Turner still aiming for automatic promotion

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Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner insisted his team can still seal an automatic promotion spot despite the frustration of being held to a goalless stalemate by Accrington.

Tom Bradshaw and James Collins both fired over from outside the penalty area while a Matt Harrold cross-shot was fumbled by Accrington keeper Alex Cisak. Ben Smith made a tremendous double save to deny Stanley's Luke Joyce and Sean McConville.

Turner said: "It was frustrating in as much the first-half performance was very poor. We looked nervy and we always looked capable of throwing in a daft one like that as we've done it previously after a few good results, but I didn't expect it."


He added: "I thought we were a lot better in the second half, took the game to Accrington and got ourselves into good positions, but didn't deliver the final ball to produce a good chance.

"We've got to accept it's not in our hands but it's not over either. Bury could go up as champions now and to do that they've got to beat Wycombe on Saturday which might open the door for us. We can only do our own thing, see whether we can take six points from the remaining two games, and just hope the other results go for us."

Accrington manager John Coleman was pleased with his side's performance at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium.

Coleman said: "I thought we were fantastic first half. We took the game to Shrewsbury and missed two good opportunities.

"Give Shrewsbury credit as they've come out second half and had a right go at us. We were poor second half and gave the ball away but we still defended well.

"The reason why we're not automatically up is because we've drawn too many away games full stop and that showed itself again, our inability to score when we're on top has plagued itself all season away from home and we don't have that problem at home which is really frustrating.

"I would say a draw was the fair result but in the past we've been miles the better team away from home and not won. If we would have won three or four of the draws we've had away from home we'd be comfortably up."

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