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Mat Sadler post Bury

12 September 2016

Sads' Thoughts After The Bury Game

Mat Sadler was disappointed after Shrewsbury were defeated at Bury by another stoppage time winner which leaves them 18th in the League One table. The defender feels the team should have come away with a draw:
“We are frustrated because we didn’t make the most of the period when they were down to 10 men. We knew the referee had the potential of evening it up and we needed to avoid that and not let that happen. So we were frustrated with that and also the goal we conceded. Then we got back into the game and I thought we started to dictate the play and play some good stuff. We needed to see the rest of the game out and be streetwise but we weren’t able to. We should have lost the game and we should have come out with a point and under the circumstances 10 against 10 that wouldn’t have been the end of the world.”

The game was Sadler’s first in the league this season after coming back from injury and he is hoping to be back in the starting line up again soon:
“It was fine. The game was scrappy in the first half so I didn’t get on the ball as much as I would have liked. When we went down to 10 I went back into full back and I felt comfortable there. Hopefully I can get a run of games now and go from strength to strength. You need to get the first game out of the way to feel good in the next one so hopefully I get my chance again soon.”

It has been a difficult start to the season for Town but the former Crawley Town full back believes it will get better:
“There have been highs and lows. It is a new team again and I think we need to be leaders out there and take control of the games a bit more. That’s my opinion. Especially when they went down to 10 men today and also on the previous Saturday when they went down to ten men. We need to stamp our ability on the game more in those periods because there is bags of it. That is how we can improve and hopefully the fans won’t have to suffer too many downs and hopefully we can give them a few more highs in the coming weeks.”

There appeared to be a altercation between the two sets of players at half time in the tunnel and the Birmingham-born player feels the players will grow together from the experience:
“I won’t go into what I saw but I think it shows the passion we have as a team. We all trust each other and want to look after each other. That will stay between us but at the end of the day we wanted to look after our teammates. Days like today when you have to dig in, they are the occasions that bring the squad together. This is where you form partnerships and squads and good team spirits.”

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