Turner backs Parry to produce goals

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Graham Turner was impressed with the way Shrewsbury defended against Preston

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Graham Turner was impressed with the way Shrewsbury defended against Preston

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner insists Paul Parry is capable of taking his goals tally into double figures this season after his first strike for Town saw off his former club Preston 1-0 at Greenhous Meadow.

Parry struck with a glorious rising shot hit with tremendous power in the fourth minute as Shrewsbury sealed victory in their first home game in the third tier for 15 years.

Turner is a big admirer of former Wales international Parry, who also played under him at Hereford, and he expects the winger to chip in with his fair share of goals this season.

"He should be going into double figures this season in goals," said Turner. "He's a great striker of the ball and he's just caught it as sweet as anything. You won't see many better goals than that. It was a fantastic finish."

Turner was delighted with the result as Shrewsbury quickly bounced back from their slender opening-day defeat at Sheffield United against another of League One's bigger clubs.

He added: "We've had to work hard for the clean sheet as the game wore on as Preston were obviously throwing more and more bodies forward. They put us under a bit of pressure but the goalkeeper and two central defenders stood their ground. I also thought we worked hard as a team to defend. We coped very well with it.

"We've played two of the biggest clubs in the division. Looking back on it, we should have got something out of the Sheffield United game so the message to the players will be there's nothing to fear."

Preston boss Graham Westley felt his team deserved something from the game.

"Having gone behind, we dominated play in the first half and created some good moments but didn't take our chances very well," said Westley. "In the second half it was a bit backs-to-the-wall from their point of view.

"They had their moments but we kept the play going forward and didn't do enough to score the goal that would have got us back in it and given us a platform to go on and win it."

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