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GT happy with experience in Town side

19 February 2013

Rob Edwards and Chris Porter add a little more experience to the squad

Graham Turner has welcomed the experience he now has to call on with Rob Edwards and Chris Porter, who have both played plenty of games at a higher level, enjoying impressive debuts in Friday's 2-0 victory at Tranmere.
 
Porter, drafted in on loan from Sheffield United, took just 10 minutes to find the net in a Town shirt while former Wales international defender Edwards, borrowed from Barnsley, helped Shrewsbury keep a clean sheet.  
 
"There's a massive amount of experience in there now," said the manager. "When you look at the side now we have in quite a number of positions a fair amount of experience of football at a higher level so going to Prenton Park on a Friday night in front of 9,000 people shouldn't bother any of them.

"And with the games to come, with that experience at this stage of the season it could be vital.

"It was just the timing of when Rob went in. He's obviously a very experienced player and he dealt with everything very comfortably.

"It was made easier for us with them going down to 10 men but you look at the situation and Joe Jacobson was very fortunate with the tackle that led to the sending off.

"He's missing training now and his ankle's really swollen - and there's four big stud marks across it.

"I think Tranmere felt it was a little bit unfortunate and it should have been a yellow card. Some referees would have give it. But I know the damage caused to Joe's ankle is quite severe."
 
GT added the result at Tranmere, Town's third win in five away matches, had lifted spirits considerably at the Greenhous Meadow.
 
"It was a relief to get the three points," he said. "Circumstances in the game made it slightly easier for us with them going down to 10 men early on but we still had to pass it, we still had to score and we still had to win the game.
 
"I thought we did everything that was asked of us. We kept the ball extremely well and it was probably our best passing performance for some time.
 
"We created quite a number of chances, particularly later in the game, as you would expect against 10 men, but overall we've got to be pleased with the manner in which we played and the tempo we played at which was important. We kept the ball on the move.
 
"We've seen it often enough that 10 men have beaten 11 but we made sure that didn't happen at Prenton Park on Friday and it was a very welcome three points."


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