Turner: We coped well

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Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner was beaming after a last-gasp Nicky Wroe penalty saw his side down fellow promotion hopefuls Gillingham 1-0.

Wroe coolly slotted his penalty home late on after Sean McAllister was clumsily fouled by Gillingham goalkeeper Ross Flitney. However, the result could have been a lot different had Gills striker Danny Kedwell scored from the spot in the first half.

"It doesn't get better than a last-minute winner but I felt we had a 20-minute spell after half-time in which we should have scored anyway," he said. "We played quite well, yet we were wasteful in front of goal. But this is a difficult place to come.

"They put teams under relentless pressure but our lads coped extremely well with that. The only disappointment for me is that we didn't score earlier with the chances we had.

"Your home ground has to be a fortress if you want to go up but you've got to have character to come to places like Gillingham and get the right results. We showed that.

"It's a big boost for our confidence. We didn't pick up many points in our first two games, so after a shaky start we're improving. That's three straight wins in the league and that sets a nice standard for us."

Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler refused to be downcast with his side.

"It's disappointing to lose right at the end and Ross (Flitney) has apologised for conceding the penalty but if it wasn't for him the scoreline could have been a lot more," he said.

"As a group we weren't at it. We spoke at half-time that we needed to improve but we didn't pass the ball well enough, we were sloppy, at times we were too deep and for a game at home it was too stretched for my liking.

"You've got to make things happen and not wait for chances to come. There were times when we gave the ball away and didn't know what to do. We're not going to get carried away with back-to-back defeats at this stage, we're in touch with the leaders but we know the table could be better than it is right now."

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