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Boss Mike Jackson hopes Shrewsbury Town grow in confidence

5 April 2014

Relieved Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson wants his side to take confidence from beating fellow strugglers Stevenage 1-0 as the race for Sky Bet League 1 survival hots up.

The Shrews started the day bottom of the table but leapfrogged Stevenage in the battle to escape the bottom four thanks to a well-taken goal from top scorer Jon Taylor, his eighth of the season, in the 57th minute.

Impressive young right-back Dominic Iorfa, on loan from Wolves, dispossessed Luke Freeman and set up Taylor to rifle a shot past Boro's otherwise unbeatable goalkeeper Chris Day.

"We just have to do our business now," said Jackson, stressing the importance of the victory given that relegation rivals Carlisle, Crewe and Tranmere also won.

"We knew what we had to do and now we go to Tranmere next week. We have to take a lot of confidence from it."

Jackson's team had to see out the closing stages, which included seven minutes of stoppage time, with 10 men after losing midfielder Asa Hall to a second yellow card in the 83rd minute.

"It was a good win," said Jackson. "It got a bit stressful towards the end.

"Big credit goes to the players. Everything for me should be about them and our crowd, no-one else. It's not about me or the staff, it's about that group of players and those fans having a connection - and there was."

Jackson also saluted the contribution of winger Taylor, his side's matchwinner.

He added: "I said to him before the game to go and get another goal and get into double figures. For a wideman that's excellent and again he sets the tone."

Stevenage found clear cut chances hard to come by although they committed plenty of players forward in the closing stages.

But there was to be no way through against a well drilled Shrewsbury back line as recalled goalkeeper Chris Weale kept a clean sheet.

Stevenage are now bottom of the table, four points adrift of safety with five games left.

Boro boss Graham Westley said: "What I hope the players learn about difficult situations, and let's face facts this is difficult, is that you have to play with courage.

"Not when things have gone wrong and in reaction to that, but you have to play with courage from the outset.

"What we didn't show was enough quality and desire to take our game forward in the early stages. We allowed them to get a foothold. Sure, they had a home crowd, the home environment, they had the conditions, and those are factors, but we didn't show enough courage in my opinion to get on the ball and take our game to them.

"But we did once 60 minutes came and they had gone ahead. That shows we have more within us and shows to me it is a courage issue.

"It takes big men, big players, to pull the shirts on and go out there and perform when the heat's on. This can hopefully be a catalyst and a turning point."

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