Morgan pleased with goal and a point
By Matt Johnson
Front man Marvin Morgan has urged everyone at Shrewsbury to stay positive after Tranmere snatched a late equaliser to deny Town a second league victory when they looked to have the points firmly in their grasp.
Morgan himself put Town ahead with a header on the stroke of half-time before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro struck late against the run of play to leave a somewhat darkened cloud over the Greenhous Meadow.
“It feels like a loss, but we’ve got to look at it in hindsight,” said Morgan. “We’ve just been promoted and they were top of the league.
“We’ve done well here [at home] and we’re unbeaten in 34 games, so we need to look at the bigger picture. Yes we should’ve won, but they got the late goal and it’s a good point at home where we’re unbeaten. We can take the confidence out of the way we played the game in spells and take it into Stevenage away.”
Chances came and went for Town to put the game to bed earlier on and Morgan bemoaned some of the luck in front of goal, but he revealed his delight at finally being able to call himself a League One goalscorer.
“You highlight all the chances and you think ifs, buts and maybes, should’ve done that, should’ve done this, but that’s football for you. I had a shot the keeper saved and it came out, which I should’ve cut back; it’s one of those ones. Terry had the same - he had a shot and he should’ve cut it back and we hit the crossbar.
“On a personal level I’m very happy and relived to get on the score sheet. As a striker you want to score goals. I was in League One two seasons ago with Dagenham and I didn’t get to score, so that was hovering around me and things like that. I scored a few in pre-season but it doesn’t count once the season starts, it was good to get the goal.”
Supporters sounded their appreciation for the 100% commitment and work rate on display against Tranmere and Morgan admits the whole squad are fired up by the League One challenge and he is already looking forward to taking to the pitch for the two away-day clashes over the next fortnight.
“Yeah obviously we want to win and want to compete and we want to be up there. We don’t want to come into this league and lose, lose, lose and get relegated at the end of the season. We’re looking good, we’ve just got to keep confident and keep going really.
“I think they are games that we should be winning [Stevenage & Notts Co], or at least should be getting something out of. They’re not in the ‘big six’, so if we keep playing and keep doing what we’re doing then I think we’ll be fine.
“You have to look at it and think, ‘are we a better club than Stevenage?’ And you’d have to say that player for player we are. I think we’ve got to take the positives and go there really confident.”