Yeovil manager Gary Johnson hailed top scorer Paddy Madden as "the best striker in the league" after the Irishman inspired his side to a crucial 2-1 win over Shrewsbury.

Madden notched his 23rd goal of the npower League One campaign after Stephen McGinn cancelled out strike-partner James Hayter's early penalty to fire the Somerset side into third. Johnson was full of praise for Madden and could not hide his delight after the Glovers cemented their place in the play-off spots.

He said: "We're in a great position and have consolidated our position in the play-offs. It's given us a nice little buffer, and with four games left, it's credit to the boys to be in such an excellent position. We're still chasing the top two.

"Paddy deserves what he gets because of his work rate. It was a great strike and he is a constant threat. He is very keen to make sure the team in which he plays wins, so he's a fantastic competitor. He has been by far the best striker in the league this season, and his goal was an important one to put us back in front.

"People have started expecting us to win now and that is a different pressure, but I can certainly handle it. We're third in the league, so now have to be careful. There's still four games to go, but we're pleased to consolidate our place in the play-offs. We saw the game out and ended up with a fantastic result for our club."

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner slammed referee Oliver Langford's decision to award a first-half penalty against his side.

He said: "It's a huge disappointment. We started the game well and the referee gave a penalty which surprised everyone. I don't even think any of their players appealed.

"We were shocked that the decision went against us but we've got previous with the referee as he erroneously sent Dave McAllister off last time we had him. I don't think anybody could believe the decision he made.

"If a ball is fired or headed against someone who is only a foot away there's no chance to get your hands out of the way. There's no deliberate handball there. In the second half we had a real good go, played well and moved the ball around. I think we've got to take some positives from the level of our second-half performance.

"We pushed them onto the back foot, caused them some anxious moments and silenced the crowd. We worked the ball into some great positions on a number of occasions. We're bitterly disappointed not to come away with something, but the referee has had an influence on the game. We won't be happy until we're over the 50-point mark, and then we'll breathe a bit easier."