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Mike Jackson excited by Shaun Miller arrival

22 March 2014

Mike Jackson hopes new loan recruit Shaun Miller can prove the difference in Shrewsbury Town's battle to beat the drop after his late goal clinched a dramatic 2-1 fightback win over Bradford City.

Jackson could have been excused for fearing the worst when defender Andrew Davies broke the deadlock for Bradford 11 minutes from time.

But Jon Taylor, with his seventh goal of the season, fired the hosts level almost immediately before Miller, introduced as a sub for his Shrewsbury debut, struck a stoppage-time winner to earn Jackson's men a first home win since November 23.

Jackson has admired Miller since his Crewe days and insists he's delighted to have signed the Sheffield United striker on loan for the rest of the season.

"He's been in their squad and on the bench, but he suddenly became available and we just got after it quick and tried to tie it up as quick as we could," said Jackson.

"I remember him coming here two or years ago with Crewe with Clayton Donaldson, the year they scored 20-odd each.

"I remember thinking what a good finisher he was and what a good player he is. He's had a bad injury but he did great and he can finish.

"He's come on, got himself in good areas and we just need to keep him right. Hopefully he can be the difference."

Jackson felt his side were full value for the points after digging deep to see off the Bantams.

He added: "Credit to the lads as it was a great reaction from going 1-0 down and everyone writing us off. It was brilliant the way they've come back and the subs as well as the other lads have given a lot.

"Sometimes I don't think it's appreciated but they haven't half worked hard and credit to them. They deserve everything they've got and we deserved to win the game."

Bradford beat Shrewsbury with a stoppage time goal at Valley Parade in September but this time the roles were reversed, much to the disappointment of manager Phil Parkinson.

"After going 1-0 up to lose the game is a very disappointing result," said Parkinson. "We switched off for the first goal and there were just periods from the first goal to obviously the end where I felt we just lacked a bit of professionalism to do the right things in the right areas to see the game through.

"A draw wouldn't have been the worse scenario but we've ended up getting beat and that's hard to take."

Parkinson, whose side sit seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th, added: "We had a period which led to the goal but we probably didn't have enough dominance which I would have expected with the conditions in our favour."


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