Match Report from my sick Bed

After a difficult period of 6 games without a win and just 1 draw, I have to admit to a little apprehension as I arrived at the Greenhous Meadow for Saturdays game against Crewe. Alex had only lost 1 game in the last 5 and were looking like one of the form teams in the division. Graham Turner had made a couple of changes with Joe Jacobson and Mark Wright coming into the team after periods on the bench. The game was a hard fought one with both sides cancelling each other out for the most part until just before half time when Marvin Morgan pulled the ball to the left side and crossed for Luke Summerfield to power through the box and head home.

The second half was again a pretty equal affair with Towns passing much improved on previous games. Crewe aren't shabby at passing either and although the half stayed scoreless, it wasn't a bad game. In the end, it would be fair to say that Shrewsbury wanted it more than Alex and held on for a creditable win which pushed them out of the relegation places.

Tuesday night saw the team with the meanest defence in the division, MK Dons, visit the Greenhous Meadow. The previous night I had come down with a rather nasty sickness bug, but I'll spare you the details as they are disturbing. It meant that I would be missing my firs home game in at least 3 seasons, which I though would typically guarantee a great performance. I couldn't have been nearer to the truth, and as I sat up in bed, chatting on Shrewsbury's "Cover it Live" chat service and listening to the radio, I was absolutely gutted to not be there.
The first half sounded like a decent one with plenty of neat passing and a fair few threats on goal, but as the end finished, MK scored, seemingly against the run of play. After a decent half of football from the Town, I feared that they may crumble after such an injustice. I was happily wrong and what I heard from the radio was Shrewsbury Towns best half of football all season. With around an hour of the game played, Crewe took off goalscorer Balanta and captain Dean Lewington. The change seemed to back fire, because within 5 or 6 minutes, Luke Rodgers received a ball from Marvin Morgan and fired home for his first Shrewsbury goal in his second spell with the club.

Part of me hoped we would sit back and defend the point but Shrewsbury Town pushed further and were rewarded with a second goal, this time from Mark Wright, who got hold of Matt Richards pass and thumped it home for his first goal of the season. With 3 points on the cards, I was feeling much better, although I took a bit of a dip in injury time as Bowditch scored a volley from nowhere to make the game all square. From a losing position at half time, a draw would have been good enough, but after taking the lead, it felt for a moment like a defeat.



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