot of memories of the FA Cup and there’s nothing like having a cup run and it would be great if we could do that here.

“Obviously the priority is to get ourselves on a winning run and get back up the league table and start pushing in the right direction, but there’s nothing like an FA Cup run, that’s for sure”.