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Woods, "It's a learning curve for us"

23 November 2014

Ryan backing Town to learn from Exeter defeat

Midfielder Ryan Woods says Shrewsbury Town must treat Saturday's last minute defeat at Exeter City as a "learning curve."

Town looked on course to equal a club record of 7 successive league wins at half time when a brace from James Collins put Micky Mellon's side 2-0 up. It means the striker has now bagged 10 goals for the season.

But the home team came back strongly after the break becoming the first opponent to score 3 times past Shrewsbury this season with Tom Nichols netting the winner in stoppage time.

"It's very hard to take," said Woods. "We're all very down to say the least but the gaffer said we'll take one defeat if it means going on to win the next six games. That's how we're looking at it and we'll try our best to make sure that happens again. It's a learning curve for us and we've got to kick on and go on another unbeaten run. We'll no doubt use this as a motivation for next week."

Woods felt the timing of Exeter's first goal, within the first minute of the second half, was key.

"They've come out and had a good go in the second half and with how early the goal went in, it put us on the back foot," he said. "We've got to see the game out better.  That's something to work on and I'm sure we'll do that. 

"Once they got one back it did feel like the momentum shifted towards Exeter but I know how good we are and how quickly games can turn around. Being good defensively is the one of the main reasons why we've been on this run but the Exeter game just wasn't our day. We'll make sure it doesn't happen again."

Town return to the Greenhous Meadow next Saturday for a top-of-the-table clash with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's Burton Albion, with the new Brewers boss having won both his games in charge.

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