Thomas reflects on scoring the winner against Fleetwood
Shrewsbury Town Winger Nathan Thomas is hopeful that last night’s 2-1 victory against Fleetwood is another step towards promotion this season.
The Sheffield United loanee set-up Town’s first and then scored the winner in the 82nd minute to give Town their third straight away league victory.
The result moved Town back to the top of Sky Bet League One and Thomas admitted that it was the perfect response to Saturday’s defeat against Plymouth.
“Obviously it was a great time to score but at the end of the day it’s another three points and another step in the direction of where we want to go this season”, said Nathan.
“I thought we did really well in spells. There were spells where we could have got the ball down and played a little bit more.
“The goal we conceded is poor from our point of view and the boys are really disappointed with how we’ve conceded, but this teams got a lot of character and you can see it in abundance.
“We wanted to get over Saturday because we felt that, as a group, everyone underperformed and it was a massive chance for us with the teams around us dropping points.
“We felt like it was a massive opportunity missed, but we wanted to put it right tonight and I think that we did that tonight with the performance.”
Town’s first goal came right on the stroke of half-time as Thomas whipped a delicious cross straight onto the head of Shaun Whalley and Nathan admitted that it’s something they have been working on.
“We’ve been working on it in training”, Thomas said.
“Obviously I’ve come in and I’m a little bit different to how the other wingers have played this season, so it was about getting to know each other.
“I’ve got to get to know how Carlton plays and Shaun has to get to know how I play. I just put the ball in an area and he meets it really well with a greatly timed run and he nails it in the corner.”
Fleetwood managed to draw level through Paddy Madden, but once again Town scored in the final 10 minutes of a match to take home all three points. Thomas described the goal.
“I was thinking that I’m actually going to get a shot this time because the last couple I’ve actually overran it”, Nathan joked.
“As I’ve come inside I’ve just seen the gap and it was more of toe poke than anything, but I’ve managed to get it under the ‘keeper and it was a great feeling when it hit the net.
“It’s a massive three points because we’ve took the blow of conceding, come back, scored again and now we are top of the league, so everyone can chase us now.”