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Connor: "I feel sorry for the fans and the players"

4 May 2014

Goldson looking to a tough summer of rebuilding

Ambitious defender Connor Goldson already has eyes on promotion next season, after the club bid farewell to League One football in the one-all draw with Gillingham on Saturday.

Shaun Miller's late headed goal secured a hard earned point at Priestfield and it means Town's focus now is on building a squad capable of making a quick return.

Goldson, who came through the youth ranks at Shrewsbury, says he's determined to make amends and put the smile back on Town supporters' faces.

"It's going to be a tough summer, he admitted.  "We don't know who the manager is going to be yet, hopefully its Mike Jackson but that's not for me to call. We don't know who the new players will be either. In League Two we'll be a big club, a lot of the teams will be looking forward to coming to our ground, so we have to make it a fortress.  We want to get back to this level and I want to achieve promotion."

Goldson only played a bit part role in the Graham Turner team that won promotion two seasons ago, and says that's why relegation hurts him this time around.

"I've been here since i was 14," he said. "I grew up with the club and got promoted, but I wasn't really involved that often when we went up so I didn't really feel it as much. I've played 32 games this season and its been horrible. You never want that to happen and I'd never wish that to happen to this club. 

"This season has been very tough but there's nothing we can do now. I feel sorry for the fans and the players - in a way it's our fault. We've got to go away, come back and give it a good go next season."

Town's result at Gillingham, coupled with defeat for Stevenage at Brentford, meant Town avoided finishing bottom of League One, but Goldson admits that's scant reward.

"It does matter that we didn't finish bottom but it's not a consolation as we didn't achieve our goal of staying up," he said. "If you gave me another ten games, I'd tear your hands off to try to keep us up."

On the game itself, Goldson said his side deserved their point, and it also helped Shrewsbury avoid a fifth successive defeat.

"We said before the game and Jacko stressed the importance of it, going into next season, showing a bit of pride," he said.

"A few fans travelled and we really appreciate that and it's good we got a result. We had some good chances in both halves but conceded a poor goal from a set piece and that's something we're going to have cut out next season. I was buzzing when the equaliser went in. Shaun has done well for us, he gets in the right positions and you can see he's a goalscorer."


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