Dave McAllister happy to be back but disappointed not to get a win
By Matt Johnson
New signing Dave McAllister admitted Town should’ve had enough to secure victory against League One’s bottom club after making his second debut for the Shrews.
After signing a two-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Sheffield United on Tuesday, McAllister went straight into the starting XI for the 1-1 Hartlepool draw, but couldn’t power Town on to what would have been a vital three points.
“The lads are disappointed in there,” said McAllister. “We had a few chances in the game that could’ve gone in, but I think we’ll look at it as two points dropped rather than one gained.
“We were expecting to win ourselves as players but it just didn’t happen on the day, but as the lads just said in the changing room, the unbeaten streak goes on.”
Town failed to test the Pools rearguard throughout the second half until the final few minutes when several chances went begging, particularly Tom Bradshaw’s effort that cracked the underside of the bar, but McAllister highlights the failure to double the lead in the first as the catalyst for the visitors’ comeback.
“Bradders could’ve scored yeah and Summers had a good header as well. It was a good save by their keeper and on another day it could’ve gone in, but we needed to push on more in the first half where we could’ve got a second goal and killed the game off, but we didn’t do it and they’ve taken their opportunity to get back in it.”
After enjoying a successful loan spell at Greenhous Meadow last season, McAllister revealed his delight at being back on the Town books and is looking forward to helping the club push forward.
“I am delighted to be back. I was in and out of the team at Sheffield United, so to come here and try and get a few games now and really kick will be great. It was my first 90 minutes in a good few weeks, so I’ll look forward now to the next couple.”
Back the lads for the next home game v Bury. Sat 26 Jan, 3pm.