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Lawrence: I Was Nervous Taking The Penalty

3 November 2014

Captain delighted to convert winning spot-kick

Captain Liam Lawrence's 95th-minute penalty at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday meant Shrewsbury Town dramatically earned a 2-1 win - despite being down to ten men.

Town came from behind to equalise through Andy Mangan before Lawrence kept his nerve to secure all three points, and the midfielder admitted he was nervous as he stepped up to the spot.

“I was tired, I had made a lot of forward runs so I took an extra minute to stand and compose myself to get my breath," admitted Lawrence.

“Your always nervous, it doesn’t matter if it is in training or if it's in front of 60,000 people, well I am anyway, its just the way I am."

But the 32-year-old also heaped praise on Town forward Andy Mangan, who came off the bench to score for a second time within a week.

“He keeps doing it, he has that knack of getting on the end of things and getting goals," said Lawrence.

“If we can get him on double figures or towards the 20s then I think we will have every chance of getting promoted."

And Lawrence praised Town's resolve and spirit to come back despite being down to ten men.

“Your 1-0 down and get your biggest centre-half sent off, so  you think here we go, but we actually started to play better and got stronger and stronger, so fair play to everybody who was involved today, they were magnificent.

“But we will need to keep this mentality if we're going to get promoted.”

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