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GT looks forward

29 October 2013

Defence looking tight now GT want's team to chip in with goals

Graham Turner, having had time to reflect on last weekend's narrow defeat at Brentford, is now focusing all his energies on Shrewsbury Town's home clash with Sheffield United on Saturday.
The Town manager admits he is disappointed to see his team in a similar position to this time last season.
But he is encouraged by the way Shrewsbury are defending in games and now wants his side to be more clinical at the other end. 
"It's difficult to put into words the disappointment that we feel at the moment," said GT. "We're very similar to our situation last season in terms of the points. Even the goals for and goals against are very similar but obviously we would hope for an improvement over last year.
"When I look at Saturday's game it's a further indication that we were close, that we might have got something out of it. There were periods in the game when we did okay but there were periods in the game when we let it slip away from us and allowed the opposition to dominate too much.
"Once again we failed to score, which is a concern, but what I've got from last season is I've got a good work ethic in the club, a good spirit in the club, a determination to try and put things right.
"It's one of those periods where we're not conceding too many clear cut chances. This time last year Chris Weale was making four or five outstanding saves a game.
"Certainly, in the last three or four matches, he's not had the sort of saves to make he was making last year. He's had fairly quiet days.
"The defending side of it seems to have tightened up a little bit and our problem is putting the ball in the back of the net at the other end.
"The first thing is you look at strikers, everybody would, we're not getting enough goals from there, although to be fair to Tom Bradshaw, he's got five so far this season.
"I think things like set plays have got to be improved upon. You expect your central defenders to come in with the odd goal now and again, midfield players to come in with the odd goal, so it's through the team that we have to collectively create more chances and collectively score more goals.
"You can't just point the finger at the strikers although they've got their job to do."

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