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Jayson, "We can't just rely on on our home form"

28 September 2014

Team needs to replicate home form on the road

Goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler has called on his team-mates to start reproducing their Greenhous Meadow form away from home.

Town's 1-0 defeat at Southend United on Saturday means Shrewsbury are still to win on their travels in League Two, and it was their fourth successive away defeat.

In stark contrast, Town have dropped just two points on their own turf this season and they've beaten Championship opposition in the form of Blackpool and Norwich City.

"We know we are a strong team at home but we need to get some points away because we can't just rely on on our home form," said Leutwiler, beaten inside 90 seconds at Roots Hall with on-loan Tottenham striker Shaq Coulthirst heading in the winner.

Leutwiler saved two more from headers from Coulthirst but Town also had their moments going forward with Jean-Louis Akpra Akpro and James Collins coming close to notching an equaliser.

"It was a disappointing afternoon and we didn't start well," said the Swiss 'keeper. "The cross was a good ball in and they scored very early. It was very hard to come back after that.

"The game plan goes out of the window when we concede a goal so soon into the game. We changed the defence to a back four but we need to start better away from home.

"I was quite busy in the first half but in the second, it was more quiet. It's frustrating when you don't see us scoring."

The league goals have dried up away from home - the last time Shrewsbury scored on their travels was at Northampton on 23rd August.

"The strikers work hard on the training ground to get goals and we scored against Norwich in the cup," said Leutwiler. "It will come if we keep working hard.

"We have to go to Plymouth next week and aim for the three points, it doesn't matter how we play, we just need to win the game."

Leutwiler says the players are putting the upcoming League Cup tie against Chelsea at the back of their minds.

"It's a great draw but we've got many games before then, so we need to concentrate on the league," he said. "We had that high on Tuesday against Norwich but we need to be more professional for our away games."

On his own form Leutwiler is happy with his progress since arriving in the summer following his release by Middlesborough. He's been an ever-present so far, keeping seven clean sheets in Town's 14 league and cup matches.

"We have had some clean sheets which is good for me and the defence," he said. "We don't concede a lot of goals and that is a positive.  I'm very happy at the club and Shropshire is a nice place to live."

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