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3 October 2012

Graham Turner's thoughts after the draw away to Brentford

Graham Turner spoke to the press following Shrewsbury's 0-0 draw at Griffin Park on Tuesday evening.  Whilst he was pleased with the display from his side, he felt that they should have taken all three points from the game, especially after the referee withdrew his decision to award a penalty late in the second half:"It should have been more, it should have been the three points.  I thought that we broke well, had a number of chances, the goalkeeper has made one or two good saves, we've hit the bar again and it was rather strange for the referee to give a penalty.  I think that he was closer than the linesman was and after consulting the linesman he's changed his mind.  I've already been in to see him and I don't want to relay what's been said in the confines of the dressing room but sufficient to say we are particularly annoyed with the changing of mind, it was an incredible situation.

"I think the rules are if the player's hands are in an unnatural position then you give it and when your hands are up above your head how unnatural can that be?!  We are bitterly disappointed that we've not gone home with all three points.

"I thought we were solid defensively, we looked a lot better, didn't concede too many chances and I think that Chris (Weale) has had a fairly quiet day, we have pushed up more and caught Brentford offside a time or two.  I think their best efforts were after we caught them offside so we've done well in that respect and the whole team defended well, played better as individuals and as a result the collective performance was a lot better than it was on Saturday.

There was the one change to the starting line-up with Michael Hector dropping down to the bench with Mark Wright coming back into the starting 11: "Lee Collins' best position is probably a central defender and I felt that we needed a change there and a bit more experience going into a game like this and I think Lee has done extremely well as a left-sided centre half.

The changes to the team saw Town keep a clean sheet and in part back-up the managers changes to the starting line-up:"I think that generally we've done quite well this season and not had the results our performances have warranted.  But the base for any successful side is not letting teams score against us and keeping clean sheets and we've done that tonight.  We've conceded very few chances in most of the games, Saturday was probably a bit of an exception but generally we've defended well and missed our own chances.  We were breaking on a number of occasions with men over and perhaps we should have done better with that but in the end coming to Brentford on a Tuesday night, who aren't a bad team, it is a welcome point but under the circumstances we feel aggrieved that it should have been three.

Terry Gornell came on early in the first half and again had a good game, had a shot well save and hit the woodwork but couldn't get the goal he deserves:"It is one of those periods for Terry Gornell that strikers sometimes go through.  Some strikers get a goal off someone's backside or the back of their heads.  He's getting into good positions and it's just not going in for him but it'll change.  

Wolves loanee Sam Winnell came off early in the first half and after the game the game GT confirmed that it looks like a hamstring problem:”"It's a hamstring injury for Sam Winnell, we don't know yet how serious it is but the fact that he's come off would suggest that he's a doubt for the next couple of games.  It's very unfortunate for Sam but what it's done is revved Terry up again and it'll give him an opportunity to re-establish himself.

"I keep repeating that we should have had three points and that would have taken the pressure off for Saturday and we could relax and pass the ball a bit better.  But I have to say in periods tonight I saw the passing come back into our game, and good movement and that's an encouraging sign."

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