Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Play It Again, Glen ; Chapple Tells Lancs to Rediscover 2011 Form Skipper Keen on Short Stay in Second Division

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Play It Again, Glen ; Chapple Tells Lancs to Rediscover 2011 Form Skipper Keen on Short Stay in Second Division

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GLEN Chapple wants Lancashire to rediscover the siege mentality which made them kings of England last year.

Having become outright county champions for the first time in 77 years in 2011, the Red Rose were embarrassingly relegated to Division Two earlier this year.

Lancashire were written off at the start of the 2011 campaign, with most people tipping them for relegation.

But that only led to inspire what was a group of young players to prove people wrong. However, Chapple believes that fighting spirit was missing last season.

Rated "It's difficult to have a siege mentality when you've won the Championship the year before," said Chapple, whose side begin their promotion push against Worcestershire at Old Trafford on April 10 following the release of the fixtures yesterday.

"We tried to build on what we did and worked really hard. But maybe we lost a sense of where we actually were as a team.

"We'd lost a lot of senior players going into 2011 and we weren't rated by anyone outside our club.

"We had a point to prove, and we have one to prove again next year. We are in Division Two and we don't want to be there.

"That alone will give us the impetus to work hard. We're under no illusions that we failed in terms of what we wanted to achieve last season.

"That too will spur us on. We are desperate to put things right."

And Chapple knows as skipper, he is not exempt from criticism after last year's relegation. "I've got a point to prove as well because there were things I got wrong last year," he said.

"We questioned ourselves as a senior management team more than anything else because that's the thing we can change.

"Players choose to work hard to further their games because that's what they want to do.

"Obviously, the coaching staff and the leadership group play an important part in that, but players are driven. We looked at what we could have done better, the areas that we misjudged. There were a lot of things to talk through, and hopefully we've come up with a few answers."

Lancashire will play six of their home Championship matches at Old Trafford next season, with Liverpool hosting the clash against Gloucestershire, while the Red Rose return to Southport where Hampshire will be the visitors. …

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