Date: 27th March 2014 at 10:07pm
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Manager Mike Jackson has admitted that Shrewsbury seriously rode their luck at points in the draw with Carlisle at Brunton Park.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game Jackson was pretty blunt over how the game went and at points joked he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, but ultimately with how the game did play out it was an important point for us again and that’s the positive he took.

‘I thought we were poor in the first half. Connor Goldson and Joseph Mills were outstanding all game. Outstanding. They’ve kept us in the game. We rode our luck in the first half and we seemed to be lacking a bit of energy. Maybe it’s crept up a little bit with playing Saturday/Tuesday these last few weeks I don’t know? But I wasn’t happy at all with that first half and I let the players know that at half time.’

Jackson goes on to say that since being given the job firstly as a caretaker boss, this was the first time he’s had to go in and really point out that kind of performance and showing was just simply unacceptable for this team let alone professional footballers.

‘In the second half we got ourselves going a little bit but we asked them to keep the ball and they didn’t do that. We had to make a few changes because we didn’t have the legs out there. We’ve had some good chances, but it’s a good point. I thought the back four were outstanding and where the strikers won it for us the other day, they’ve got us the point tonight.’

Things certainly didn’t go to plan on the night with us losing Jermaine Grandison to injury in the first half, and speaking immediately following the game the gaffer had to admit the full extent of the injury he sustained wasn’t known but it did appear to be a hamstring pull which is a huge blow to both club and player as the likelihood is he’ll be out for a good few weeks at best really.

Jackson knew this was the risk we carried with Grandison getting back up to proper speed, and no doubt his decision to loan in a right back as cover has now proven to be Nostradamus like.

A point doesn’t do a great job for us but we are still in the mix and a result here and there would shoot us up the table with how close things are, if anything those results on the night did go in our favour so it is more one point gained than anything else.

However in response to learning that Notts County had also won, Jackson said it was game on then in effect, the hope is a few of those above us losing means we can leapfrog them irrespective of what those below us do now – but that depends on us getting the results we need.