CHORLEY FC boss Matt Jansen praised the fans who made the trip to Lincolnshire to watch his side win 2-0 against Gainsborough Trinity.

The victory helped the Magpies to joint second in the Vanarama National League North table only behind Darlington on goal difference.

Jansen said: “The fans were great and got behind us and sang all the way through and that really helps when they come to give support to the lads.

“I know it is the old saying of the 12th man but if they get behind us, it gives us a little bit extra.”

Jansen believes that the visitors held their nerve to bring back all three points.

He said: “I thought we controlled large parts of the game.

“It was a little bit of a battle and was a tough encounter and they were quite physical.

“We stood up to it and on the balance of play we deserved the win.

“We came out and said we need to grind teams down and got what we deserved an d went 1-0 up.

“It finally fell for us in the box and Dale (Whitham) was in the right place and right time and stuck it away nicely.

“Then (there was) a great finish by Alex (Samizadeh), who came on and showed what he could do.

“It got a bit frayed at times and we just had to keep our heads and stand up to them.

“They (Gainsborough) are unbeaten in six here - I think they have won five and drawn one - so it is a tough place to come.

“They were a threat going forward but we stood up to that and it is nice to keep another clean sheet.

“All the lads were fantastic and put a shift in and am proud of them.”

Jansen was impressed by the contributions of his new signing s Samizadeh and defender Nathan Sheron from Fleetwood.

The 39-year-old boss said: “Adam is a goalscorer and I watched him at Bolton and have seen lots of video footage of him.

“He plays off the shoulder and is only a young lad after only turning 18.

“He has an explosive burst from a standing start and he can finish.

“I thought Nathan was outstanding and he showed a very professional performance for such a young lad and he is a similar age to Alex.

“He won all of his headers, his distribution was good and tackles was good and was brave.”

Chorley take on Gloucester City on Saturday at Victory Park at 3pm .

Jansen added: “They are a top side and they are right up there in the mix so it is a massive game for us but we are at home and if we put on a performance like we did against Gainsborough then we should be okay.

“There is a buzz in the changing room and it is fantastic they all stick together and get on with each other and that will continue.”