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Telford United 1 Accrington Stanley 0

ACCRINGTON Stanley slipped to their fourth successive loss with boss John Coleman once again cursing his side's luck.

ACCRINGTON Stanley slipped to their fourth successive loss with boss John Coleman once again cursing his side's luck.

A disputed free kick by sub Scott Green - who had only been on the pitch four minutes - was deflected into the net off the Stanley wall in the 66th minute.

Telford's Michael Blackwood was lively but Paul Cook also came close for the Reds with two fierce drives which the keeper did well to push away.

"As Graeme Souness says, I feel like I have done something to a witch," said
the deflated Coleman.

"We are having no luck at all in front of goal and then they go and score from a free kick which wasn't even one in the first place."

This was after Blackwood was judged to have been fouled by the Stanley defence 20 yards out - although they did seem to be get the ball.

"We have just got to keep plugging away - we showed a lot of character but it just isn't going our way," continued the Reds chief.

Coleman made changes bringing in keeper Jamie Speare following Jon Kennedy's mistake midweek, dropping striker Lutel James to the bench as he failed to start his first Conference game this season, Paul Howarth made a start at right midfield while Jonathan Smith got the nod in the centre of defence.

"We just tried to freshen things up and the lads have all done well - I can't fault them. I am pleased with the performance, we worked hard, but it is just not happening for us at the moment. We didn't get the point we deserved."

Telford were the first side to "do the double" over the Reds - Stanley suffered their worst loss of the season, 5-1, at the Interlink to Mick Jones' side.