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Turner breathes easy

16 December 2012

Relieved Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner wore a big smile after his side clung on to beat Carlisle 2-1 - a result which lifted his men out of the npower League One relegation zone.

Shrewsbury have repeatedly conceded costly late goals this season but this time they managed to see the game out with goals from wingers Jon Taylor and Paul Parry, who volleyed in a 64th minute winner. Liam Noble had pulled Carlisle level in between but Shrewsbury defended manfully to preserve their advantage and seal only a fifth victory of the campaign.

"You just think back to the pattern that we've had recently and that has been conceding goals late on, either equalisers or winners against us," said Turner.

"There is the anxiety, not so much in the technical area, but on the pitch. We could have been using the ball a little bit better breaking out but because of the record over recent matches and what we're trying to achieve the anxiety was there. But in the end the lads have come through it."

Turner, whose side now sit just a point behind sinking fast Carlisle in the lower reaches of the table, added: "It's a massive win for us. We've played well in some of the games recently without getting our just rewards.

"It was a hard struggle and we played against a side who were intent on pressing the ball high up the pitch and never gave us a moment on the ball. That caused us a fair amount of anxiety at times but the most important thing for us was the result and the confidence that might bring to the players."

Carlisle had several spells on top and manager Greg Abbott insisted the Cumbrians were unfortunate to head home empty handed.

"The players were sat in the dressing afterwards wondering just how they haven't got something out of the game," said Abbott, whose men have won only one of their last eight league games. "They're desperately disappointed.

"Generally on the road we have performed, we've got a good record, but there have been times this season we haven't performed. We can't believe how we've got nothing out of a game that we think for large parts we've dominated."

"I can't recollect too many times our goal has been under siege but I can talk about the other goal being under siege."

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