Accrington manager John Coleman was not surprised to see winger Sean McConville denied what looked a clear goal in the goalless draw at Crewe.

The visitors were stunned when McConville's 13th-minute turn and shot came down off the crossbar and looked to have crossed the line only for linesman Andrew Hutchinson's flag to stay put.

Coleman said: "I couldn't see it from where I was but Sean McConville was adamant it was over the line. However, one thing my experience as a manager has taught me is to never believe anything a player tells you."

He added: "In light of what happened at Shrewsbury at the weekend (goal was awarded that didn't cross the line) it would take a brave linesman to give a goal this week.

"It's better not to give a goal rather than give a goal that doesn't exist.


"We still created lots of other chances and it was a good, spirited performance that was just lacking the goal."

Crewe manager Dario Gradi was left to rue a missed chance by Danny Shelley.

He said: "It was a good game played at a good standard and we had a go but I am happy to settle for a point. They made more chances than us and if any team was going to win it it was them so I am pleased with a point.

"Danny Shelley had our best chance but he didn't show enough conviction to score and made it too easy for the goalkeeper.

"We should be doing better than Accrington but they are doing very well with their limited resources. Our problem is the link with our two frontmen. They are very good at running at goal and scoring but they both struggle with their link-up play."

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