Dennis Greene praised his Boston United battlers as they left Chorley with a goalless draw in their play-off semi-final first leg.
United’s defence spent the night dealing with the Magpies’ aerial bombardment, but they kept their fifth clean sheet in seven contests to give the Pilgrims a good chance of booking their place in the Vanarama North’s play-off final.
Apart from James Dean’s wayward effort, following keeper Max Stryjeck’s miscued clearance, the hosts found the away defence a tough nut to crack.
And Greene was full of praise, stating: “That was the only opportunity they had.
“As much as they bashed the ball down our throats all night they haven’t had a shot on goal and that’s encouraging going into the second leg.
“The ball doesn’t spend much time on the grass when you’re playing Chorley, so you have to battle for everything.
“But they were men tonight, they stood up and were counted against a giant of a side.”
United are hoping they can now do the business when they host Chorley in the second leg on Saturday (KO 3pm).
However, Greene was amazed his side didn’t earn an away advantage after close-range efforts from Kaine Felix, Mark Jones and Dayle Southwell failed to find the target.
The manager, however, did suggest the bobbly Victory Park pitch played its part.
He continued: “On reflection, how we didn’t win 3-0 I dont know.
“The chances got easier and easier. But it (the result) puts us in good stead.
“The pitch is awful isn’t it, its so bobby. It was just difficult.”