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22 September 2012

Graham Turner's thoughts after the 2-2 draw at Hartlepool

Graham Turner was naturally disappointed that Shrewsbury didn't collect all three points from their first visit to Victoria Park in six years and left ruing missed chances again.

That is five points now that we've thrown away with late goals. It is just a collectivity of determination to make sure we don't concede and we've been too fragile against Tranmere, Notts County and again today. We could have actually made it 3-1, we had a couple of very good chances and even had the end Marvin might have got the winner but you can't concede goal like we've done after taking the lead so late in the game.

The one that Paul Parry hit the outside of the post with is a good opportunity for someone of his ability and Mark Wright failed to hit the target. We've not played well, but we've worked hard against a very direct side. It looked like we were going to come away with all three points so it's bitterly disappointing and it's something we've got to work on to put right - that collectiveness to make sure we don't concede when we're in the lead with minutes to go.

I don't think it's just Marvin Morgan's goals (that are pleasing), I think it's the fact he's working tremendously hard. And the fact that he's working hard is the reason he's creating chances at times. He's a handful for any central defender and I think he's doing extremely well at the moment.

(On defending): We did better in the second half. Once or twice in first half we were caught out of positions and for the goal for example, wrong people were marking and the wrong people were attacking the ball so we should have adjusted on that. But we did work hard to contain it; he (Steve Howard) is a handful and a very experienced player and a lot of their stuff goes through him so if we'd have kept it down to one we'd have been delighted, two goals and we're a little bit disappointed.

I think there are some points that have got away and there are some good performances where we haven't got what we've deserved, Tranmere and Sheffield United are two examples. But we've got to maintain that, players can be a little bit fragile with confidence and we've got to maintain the belief that we are good enough to be a top half of the table side. On another day we might have come away with the three points that would have helped our cause today.

I'm not sure that it was a case of us being more street-wise in the last few minutes as they didn't have to play through us, they just launched it. So we think about could we have closed it a bit further up the pitch but when a big part of their play is knocking it long it didn't give us much opportunity to close. And every time it went in there, there's always a chance he'd (Steve Howard) get a flick on and that it would fall to one of their players. It's the second ball that's the important one, he's not going to score from where he's competing for it, it's making sure that we deal with the second one and we didn't.

I think it was not the best of times to come here when they've just lost 5-0 at Preston and you read the programme notes and the local newspaper and there's that collective determination from them and the pride issue to bounce back from a 5-0 defeat. So we thought that they might start quick, we thought they'd work tremendously hard and they did cause us one or two problems but we've handled most things.

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