Neill Byrne has paid tribute to AFC Fylde goalkeeper Sam Hornby for his recent displays between the sticks.

The 24-year-old has enjoyed a fine run of form since coming back into the starting line-up in place of the injured James Montgomery.

Hornby, on loan from League Two side Bradford City until next month, has kept three consecutive clean sheets for the Coasters.

It has been central to Fylde’s recent turnaround in form, which has seen them win their last three on the spin.

And centre-half Byrne believes Hornby has been key to Fylde’s defensive improvements since Jim Bentley took charge at Mill Farm.

“We’re a lot more solid as a defensive unit, not just the defence, the midfield or the forwards. Everybody is working hard,” Byrne said.

“We’ve got Jordan Williams up there, who I thought was brilliant in the FA Cup game against Kingstonian, working his socks off.

“As a defence we want to keep clean sheets and Sam Hornby helped us by making some great saves.”

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