CHORLEY boss Matt Jansen was delighted with the Magpies’ ‘outstanding’ performance in beating one of their promotion rivals Harrogate Town 1-0 on Saturday.

It was just another reason for the Victory Park club to celebrate as the ex-Blackburn Rovers player picked up the Vanarama National North Manager ofthe month award for September.

Speaking after watching his side picking up their eighth clean sheet in 13 games, Jansen said: “I told the lads at half-time it was one of their best performances (of the season).

“They showed character to bounce back from the disappointment of losing against Spennymoor.

“I wanted a reaction and I got one. They were brilliant from start to finish and everyone put a shift in.

“They are a quality side who are sitting second in the league but made them look amateurish by dominating the game.”

Despite all their dominance the Magpies had to wait until the 76th minute to break the deadlock.

But Jansen believed they would get the goal.

“You have got to believe the goal will come if you have that much pressure and that many chances and eventually it should come, “ he said.

“But sometimes you can lose against the run of play like we did against Darlington but we got what we deserved.

“It could have been more and should have been but we got the three points.”

Jansen was impressed with his front men especially in the build-up to winning the penalty.

He said: “Jason (Walker) was outstanding he is such a clever player and then Sefton (Gonzales) won a fantastic flick-on and then it was a blatant penalty and Blakes (Adam Blakeman) stepped up.

“We are a bit nervous at the minute with penalties but he felt confident to take it.

“If someone wants to step up to take a penalty I am happy for them to take it. He stepped up and it was an excellent penalty and scored.”

Despite grabbing the goal, Chorley still had to work hard to get the three points.

Jansen added: “”They chucked eight or nine men forward and left themselves vulnerable at the back and for the last corner they put the keeper forward but we weathered the storm.

“I am so happy with the manager of the month award and it was not a jinx,

“I could not pick a man of the match it was every single player.

“Sefton was picked as man of the match and if I am honest I gave him a hard time for s game against Spennymoor.

“I said to him is that all I want him to do is work hard and he is an outstanding player and all he needs to do is believe in himself and he can go higher and higher.”

n Chorley travel to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.