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Collins On Oldham Draw

23 August 2015

Striker Felt Town Could Have Won The Game

"I'm really pleased that I've managed to get three in five so I'm just trying to do that for the team, but I'd rather us being winning games and scoring goals," said Collins.

"If I can keep scoring goals then that will only help us win games."


Although he insists it is more important to score for the team that any personal achievements.

Collins finished at Town's top goalscorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions.

"We've got a good squad and players on the bench who can come on and do what they do," said Collins.

"We weren't too happy with our performance, we were a little bit sluggish, and once we freshened up a bit we took the game to them and put them under pressure which is what we want to do.

"I think they definitly made an impact.

"It's definitly a postive with the lads who came on.

"You know what you're going to get from Jean-Louis (Akpa Akpro) and Shaun (Whalley).

"They have pace to burn and just want to get at players and get in behind, so I think you've just got to play to your strengths and I thought we did that when those two came on."


And Collins felt the changes made a big impact on the game.

Manager Micky Mellon used all three substitutes in the second half, bringing on Jordan Clark, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Shaun Whalley.

"I just gambled and it managed to come through to me," said Collins on his goal.

"I saw the 'keeper coming out and I wanted to put it past him, but he showed me down the line so I just took it past him and fortunately enough it went in for me so I'm buzzing.
"It's what we get paid to do and what I like to do - scoring goals.

"I'm confident if I can keep getting the chances then I'll score.

"Looking at it, I think you've always got to be happy with a point away from home but I'm a bit disappointed that we didn't take all three in the end."


Collins, whose goal was his third of the season in all competitions, believes Town could have snatched a victory at the end, however.

The striker grabbed Shrewsbury's equaliser with 20 minutes to go in the Sky Bet League 1 fixture at SportsDirect.com Park, after robbing defender Jonathan Burn before going past the goalkeeper and finishing into an empty net.

James Collins was delighted to get on the scoresheet in Shrewsbury Town's 1-1 draw at Oldham Athletic on Saturday - but felt his side could have taken all three points.

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