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"I don't think we can believe we lost"

26 January 2014

Asa Hall enjoying life back at Shrewsbury Town

Midfielder Asa Hall says caretaker-manager Mike Jackson has brought a "buzz" to the Shrewsbury Town team, despite Saturday's three-one defeat at Swindon.

Jackson, in charge for the first time, saw his side create a catalogue of chances in the second half, with Hall closer than anyone to finding the net when his header smacked against the crossbar.

"I don't think we can quite believe we lost," said Hall, back at the Greenhous Meadow after a loan stint at Oxford United. "The two goals at the end came out of the blue but I think the performance was a boost. We put some real graft in."

Tom Eaves, Paul Parry and Jon Taylor all saw opportunities go begging at the County Ground, with Town dominating large chunks of the second half.

"I just couldn't quite get over the ball on my chance," he said. "I thought I'd scored and as soon as it hit the bar, I couldn't believe it. Their 'keeper pulled off some great saves and we had loads of chances."

Hall says the squad have enjoyed life under Jackson so far, following the departure of Graham Turner last week. And with a long trip to Colchester United on Tuesday evening, Hall is confident a more attack minded approach will eventually reap rewards.

"The last few days training have been very good," enthused Hall. "There has been a real buzz around the team and changing room. The gaffer has changed a few things about, it's shorter and sharper. He wanted us to push the ball and show more pressure higher up the pitch and I think we did that against Swindon. We had crosses in the box and shots on goal. The result was devastating as we're desperate to pick up points. Our performance will give us the confidence to go to Colchester with our chests out to get some points."

Hall remains open minded on his future after Turner made him available for transfer when he returned from the Kassam Stadium.

"It's been strange as I didn't want to leave the club when I did," he said.  "To be back is really nice and I want to stay in the team, get a few goals and make us safe. I'm not sure what the situation is with my future but I want to stay here."

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