Two goals from Scott Ryan not enough as Town drop to defeat
Shrewsbury Town 2 Accrington Stanley 3
Saturday 24th August 2013
Team: Shaun Rowley, Joe Kenton, Ryan Hickman, George Carpenter, Jack Richards (Nathan Millis 30), Sam Brown (Jack Parrish 70), Alex Fletcher, Dave Easthope, Matty Jones (Ethan Jones 60), Jeff Watkins, Scott Ryan
Subs not used: Harry Lewis, Lewis Jarman
Goals: S.Ryan (2)
We are seeing a familiar theme running through our performances at the moment, in our previous two league games we have failed to respond positively to losing a potentially game defining goal in the second half. We are waiting to see if leaders will emerge from the group to take control. It is even more important when you experience a setback that the players keep getting on the ball to try and dominate the game. Unfortunately we haven’t seen this yet and it is partly the player’s responsibility to find a solution.
Today we responded to losing an early goal from a set piece by taking a 2-1 lead through a brace by Scott Ryan. However our performance in and out of possession was not at the standard that is required at this level. Too many times we, misplaced passes straight to the opposition or straight into touch, turned when there was a man on, over ran the ball, took too many touches to get the ball under control, and the movement and support play was not sharp enough. The end result may have been different if we had gone into a 3-1 lead at half time but Ryan’s goal bound shot clipped the goalkeeper and the ball was eventually cleared off the line.
Instead we went into half time at 2-2 after poor judgement when defending a corner cost us. Early in the second half Accrington took the lead and we never really looked like troubling them afterwards.
On Saturday we travel to Morecambe looking for a positive response.