Chris Neal sees defence as key to Shrewsbury Town promotion

Chris Neal
Neal started as a teenager with Preston

Shrewsbury goalkeeper Chris Neal has praised his side's strong defensive work as key to pushing the club to automatic promotion from League Two.

Neal ousted Ben Smith from the side earlier this season, and has kept seven clean sheets in the last 10 games.

"[Manager] Graham Turner has emphasised not conceding so we're doing pretty well," Neal told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"But it's not just me - I have to keep the back four on their toes, and we're defending well from the front too."

Shrewsbury are fourth in League Two, one place and one point off the automatic promotion places - and after their two recent play-off disappointments are desperate to go straight up.

"That's what we all want," Neal said.

"We're not looking behind us at teams who we know will pick up points.

"We've just got to concentrate on our own games and keep getting the results.

"We're looking to get into the top three and stay there until the end of the season."