Graham Turner: Late errors costly for Shrewsbury Town

Graham Turner has ordered Shrewsbury Town to cut out the costly late lapses which are hindering their progress up the League One table.

Hartlepool's Scott Flinders pulls off a last minute save from Marvin Morgan to keep the score at 2-2
Hartlepool's Scott Flinders pulls off a last minute save from Marvin Morgan to keep the score at 2-2

A 90th-minute equaliser from Andy Monkhouse forced Town to settle for a 2-2 draw at Hartlepool on Saturday after a Marvin Morgan brace had put the visitors on course for their first away victory of the season.

Last-gasp goals have also denied Shrewsbury a home victory over Tranmere and a point at Notts County already this season.

And Turner knows his side, who remain 16th in the League One table, must see out promising positions.

“That’s five points now we have thrown away conceding late goals,” he said.

“It’s just (having) a collectiveness of determination and endeavour to make sure we don’t concede.

“We’ve been too fragile against Tranmere, Notts County and again at Hartlepool.

“We had a couple of very good chances to make it 3-1 and even at the end Marvin might have got the winner.

“But you can’t concede goals like we have done after taking the lead so late in the game.

“We worked hard against a very direct side and it looked like we would come away with all three points.

“It’s bitterly disappointing (to concede so late) and it’s something we have to work on and put right.”

Turner praised the work of Morgan, who took his goal tally for the season to four with a strike in each half.

And the Town boss believes his side made the trip to the north-east at a testing time with Hartlepool on the wrong end of a heavy defeat in midweek.

“It wasn’t the best of times to go there when they have just lost 5-0 at Preston,” he added.

“You read the programme notes and the local paper and there is a collective determination from them and a pride issue to bounce back from that defeat.

“We thought they might start quick and work tremendously hard.

“They caused us one or two problems but we handled most things.”

Town reserves play their second Central League game of the season tomorrow when they entertain Hull at the Greenhous Meadow at 2pm.