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Taylor earns Turner's praise

27 December 2012

Manager Graham Turner praised Jon Taylor after the highly-rated winger played a pivotal role in helping Shrewsbury earn a point against Notts County.

Taylor again underlined his importance to the npower League One strugglers as Town left it late to rescue a 2-2 draw. Having scored in his last three games, Taylor played a major role in Shrewsbury's 81st-minute leveller against the Magpies with his deflected cross being turned into his own net by County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

"The reports I had on Sunday and Monday were that he had a good chance of being fit so it (an injury) was never as bad as first feared," said Turner.

"We were confident he would be able to play and he actually trained on Christmas Day and was fine.

"With the goal it was difficult to see what happened from the touchline. It's taken a deflection to loop over the keeper.

"County had a lot of the ball in the second half and put us under a bit of pressure but we always looked lively going forward, particularly Jon Taylor, and for his performance and his work again for the cause, he deserved the goal."

County manager Keith Curle was disappointed his side, now unbeaten in 22 away games, were unable to hold on to their advantage, particularly given the manner of Shrewsbury's late leveller.

"I don't think Bart was really tested in the second half," said Curle. "The cross took a deflection and the ball's swirling. It could have gone anywhere but unfortunately it wrong-footed Bart. All he could do was get a hand on it and the only place he could steer it unfortunately was into his net rather than round the post."

County have dropped down to 10th place but promotion remains the target at the halfway stage of the season.

"Now is the time as a football club for us all to take stock and have a look where we are," added Curle. "There's been a lot of commitment, a lot of dedication, a lot of hard work going on and you look at the games we've had and we could probably have done with another eight points. With another eight points we would be right in the mix."

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