Whalley's thoughts after his goal helped Town to a point at Argyle
Shaun Whalley has heralded Shrewsbury Town’s never-say-die attitude following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
Whalley himself was on the scoresheet in the 78th-minute as he fired in Town’s equaliser after Graham Carey opened the scoring for the hosts.
The draw ensured Salop maintained our unbeaten start to the season, stretching the run to 13 games, and the Whiston-born attacker was keen to praise his side’s attitude after the match.
“We’ve got a real never-say-die attitude,” Whalley told the assembled press. “I remember looking round when we conceded the goal and thinking ‘we’re going to get back into this’.
“We were the dominant team, and they hit us on the break,” he added. “I just felt we had the ability to put a lot of pressure on them, and we did, and we eventually got the goal.”
Whalley’s strike was his fourth of the season, and he revealed although it was pleasing to hit such a sweet strike in front of Salop’s travelling support, he would have preferred it to have been the winner.
“I was obviously delighted with the goal in front of the travelling fans, who have travelled a hell of a lot of miles to come and support us today,” he said.
“We’re disappointed we haven’t won here, we were obviously the dominant team in the game,” he continued. “They sat deep and it was hard to make chances against them – it was just one of those days.”
Town held 54 per cent of the possession at Home Park, an unusually high number for the away side, and Whalley recognised it was a different kind of game to this season’s previous encounters.
“We’ve played a lot of teams so far who have tried to out-play us,” Whalley pressed. “We’ve always looked to close them down quickly and break.
“But today was a different type of game, which we’ve enjoyed a lot of possession, but I think we moved the ball too slow and didn’t create enough.
“It reminded me of the way we used to play a couple of years ago, when we used to play very deep and teams used to out-possession us, and out-play us a lot of the time.”
Next is back-to-back home league games, which sees Town host Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, and then Fleetwood Town on Saturday afternoon.