Shrewsbury Town boosted by home form

SHREWSBURY TOWN boss Graham Turner says his players should be encouraged by their home record against League One’s high-flyers ahead of visits from Notts County and Brentford.

Graham Turner
Graham Turner

SHREWSBURY TOWN boss Graham Turner says his players should be encouraged by their home record against League One’s high-flyers ahead of visits from Notts County and Brentford.

Town take on County at the Greenhous Meadow today before training their sights on hosting third-placed Brentford on Saturday. Despite their problems on the road, where they have registered just five points from a possible 36, Shrewsbury have been hard to beat at the Meadow. They have enjoyed positive results against long-time leaders Tranmere (1-1) and promotion-seeking MK Dons (2-2), as well as thrashing Coventry 4-1.

“Generally we’ve done better at our place against the top teams for us not to worry about these fixtures coming up,” said Turner.

“Notts County and Brentford will be challenges, as will going to Coventry on New Year’s Day

“There are some big clubs to play. But we did reasonably well at Notts County (in a 3-2 defeat) and we should have won at Brentford (0-0) earlier in the season. Terry Gornell hit the bar and we should have had a penalty.”

Last Friday’s 2-2 draw at Bury left Turner still anguishing over his side’s away form after a last-minute equaliser denied them their first success.

But he is convinced the fitness work he ordered during a recent break in action has paid off over the last three games, during which Town have remained unbeaten.

“It has been very beneficial and has set a new mindset for the players of working hard and adopting a tough mental approach. We’ve been unfortunate not to take maximum points from the games since,” added Turner.

“But you do get concerned about our away record, which is not good enough.

“We’ve lost goals late in matches and if we’d picked up some of the points we should have done then we could be sitting in a nice position.”

Meanwhile, Turner has been boosted by the news Jon Taylor may be fit for the visit of Brentford.

The in-form winger – who has blasted three goals in three games – suffered hamstring damage at Bury.

But Turner added: “Jon’s tweaked a few hamstring fibres and it’s a question of how quickly they will heal up. He’s touch and go for Saturday, but it’s not as bad as first feared.”