Stand-in Skipper reflects on game with the PoshLast night Shrewsbury Town’s six match unbeaten run came to an end as they slipped to a 2-1 loss away at Peterborough.
Town took the lead in the first half via a Stephen Humphrys penalty, though ten minutes into the second half Humphrys was controversially sent off for a second booking.
After Humphrys sending off the Posh were able to play more openly and eventually found two goals from Ryan Tafazolli and Dominic Ball which gave them all three points.
As Abu Ogogo sat out through injury Mat Sadler was given the captains armband for Town’s trip to the AMAX Stadium, and he spoke to the press after the match.
“Unfortunately the sending off changes the game,” he said.
“Because after that it becomes a backs against the wall job especially away from home. It was difficult but the most frustrating thing was that we concede two from set-plays.”
“We slid across the pitch well when we needed too and we restricted them to a couple of longer shots and some pretty play around the box when they were pierce us open – which they couldn’t do.”
The loss was Town’s first in six games and they now sit 18th – four points clear of safety. While for Peterborough their win lifted them to eighth – just four points off the play offs.
“They pose you different challenges to what most League One teams do,” Sadler said.
“They play quite an expansive game, which I think for 20-25 minutes in the first half we needed to adapt to.
“I thought once we did adapt and got Shaun Whalley and Alex Rodman on the ball we caused them some real problems going the other way.
It was an eventful game for Humphrys who was making his first start for Town, having arrived on loan from Fulham in January.
“I’ve spoken to Steve, he’s disappointed, but we’ll rally him for the next two or three days.
“With anything like this there’s always something to be learned from it and I think Steve will deal with situations like that differently in the future. But, that being said, I think it’s harsh.”
Town will be looking to bounce back on Saturday with a win when they welcome 15th placed AFC Wimbledon to the Greenhous Meadow.
“I think this is one of them games when you dust yourself down and quickly put it to the back of your memory.
“At the start of the week if you’d said you take six points from three games you would probably take it, so we will go all out for the Wimbledon game.”