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Stanley boss hails Edwards impact

Phil Edwards
Phil Edwards joined Accrington after being released by Wigan

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman has admitted he is delighted with the form shown by defender Phil Edwards.

The 22-year-old, who can play all across the back four, has been an ever-present for Stanley this season.

Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I couldn't pay him enough compliments. I think the last six months he has been absolutely magnificent.

"I am convinced if he was three inches bigger he would be playing in the Premier League."

He added: "He has a great work ethic both in training and in games and he has improved no end."

He is our best defender and hopefully he'll continue to be a great player for us for a long time

John Coleman
Edwards began his career with Wigan Athletic but was released in 2005 without making a senior appearance.

He will continue in the Stanley team against Wycombe on Saturday despite needing eight stitches in his knee following the 2-1 win over Shrewsbury.

Coleman said: "It was a massive blow to lose him when you are 2-0 up. He is our best defender and hopefully he'll continue to be a great player for us for a long time."



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Accrington 2-1 Shrewsbury
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Stanley sign Tranmere's Gornell
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