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SWINDON TOWN: Turner keen to forget injury woes
SHREWSBURY boss Graham Turner says his team must put their injury woes behind them when they welcome the Robins to Greenhous Meadow tomorrow.
The Shropshire side’s plans at the start of the new League One campaign have been disrupted by injuries to strikers John Marsden (foot) and Akwasi Asante (hamstring) as well as defenders James Tavernier (ankle) and Dave Winfield (hamstring).
They are without a point and are yet to score a goal so far this season, but with Tavernier and Asante in contention to return, boss Turner wants his side to put their troubles behind them and grab an elusive victory in front of their own fans.
He said: “All sides have a period where things don’t go right in terms of injuries. The one time you don't want them is at the start of the season.
“You need that little bit of luck with particularly injuries and we haven’t had it.
“When you look at the personnel that have been missing from the side there is a chunk there that would without a doubt improve it, but we have got to get over that starting with Swindon this Saturday.
“We have got to be at our best to take three points but I think it doesn’t matter who we are playing early in the season.
“If you have got the advantage of playing at home you would like to think you are capable of taking three points.”
Turner conceded his side must improve at the back after losing 3-0 to Leyton Orient last time out and is expecting a tough test from Mark Cooper’s new look Town side.
“Swindon have got some good players, they’ve had a reasonable start and got a victory last week,” he said.
“We had them watched, the reports were quite complimentary and I have spoken to one or two other people who were at the game who said they did well. They still look a force so we have got to be at our best to take three points.
“We know that looking at the quality of the players in their side we have got our hands full but we have got to be better than we were in the second half at Orient.”
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