Coleman targets play-offs

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Manager John Coleman saluted Accrington's impressive display as they saw off Hereford 4-0 and then called upon his side to give it their all over their remaining eight games in a bid to claim a play-off spot.

Stanley's dominant triumph over the Bulls at the Crown Ground moved them to within three points of fifth-placed Stevenage while they have a game in hand on each of the five clubs above them in the play-off race.

"We were smashing. I was really pleased with the show as we kept going right until the end," said Coleman. "We have eight games left and it is going to be difficult. You can call them cup finals or Grand National hurdles but all we can do is hang in there and give it our best shot.''

He added: "We started off on the front foot and took our chances. Three-nil at half-time and we are in a great position. I was relieved to get the fourth and then we could see the game out.

"We have competition all over now and have a really good squad here. You won't see a better goal than Sean McConville's in League Two this season and that will live with him a long time."


Hereford boss Jamie Pitman acknowledged Stanley's class on the night but also felt his side were their own worst enemy at times.

The defeat leaves the Bulls' position unchanged at the wrong end of League Two - nine points clear of the drop zone albeit now with only one game in hand over 23rd-placed Barnet.

"You have to give credit to Accrington as they played well but individual errors are costing us,'' he said. "Their third goal was a great strike by the lad and you can't do a lot about that but that has killed the game off at 3-0.

"Our keeper Adam Bartlett has made a mistake for the fourth but you can't dwell on it as he kept us in the game last weekend with some great saves.

"We have to move on and not dwell on this result. We have been under pressure all season and it's no different now. We need to make sure we play better than we have done here, though. I believe I have got a good enough squad.''

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