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Fans were superb: Coley

30 April 2016

John Coleman praised the 580 fans who cheered Stanley to a 1-0 victory which means promotion is in their hands with one game to go.

Mark Hughes scored the winner at Wycombe on 78 minutes and now it's all down to Stevenage at home next Saturday in the final match of the season.

"The fans deserve a lot of praise, not just today but all season, as the organisers like Ash Seed have played a big part," said Coleman.

"The fans were magnificent today, even before kick off as the reception we got when we arrived at the ground brought a tear to my eye.

"They gave up their time and cash to come and it was fantastic and I hope it's the same atmosphere next week."

Coleman praised his team as they made it 11 games unbeaten and five away wins on the spin - but with Oxford and Bristol Rovers winning it means the two final automatic promotion places won't be decided although Stanley are in pole position to go up with Northampton.

"I am delighted for the players but it is a little bit flat as everyone else won," said the Reds boss.

"We knew we had to win today and we knew at half-time that the other teams were winning and then, with 15 minutes to go, it was still 0-0.

"It was vital we got the goal but I am sure even the most ardent Wycombe fan wouldn't begrudge us the win as their keeper was fantastic and we could have three or four penalties.

"We have not sulked or let our heads go down when things haven't gone for us and I think we got what we deserved on the day.

"I fancied Mark Hughes to score as I said yesterday that he usually gets one a season. He was due one and he popped up with one.

"It's in our hands, we have got 84 points and that in itself is a remarkable achievement and now we just have to finish it off."


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