STANLEY boss John Coleman praised his defence following this afternoon’s win against Bolton Wanderers.

Tommy Leigh scored the decisive goal midway through the first half, heading home after Bolton had been undone by a long ball.

At the other end, Eoin Doyle, Declan John and Adam Senior all wasted big chances for Ian Evatt’s men.

Coleman admits his side rode their luck at times in the first half but felt they restricted Bolton to few chances after the break.

“We had a little bit of luck in the first half. Toby (Savin) has made a great save and they’ve missed a couple of chances you’d expect them to take,” said the Stanley chief.

“It was a good game – both teams trying to win. A little bit nervy on the back of recent results, I suppose.

“Second half, we showed a different side that I haven’t seen from us this season for a full half. We kept them at arm’s length and defended really well.

“We competed for every ball fairly – even the lads who were on bookings didn’t pull out of any challenges.

“Consequently, we kept a very dangerous Bolton side at bay and they didn’t really hurt us in the second half.

“Our defence has been much maligned, so we have to give them the praise that they deserve.”

But it wasn’t all good news for Coleman, with captain Seamus Conneely and Joel Mumbongo set for spells on the sidelines.

“Harry (Pell) is sick, so that shouldn’t be too long. But two big blows for us this week,” he said.

“Seamus carried on (against Wimbledon) and possibly shouldn’t have. You don’t know when the damage was done so we can’t lay too much blame on that.

“We’ve got to be mindful of him and he’ll probably be out for four or five weeks.

“Joel was a big one – he slipped over in training and he’s torn his knee ligament, so he’s probably going to be out for the season.

“It’s a shame for Burnley as well as us. He’s a smashing lad and my heart goes out to him.”