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Ben Godfrey post Fleetwood

23 October 2017

Midfielders thoughts after the Fleetwood win

Ben Godfrey has commended his side’s work-rate as Shrewsbury Town returned to the summit of the SkyBet League One table with a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town at the Montgomery Waters Stadium on Saturday.

Centre-back Aristote Nsiala netted Salop’s winner in the 89th minute as he rose highest to power home Shaun Whalley’s dangerous corner, to stretch the club’s unbeaten run in the league to 15 games.

Norwich City loanee Godfrey has been a key figure in Paul Hurst’s midfield this season, and in his post-match interview he paid homage to Town’s never-say-die attitude and work ethic.

“We never give up,” he told the press. “The gaffer and Doigy have got that attitude and they’ve drilled it into us. No matter what the situation is – we’ll carry on fighting until the end.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game of football, but we have to accept that. The gaffer told us it would be like that today and we were ready for it.

“You’re not guaranteed to get a good game every time you play, but you can work hard and run yourself into the ground – we always look to do that.”

Nsiala’s winner was his second goal of the campaign, and Godfrey was keen to praise the defender’s efforts in both boxes, as Salop kept yet another clean sheet.

“He [scores] all the time in training, so it’s not a surprise to me,” he smiled. “A centre-back who can get you a few goals a season – they’re expensive these days – so I’m really happy for him.

“He played really well today and I’m struggling to think of many forwards that have caused him many problems so far this season. He’s young and talented, and his confidence is really high and that always helps.”

Town now look to the next game, which sees them travel to the ABAX Stadium to face 10th-placed Peterborough, where Hurst’s side will look to continue their exemplary form.

“It’s going to be a tough one,” Godfrey said of upcoming the Peterborough clash. “They’re coming thick and fast now, but training continues at a high tempo and a good quality, and we’ll see what happens next week.

“We said from the start that we’d take it game by game and we just need to keep doing that because when you get overconfident you can slip up.”

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