Shrewsbury vs Bury

Following a 2-0 away defeat at high flying and high paying Swindon, Shrewsbury Town faced a bottom of the table clash with Bury. Earlier in the season Town got a draw at bury, which could so easily have been an away, so the Meadow faithful were hoping for a valuable 3 points to give a little more distance from the relegation spots. The starting line up saw a few chances with injured Jermaine Grandison being replaced by Charlton Athletic loanee Yado Mambo and West Brom youngster Cameron Gayle replacing Conor Goldson in defence. In midfield, Rob Purdie replaced Luke Summerfield with Matt Richards moving from the left to accommodate him.

The first half could not be said to be a great advert for the beautiful game with only 3 highlights; the kick off, a Joe skarz free kick that Chris Weale was more than equal to and of course the half time whistle that put us all out of our misery. A couple of nice hot cups of coffee did their best to enliven my expectations for the second half, but in all honesty I wasn't relishing the prospect of another 45 minutes.

Town were a bit better at the start of the second half, with Tom Bradshaw showing some industry and Yado Mambo looking a decent replacement for cult hero Grandison.
On 69 minutes, Bradshaw and Purdie were substituted for Watford loanee Stephen McGinn and  our own Luke Summerfield. The most exciting part of the game came midway through when Dave McAllister finding himself in possession of the ball in a central position. He let fly with an excellent shot, which if it had been an inch lower, would have given Town 2 extra points.  The game seemed to spark into a bit of life in the last 20 minutes, with plenty of decent work from both sides, but not much in the way of goalmouth action. With the game nearing it's end, Town were nearly embarrassed when a Bury corner wasn't cleared well and there was a bit of pinball in the box. Luckily the ball was cleared and the ref blew the final whistle soon after.
Although it wasn't the most inspiring of games, there were positives to be taken from the game. We kept a clean sheet after replacing 2 good regulars, we didn't lose and the performance of Yado Mambo, who gets my man of the match award.

Graham Turners frustration was evident after the game, “in the last twenty minutes of games we invite pressure by keep giving the ball away. We know they're chasing the game and that they're going to be leaving men up front so you have to match them for that but the number of times we could have got out with the ball and passed it with some precision and movement, which we're good at, we just let ourselves down”. Turner also revealed that he had missed out on a loan striker on the Friday before the game and that he would be searching for extra striking options until the end of the transfer window.

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