Shrews leave it late to equalise

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TOM Eaves left it late to deny Brent­ford but care­taker Shrews­bury boss Mike Jack­son ad­mits it was a timely re­minder of his tal­ents.

Eaves, who ex­tended his loan from Bolton un­til the end of the sea­son last month, has en­dured a dif­fi­cult sec­ond spell with the Shrews.

Last sea­son the 22-year-old hit six goals in ten games for the club – this term he has been the sub­ject of some jeers af­ter net­ting just once in ten.

But those jeers turned to re­li­ef­filled cheers at Green­hous Meadow as Eaves lashed into the top left cor­ner in in­jury time to earn an un­likely point against League One lead­ers Brent­ford.

And Jack­son – who has been handed ex­tended con­trol of the team for the games at Sh­effield United, at home to Port Vale and against Notts County at Meadow Lane – claims it was al­most worth the wait.

“It’s about time,” said Jack­son. “I’m not be­ing funny to him (Eaves), but credit to him, he needed that be­cause he’s a con­fi­dence player.

“He showed glimpses of that last week, it wasn’t easy play­ing against them (Brent­ford) and he gets a bit of stick some­times but I’m made up for the lad.

“It’s pleas­ing for the group, the staff and the play­ers as well. It’s set us up on the bounce af­ter our home form.

“It wasn’t a great day con­di­tion­s­wise with strong wind, the pitch was heavy, but we’re pleased with the point, I think we de­served that.

“I think their keeper has made some good saves, we got crosses in the box. But it’s just a start, I think we can play bet­ter than that.

“With the ball we were a bit sloppy, but credit to the lads they kept go­ing and it came off in the end.”

It was a tense open­ing quar­ter but Clay­ton Don­ald­son threaded the ball through to Mar­cello Trotta just be­fore the half-hour mark and he should have done bet­ter than to fire over from close range.

The Ital­ian was then found again in the box af­ter good work by Ge­orge Saville but saw his low ef­fort from a tight an­gle drift across Chris Weale and inches be­yond the right post.

Brent­ford edged ahead on 68 min­utes as Alan Judge was brought down in the box by Ryan Woods – Weale man­aged to push Trotta’s penalty onto the post but the striker fol­lowed up to stab in the re­bound for his 11th goal of the sea­son.

The home side fought back, though, and their per­sis­tence was re­warded in stop­page time as Eaves col­lected the ball in­side the Brent­ford box and lashed it into the top-left cor­ner.

A nervy cou­ple of min­utes en­sued as the Shrews had their backs to the wall but Brent­ford boss Mark War­bur­ton was con­tent with a point – and the ex­ten­sion of their un­beaten run which stretches all the way back to Oc­to­ber in the league.

“I think in the first half we dom­i­nated play, I can’t think of many saves that David But­ton had to make, if at all,” he said. “We had some chances, maybe not the rub of the green but we get 1-0 up and we’re in good shape.

“Tony (Craig) has been out­stand­ing again and con­sis­tent all sea­son.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to deal with when the guy (Eaves) hits it well from 25-yards and it’s in the top cor­ner, but that’s life and we have to deal with it.

“The boys are dis­ap­pointed that we dropped two points but we’re top of the ta­ble and it’s in our hands now, sim­ple as that.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to come away with th­ese atro­cious con­di­tions, but they’ve dealt with it well and I thought they dom­i­nated sec­ond half, so that’s fine, job done.

“We saw the goal­keep­ers’ kicks, it’s dif­fi­cult to get it out of your area. I thought from the first whis­tle we looked to play, but it was dif­fi­cult though.

“You can play short, but you couldn’t go longer be­cause of the wind but you have to get on with it.”

TAN­GLED FEET: Shrews­bury’s Dave McAl­lis­ter in ac­tion with Brent­ford’s Clay­ton Don­ald­son



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