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24 August 2013

Quality of goals delights boss in stubborn Millers draw

Graham Turner praised his side’s attacking creativity and solid resistance to Rotherham’s long-ball game as Town earned a 2-2 draw at the New York Stadium.

The Shrews twice took the lead through Jon Taylor’s header and Tom Bradshaw’s poachers effort, but the Millers fought back to snatch a point in an entertaining tie.

“I felt there were passages of play where we played very well,” said Turner. 

“It looked like we could create chances and it looked like we could score. I was pleased with us when we had the ball, but not often enough did we look to get in and pass it.

“We knew there would be a problem with their long balls into our box. I thought for the majority of the game we dealt reasonably well with the players that can be a handful, but obviously we got caught two or three times from the big kick outs and the set play which was disappointing.”

Neat passing moves paved the way for Town to net either side of half-time, but Turner was also disappointed at the manner of Rotherham’s second equaliser coming from a set piece.

“The fact that he got free was frustrating. The substitute that had just come on, we should’ve been bright enough to have seen him and dealt with him.

“[Jon’s goal] was terrific. We can do that, we can pass the ball as well as anybody in this league but maybe we’re a bit naïve now and again and don’t always appreciate all the time we’ve got on the ball. 

“The second goal wasn’t bad either, but overall there were one or two passages of play where we opened them up and really played well in little patches.”

Summing up the result ahead of Coventry’s visit to the Greenhous Meadow next weekend, Turner admitted his initial feeling is of disappointment at not sealing victory, but suggested in hindsight that a point is a good result.

“There is a lot of room for encouragement from the level of our play. The movement was very good, the pace that we played at, and the creating of chances. Overall we’ve got to be pleased with the point, but initially, it’s a feeling of disappointment.”

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