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Ollie Norburn post Accrington Stanley

27 December 2018

Ollie Norburn reflects on Town's 2-1 loss to Accrington Stanley.

Shrewsbury Town were unable to claim any points on Boxing Day from Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

Town managed to pull a goal back through Ollie Norburn, but the home side’s two first-half goals were enough to win the game.

Ollie was disappointed with the result and feels his team’s poor start cost them the game.

“Being brutally honest, we killed ourselves in the first-half,” said the midfielder. “That first-half performance was no where near good enough.

“That’s from us all. We are a team and if we all look at each other and ourselves – we know we weren’t good enough.

“Within 30 seconds we conceded a goal. After that it was an uphill task and we left ourselves with too much to do.

“We need to improve away from home. I think our home form speaks for itself, we are good at home, but on the road we need to improve and improve quickly.

“If we all look at ourselves and look at each other, I think we can only be honest and say we were miles off it.”

Ollie feels his team improved in the second-half but not enough to trouble the home side.

“We turned it around in the second-half,” said Ollie. “We won more second balls, we started to get Fey in behind and stuff like that.

“Maybe all of that came a bit too late. I also think we could have had another penalty.

“That the referee’s job not mine, but not to look at the ref and blame him for our poor performance. It’s always down to us and we just weren’t good enough.

“I knew this was a big game coming here, but like I said – we have shot ourselves in the foot in the first-half and we have been made to pay for it.

“We are in Thursday, so we will dust ourselves down and speak about a few things that happened and prepare for the next game.”

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