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"It's one of those testing periods."

8 November 2012

GT believes teams fortunes will turn soon

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner believes his team's fortunes will turn as he looks ahead to Saturday's visit to Leyton Orient.
He admits Town have found it tough in recent weeks but stressed he is confident that results will start to pick up.    
"There's no doubt we're finding life difficult in the first division at the moment," said the boss. "It's something I didn't see coming with the early season form and the points we should have picked up.
"There were times we hit the woodwork, all those sort of things. We might have had another half dozen points on the board but we haven't and it's one of those testing periods for us."
Graham added: "What we haven't got to do is browbeat the players into submission because they're the same players that kicked the season off and some of them are the same players who did well last season for us.
"There has to be the same sort of determination, application, that we had early season and it will turn for us, I've no doubt about that.
"But it's players doing their jobs, having the confidence do that, manning up and getting out there and going to do what they're capable of."
Graham revealed Luke Summerfield is on course to be available for the game at Orient after being forced to miss his first game of the season owing to illness at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.
"Luke's going to train this morning," he said. "He's still a bit groggy but he's wanted to train and get some work under his belt. It was very unfortunate for him as I think he's been one of our better players this season.
"He's been a big influence in midfield and it was in unfortunate circumstances, a couple of hours before the match, that it was decided he wasn't fit.
"He had been sick and strangely enough Terry Gornell is missing training with the same symptoms and they've been sharing a car.
"Mark Wright is the other one in the car so we've just got to monitor him and make sure he's okay."

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