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Mixed emotions for Shrewsbury Town boss Michael Jackson

2 March 2014

Shrewsbury Town manager Michael Jackson believes their 0-0 draw with Coventry City was a missed opportunity to get three points as they left Sixfields with mixed emotions.

In a game of few openings Shrews striker Tom Eaves was guilty of missing two good chances while David McAllister almost stole the three points for Town who now sit three points adrift of safety.

And while Jackson believes his team should have won the game, he was delighted with the hard work of his defence who kept their second clean sheet in three matches.

Jackson said: "I would say that it was a missed opportunity. I think we've had some great chances to win the game.

"Defensively we worked so hard as a group and I can't remember the last time we went three unbeaten.

"I think the one where Ryan Woods has got down the side and whipped it in for Tom Eaves we should have taken. We should've finished our chances.

"That's been a problem for us but I'm not going to blame people and if they keep working like that then we will not be too far away.

"People have got to see that the team is working together. They're trying so hard to get out of this and I think that's credit to the players and I hope the fans can see that."

In blustery conditions the first of Shrews' chances came in the 20th minute when Eaves forced a good save from Joe Murphy from eight yards out.

The second half was a turgid affair, but Eaves' second chance came in the 62nd minute when he headed wide Woods' cross from five yards out. McAllister forced a good save from Murphy again with three minutes to go as the game ended in stalemate.

Despite missing the opportunity to win, Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley was delighted with a clean sheet which helped the side end a their game losing streak.

"I think the run of disappointing results has affected us a little bit no doubt about that," said Pressley.

"In the final third we weren't as potent but it was very important that we ended that run and the pleasing thing is we didn't lose the game.

"We kept our first clean sheet since about November time, so that gives us a foundation following some disappointing results. Confidence comes from results so as I said it's a good foundation to build upon.

"I think it's the first time we've had two striker s on the park since Rotherham on the first of January.

"I think that when you lose your two strikers that have scored 30-plus goals for you, of course it's going to affect the team. The team lost a little bit of confidence but it is about rebuilding that."

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