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Gayle Wants Early Goal

19 August 2014

Defender feels Town will settle by scoring sooner against Accrington

Defender Cameron Gayle wants Shrewsbury Town to score an early goal against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night - and make life easier than it was against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

Town had to come from behind late in the game against Rovers to pick up a 2-1 win, while Micky Mellon's side were also forced to fight back to salvage a 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon on the opening day.

It means Town have made an unbeaten start to the 2014/15 Sky Bet League 2 season, and Gayle this time wants to strike early against Accrington at the Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off).

"Hopefully we'll get an early goal so we can settle down and play our game, instead of fighting in the last 20 minutes to put our stamp on the game," said Gayle.

"We made it a bit hard for ourselves by scoring in the last minute (against Tranmere), but a win is a win, so we go on to Accrington now.

"If we start putting away our chances, we'll beat teams by three or four.

"It's going to be another battle like the Wimbledon game.

"We'll have to win our headers because it's going to be a fight, so hopefully we can get through that and then let our football do the talking and get a couple of goals."

Gayle has played in all three of Town's matches so far this season, but he believes every member of squad, including himself, will have a big role to play this season.

"Our whole squad is good because the players that don't start can come on and change the game instantly, which is a good thing to have in the squad.

"It's going to be hard playing Saturday-Tuesday, so the players on the bench and throughout the squad come in to play then.

"As a team, we're all confident that whoever comes in to play can do the job.

"It's been a good start to the season for me. I've played every game and done what I came here to do - I wanted to play in every game.

"There's a lot of good players in the squad, so for the gaffer to pick me is really good because it has benefited my game.

"Hopefully I can continue to help the team throughout the season.

"I need to play games to improve, so hopefully I can stay in the team and we can keep winning.

"I'm still learning the game, I'm only 21. I've just started playing, and the more games I play the better I'll become."

Gayle also praised the Town supporters who have backed their team both home and away superbly so far this season.

"Even when we were losing against Tranmere, the fans didn't stay quiet, they kept going and it gave us the drive to keep going and get a couple of goals,” he said.

"We need that to carry on for the rest of the season."

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