Jack­son: Shrews a bet­ter side un­der me

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn

CARE­TAKER boss Mike Jack­son claims Shrews­bury are in a bet­ter place since he took over de­spite his rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened side hav­ing to set­tle for a draw against lo­cal ri­vals Port Vale.

Shrews­bury are des­per­ate for wins to lift them out of the bot­tom four and had the bet­ter of what few chances there were in an unin­spir­ing game.

But they drew a blank in front of their home sup­port­ers for the sev­enth time in their last eight out­ings at the Greenhous Meadow as Jack­son, in charge for the last four matches fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Gra­ham Turner, continues to wait for his first win.

Jack­son said: “We’ve had a clean sheet, we’ve picked up an­other point at home, and there’s been en­cour­ag­ing signs from where we were when I walked through the door, or into this seat.

“The club’s in a bet­ter place as re­gards what we're do­ing.”

Jack­son opted for a dif­fer­ent ap­proach by field­ing a trio of cen­tral de­fend­ers while he also sprang a sur­prise by drop­ping goal­keeper Chris Weale af­ter a run of 76 suc­ces­sive games for the club.

He handed a league de­but for the club to Joe Anyon who was rarely trou­bled by a Vale side clearly miss­ing top scorer Tom Pope af­ter he was forced off in­jured in the early stages.

“I said to the lads af­ter­wards that could be the most im­por­tant point by the end of the sea­son,” added Jack­son. “There’s 15 games left and it just might be a good point.”

Chances were at a pre­mium through­out with both de­fences on top.

Shrews­bury ad­justed well to their new for­ma­tion with Jer­maine Gran­di­son their stand-out per­former at the back.

Ryan Woods, Shrews­bury's en­er­getic mid­fielder, twice forced rou­tine saves out of Chris Neal in the sec­ond half while Con­nor Gold­son and Paul Parry failed to hit the tar­get from de­cent chances.

Daniel Jones curled a late ef­fort nar­rowly wide for Vale but that was as good as it got for the Pot­ter­ies team.

Port Vale boss Mickey Adams was pleased with the clean sheet and praised the con­tri­bu­tion of young cen­tral de­fend­ers Jack Grim­mer and Joe Davis - but be­moaned a lack of cut­ting edge.

“I’ve said to the boys we can’t get it right,” said Adams. “We ei­ther score loads of goals and let loads of goals in or the op­po­site.

“I felt we de­fended man­fully. I was a lit­tle bit sur­prised with their for­ma­tion and line up but they’re scrap­ping for their lives and it’s up to us to try and break them down.”



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