ShrewsTrust - Shrewsbury vs Hartlepool

Things have improved for Shrewsbury Town over the last couple of months, a win over a Coventry City who were rampant in the league and some creditable draws against decent teams like Brentford and MK Dons filled me with optimism ahead of the latest home game against Hartlepool. Hartlepool are somewhat adrift at the bottom of L1 so I was cautiously hopeful of 3 points.
The first 15 minutes were rather even, with the Monkey Hangers not looking like a team that had only gathered 12 points in the league.

Town had put new signing Dave McAllister straight into the team and his quality was evident from the off, with the combative midfielder looking to win the ball and get forward at every opportunity. With  23 minutes gone, Shrewsbury scored after Marvin Morgan's good work and cross to put Jon Taylor in a scoring position. The young Liverpudlian has been Towns best player for the last month or so and he made no mistake when turning to slot the ball home. Hartlepool were undaunted and made some good opportunities, but Shrewsbury were getting chances of their own with Taylor coming close on a couple more occasions before half time.

After half time, Shrewsbury seemed to have changed their emphasis from trying to get a second goal to sitting back and defending their lead. This seemed to encourage Hartlepool who filled the space that Town left whilst trying to get an equaliser. With 10 minutes gone in the second half, Hartlepool got their seemingly inevitable equalizer when Charlie Wyke found himself in space in the Town box and put the ball past Chris Weale who had been left exposed by his defence.

The goal only served to improve the Monkey Hangers confidence, and they pushed on to try for a winner with Shrewsbury looking a little shell shocked. With 15 minutes left to go, Town started to play some football and started to look like they may find themselves a winner. Substitutes striker Tom Bradshaw and Centre midfielder  Stephen McGinn started slowly but definitely added something.  In the closing moments, Shrewsbury came very close to the winner, hitting the bar and forcing some very good saves from Flinders in the Hartlepool goal. It was too little too late in the end and although we had added another point and an 8th unbeaten game, it felt a bit like a defeat.

Manager Graham Turner was disappointed with the result, “I thought we did enough in the last 15 minutes to have won it”. He added, “But before that, for some unknown reason, when we’re on a run like we’re on, I couldn’t understand why we were so cautious and the amount of times we gave the ball away was worrying”.

This weekend, Town face an in form Swindon Town away, the team that tempted last seasons top scorer James Collins into singing for them. The weather doesn't look too good though and I think there is a chance that the game may be called off.

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