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Shaun Whalley post Millwall

5 April 2017

Shaun on target but not enough to earn Town any points

Shrewsbury were again left frustrated as referring decisions went against them as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Millwall.

Shaun Whalley bagged a late consolation goal, but it was not enough to stop Shaun Hutchinson and Byron Webster claiming all three points for the Lions.

Whalley’s goal was his third of the season, in his 30th appearance and he spoke to the press after the match.

“We’re frustrated because I thought overall we were more than a match for them,” he said.

“I’m not one to complain about decisions and referees but I’ve heard the first one is offside and the second one – Jayson [Leutwiler]’s obviously gone down so he can’t save it.

“First half we didn’t create much but we were trying to build momentum. We were just a bit slow going forward – myself included – I don’t think I was up to anything in the first half.

“Second half the manager and Doigy got into us a bit – telling us to believe in ourselves – I thought we had a good go.

“We got the consolation – but there was still five minutes to go and we were well on top - I thought we were going to get another chance.

“I had an alright chance on my left foot but I blazed it over and that was that. We’ve got to pick ourselves up now.”

Whalley almost made a goal early in the second half as his low cross flashed across the front of Millwall’s goal and Mahlon Romeo managed to turn the ball over his own bar from just three yards out.

“It was unbelievable,” Whalley said.

“He was three yards out – he’s hit it into the ground and it’s somehow still gone over the bar.

“We came out in the second half and we were on top – but their goal set us back a bit.”

The loss means Town are now without a win in six and leaves them in 22nd and two points from safety but Whalley is confident that Shrewsbury can escape the drop.

“We’ve got to start picking wins up and that can start on Saturday – we need to win it’s a massive game.

“The crowd were brilliant again tonight and I know they’ll be with us for our next home game as well.

“Rochdale are a good team – but I really fancy us and I hope we can start getting wins and climb away from the relegation zone.”

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