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Woods "The result was a massive point"

2 February 2014

Ryan believes Saturday's result will be a big lift ahead of Sheffield game

Defender Ryan Woods has hailed Saturday's "massive point" against League One leaders Brentford, as Shrewsbury Town prepare for one of their biggest games of the season next weekend.

With time almost up at the Greenhous Meadow, on-loan striker Tom Eaves rattled in an unstoppable equaliser to halt the Bees winning run, and earn his first goal since November. It was also the first time Town had found the net at home in more than 10 hours of football.

Woods says it was no more than Shrewsbury deserved, and they'll go to second-bottom Sheffield United on Saturday confident of inflicting defeat on Nigel Clough's side.

"The result was a massive point, and a massive lift - you could see with the celebrations at the end of the game," said Woods, impressive again at right-back.

"We were all buzzing in the changing room afterwards and now we want to kick on for Saturday."

Woods was also unhappy at the award of a penalty for Brentford, when captain Tamika Mkwandawire was penalised for bringing down Alan Judge in the area. Striker Marcello Trotta tucked in the rebound after Chris Weale saved his initial spot-kick to give the visitors a second half lead.

"It all happened so quickly," said Woods. "I spoke to Alan Judge at the end and he said he got a nick on the ball before Tam, but from where I was, it wasn't a penalty."

For Mike Jackson it was a first point since taking charge and Woods says the caretaker-manager has installed more confidence within the squad.

"The spirit and belief has come from Jacko," said Woods. "He believes in us and we all believe in ourselves. To draw with the league leaders shows what a good team we can be. He gives us a lot of information  on the team we're playing, it's very organised. Everything is about belief and enthusiasm and everyone wants to play. We're going to Sheffield United with our heads held high and three points in mind."

Woods has been one of Shrewsbury main plus points this season, clocking up 28 appearances in blue-and-amber after emerging from the Town youth team.

"I came into season hopefully looking for 10-15 games either starting or coming from off the bench," said Woods. "Hopefully I'm repaying the faith shown in me by Graham Turner and now Jacko. I enjoyed playing midfield against MK Dons and Rotherham recently but I'm not fussed where I play, just as long as I'm in the team."

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