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Jackson: It's in our own hands

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Mike Jackson says Shrewsbury's survival hopes are in their own hands after a 1-0 loss at Walsall, which saw two players sent off.

Shrewsbury midfielder Joe Mills was first to go in the 62nd minute for a lunging tackle on James Chambers, and 10 minutes later the Saddlers' match-winner Craig Westcarr leapt to his feet during treatment after his shin was gashed and appeared to head-butt Sam Foley. Jackson said: "We got into some good areas in their half but didn't move the ball quickly enough. We were not good enough to work their goalkeeper or create chances." Looking at their battle to avoid the drop in the final few games, some against teams also in trouble, he said: "It's in our own hands, and that's what the lads are saying in the dressing room. But they have got to step up and do it" Asked about the red cards, he replied: "Millsy let the ball run away from him but I have not had a chance to see it again. I will have a look, and if its a sending off, I will say its a sending off." On Westcarr's dismissal, Jackson said: "I think their lad has been stupid sticking his head in the face of Foley. You can't do that, but I'm not going to criticise other people's players." Walsall are now unbeaten in five games, yet this was their first home win since January 14. Three of Shrewsbury's previous away games had ended goalless.

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