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McAllister - "It's a massive win"

23 February 2014

Macca pleased with first goal in over a year and with 3 points

Midfielder David McAllister has targeted more goals in the season run-in to help ensure League One survival for Shrewsbury Town.

The Irishman put the seal on a sensational comeback at Notts County on Saturday with the winning goal in a dramatic three-two victory, after Town trailed two-nil with 13 minutes played.

"It was my first goal in nearly a year, so it's been a while," admitted McAllister. "My last one was at Walsall so it's a great feeling. I'd love to get a few more between now and the end of the season.

"I'm getting a bit of stick from the lads. Some are saying it's come off my shin, others are saying I've tackled it into the goal! Tom Eaves headed it across, and there was a bit of confusion with the 'keeper and I just followed it in and thankfully it ended up in the back of the net."

With Town two-one down at half time, the 25 year old admitted caretaker-manager Mike Jackson had some strong words for his players, especially after Notts had James Spencer sent off just before the break.

"Jacko said at half time that some of us looked like we were waiting to be beaten," he said. "That probably was the case. We were thrown a lifeline with the sending off and then started to show a bit of fight. Once we did that, it shows there's no-one we can't beat in this league. The likes of Jon Taylor and Tom Eaves are unplayable when they're playing like that."

Taylor's two goals - his second a wonderful curling effort into the corner - set Town on their way, and was the perfect response from the winger after being left out of the starting line-up against Port Vale a week earlier.

"He had a bit of a sting in his tale after last week and wanted to prove a point," said McAllister. "They were two great finishes, the second one I was right behind and it was over the 'keeper's hand - an unbelievable strike."

The result came 24 hours after Shrewsbury announced that Jackson was to stay in charge until the end of the season. 

"The lads are delighted with that news," said McAllister. "He's watched a lot of teams in this league and knows how to beat them. He knows how to set us up and if we can do what he says, we'll get a few more points on the board."

With most other teams around Shrewsbury picking up points on Saturday, the win at Meadow Lane was vital although it still leaves Town three points from safety. Now McAllister has called on his team-mates to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time this season, when Town travel to face Coventry City at Sixfields on Sunday.

"It's a massive win, our first since New Years Day," he said. "To do it in Jacko's first game in charge is great and hopefully we can kick on from this now. It's a great feeling in the dressing room.

We're chuffed to get the three points.  We'll have a chance to see what the results are on the Saturday and see what we have to do a day later.  I believe 100% we can get out of this. We've got 14 games left, we have to believe."


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