CHORLEY boss Matt Jansen praised his side for the ‘unbelievable’ heroics in staging the comeback to set up a tie against Marine in the next round of the FA Trophy.

The Magpies had been trailing 3-1 at the break and managed to turn around the tie to claim the win.

Jansen said: “It was fantastic. I think we were at our most dangerous when we were attacking and they play attacking football too and they gamble too.

“I am a little bit disappointed to concede the goals we did but at half-time we addressed it and said we weren’t quite sharp enough.

“But in the second half they were outstanding defensively and going forward.

“It is difficult place to come and going 3-1 down at half-time and get back to 4-3 is an outstanding result.”

Jansen heaped praise on Josh Wilson for getting on the scoresheet.

“He was outstanding and is a great finisher and a clever player.

“He did excellent to score his goals but all through the pitch we had chances galour and to fight back from 3-1 down was great.

“We believed that we were still very much in the game even at half-time and defensively we had to put right the weaknesses of the first half.

“We did really well in the second half and everybody was outstanding.

“We should not have got ourselves in that position but our comeback shows the character in the squad.”

Jansen also singled out midfielder Josh O’Keefe for praise as an ‘unsung hero’.

He said: “The stats over pre-season on the distance he covers is amazing.

“Energy wins games and his energy was second to none. He covered so much ground and not only that but he drives everyone on and then comes up with a goal is brilliant.”

Jansen was also delighted about the quality of the Magpies goals during the win - including O’Keefe’s effort.

He said: “It was a fantastic finish, but we took our goals well.

“Jason Walker’s in the first half then Josh Wilson’s and that bullet in the final moments typified it.”

The ex-Blackburn Rovers ace also defended the decision not to start with Marcus Carver.

He said: “It was just about changing people. Matty Hughes had done well too.

“I have always said it is a squad and it is about the team and not about one players, two players or even 11 players, it is about 20.

“Some players have not even travelled and everyone is going to be used and everyone is going to be needed.

“The lads know that and when they are called upon they are ready.”

The Magpies entertain Leamington Football Club in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday.