Date: 20th April 2007 at 9:49pm
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Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has hailed his captain Peter Cavanagh, saying he was one of the reasons for the late season revival.

The Liverpool born defender spent four months out with a knee injury from, during which time Stanley only won 3 games in 16 League Two games.

Cavanagh returns and we have won 4 in 7. Tell you anything? He is the rock in our backline, without him we have been shambolic at times.

‘I think he’s made a massive difference to us,’ Coleman said speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph.

‘Personally, I think he’s one of the best attacking right backs in the league.

‘He gives us that balance and he’s a good defender as well. And I think it’s been no coincidence that our upturn in home form has coincided with him coming back.’

A win or draw at Gay Meadow against Shrewsbury Town would spell safety for Stanley, and Coleman admits that clean sheets on the road are vital. It has only been achieved once on the road this season, that came against relegated Torquay United.

‘We have been defending better, although we haven’t had a clean sheet away from home for what seems like an eternity. Maybe we can do that tomorrow,’ he continued.

‘When you look at the table it’s horrible reading the goals we’ve conceded.

‘I’d say half of them have been absolutely diabolical goals as well, and that’s something that we have to address – certainly next season, if we are in this league, it’s something that can’t continue.

‘We’re trying to defend better.

‘A lot of the goals we’ve conceded this season have been down to individual errors and we’ve got to eliminate them.

‘I think we’re amongst the top three or four for goals scored. But if you look at all the teams near the top you have to get a healthy plus goal difference.

‘Goal difference at the end can win you a league or promotion. The top teams all have a healthy goal difference, ours is negative. It’s the first time it’s been negative since I came here. That’s not nice.

‘You’d swap some of the goals that you scored to be able to half the goals you’ve conceded.’

‘Our home form has taken a remarkable upturn. We have to now transfer that to away.’