MATT Jansen praised the ‘resolute performance’ of his side after coming away from their play-off chasing rivals Stockport County with a hard earned 0-0 draw.
A solid rearguard action earned Chorley a valuable point at Edgeley Park.
The draw was worth more to the Magpies than to County who were unable to reduce the four-points’ gap which separates the teams.
And with none of their closest rivals winning, the point puts Chorley level on 59 with Salford and Kidderminster and 11 behind leaders Fylde who only managed a draw at Harrogate.
“It was a massive point for us against a good strong side,’ said Jansen. “We managed the game well and our resolute performance showed why we are where we are.”
On a heavy pitch this was never going to be a classic and so it proved with relatively few clear-cut close-range chances, though County’s shoot-on-sight policy enabled Ritchie Branagan in the Chorley goal to show his shot-stopping capabilities.
The Magpies’ dour defensive approach won them few friends among the County faithful in an excellent crowd of 4,073 and the card-count against Chorley of five yellows and a red for Kieran Charnock, after receiving a second caution in added time, was indicative of an uncompromising pursuit of a first clean-sheet in six games.
Adam Blakeman fired Chorley’s best shot on the half-hour from some 20 yards only to see it skim the bar.
At the other end, goalkeeper Branagan made two fine first half saves then distinguished himself after the break with another acrobatic save.
County continued to look the more dangerous, but the game petered out in a stalemate to the hosts’ intense frustration.
Jansen speaking after the game said: “Coming away from home if you can draw your away games and win your home ones then that is good.
“We showed the spirit, we showed the teamwork and togetherness.
“A point for us was better than a point for them because they are four behind us and we knew they were going to throw everything at us and we put our bodies on the line.
“We have got a fantastic bunch in the dressing room and great team spirit.
“There are 10 games to go and we will see where we are after that.”
Jansen admits that he cajoled his side at the interval.
He said: “I just kept them going as they play a direct style and we knew that if we could deal with that and compete for the second balls - which we did - then that is all they had to offer.”
Chorley are scheduled to take on Ashton Athletic in the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy semi-final at Leyland tonight.