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Daniels hails Shrews team effort

Luke Daniels celebrates
Luke Daniels celebrates after saving Andy Bishop's penalty at Gigg Lane

Inspired on-loan keeper Luke Daniels insisted it was a team effort at Gigg Lane after Shrewsbury Town's League Two play-off semi-final victory over Bury.

The 21-year-old, on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, was Town's hero, saving a penalty in normal time and two more spot-kicks in a shoot-out.

But Daniels said: "We're all on a high. The lads have worked hard all season.

"It was all hands to the pump at the end so we're glad we managed to keep them out," he told BBC Shropshire.

Shrewsbury will now play either Gillingham or Rochdale in the play-off final at Wembley on Saturday, 23 May.

Former Manchester United trainee Daniels, who hails from just down the road at Bolton, put in an inspired performance at Gigg Lane.

And he admitted that he saw it as atonement for misjudging the lofted Neil Ashton backpass which earned Bury their late winner in last Thursday night's first leg at Oteley Road.

"On Thursday I was the villain," he said. "That's just football.

"One day you're up and one day you're down. So I'm pleased we've got through."

Daniels was at his most inspired in extra time, four times denying Bury substitute Andy Bishop, having earlier saved Phil Jevons' weak spot-kick.

He then saved two more penalties in the drama of the shoot-out from Danny Racchi and Bishop. But he was most pleased with the first of his penalty saves from Jevons.

"I guessed he was going that way," said Daniels. "And I managed to get a hand to it."

He also acknowledged the part played by Kevin McIntyre, whose late goal levelled the tie just three minutes from time and ensured that dramatic extra half hour.

"Once we scored," said Daniels, "I felt there was only going to be one winner as they looked dejected and it gave us a boost."

Daniels is due to return back to The Hawthorns after his scheduled appearance for Town at Wembley on 23 May.



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