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Tam: "That's unbeaten in three now"

3 March 2014

Mkandawire disappointed not to take 3 points but pleased with performance

Shrewsbury Town captain Tamika Mkandawire has urged his team-mates to continue their mini-revival after Sunday's goal-less draw at Coventry extended the unbeaten run to three matches.

Town had numerous opportunities to beat the Sky Blues at Sixfields but failed to take their chances. And while  Mkandawire felt his side deserved more than a draw, he insists it could be an important result in Town's efforts to avoid the drop from League One.

"We feel a bit aggrieved and should have won the game," said the former Millwall defender. "We had the better chances, but it was a solid performance and a point is better than none. If you'd have said to us when we were two-nil down after 12 minutes at Notts County last week that we'd go on to take four points from those two away games, we'd have bitten your hand off. It's a good point, and could be important at the end of the season."

Town now face back-to-back home games inside four days against two of their fellow relegation rivals, with Bristol City and Crawley Town due to travel to the Greenhous Meadow.

"That's unbeaten in three now, so we're building" he said. "There are a lot of games coming up so we need to take the confidence from these last three matches into March. It's a gradual building process and we can't get too excited about winning last week or be too disappointed about not beating Coventry. We came from two-nil down to win against Notts which was outstanding and kept another clean sheet against Coventry."

Mkandawire, voted player of the year by Millwall fans in his first season at the New Den, says his experience of playing higher up the footballing ladder will come in handy for the remaining 13 matches. 

"It's a young squad and they bring great enthusiasm," he said. "The older heads like Paul Parry, Chris Weale and myself will help them along. The likes of Connor Goldson, Ryan Woods and Jon Taylor are all good enough to play at this level, they're all quality and have a massive part to play."

Mkandawire also praised the contribution of central-defensive colleague Goldson, who returned from a loan spell at League Two side Cheltenham Town earlier this season.

"With Connor, he was playing right back before he left," he said. "That's not his position. He's got all the assets to be a great centre-half. Being in that position it's about being solid which he has been in the games he's played."

The Town skipper also admitted it was "strange" playing Coventry at Sixfields, the home of Northampton Town. 

"It was very different to playing at the Ricoh Arena - I played there a few years ago," he said. "Coventry is a massive club so playing in front of just under 2000 is shocking."

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