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Omar Beckles Post West Ham United

17 January 2018

Beckles looks back on Hammers defeat

Shrewsbury Town defender Omar Beckles admitted that he was disappointed not to at least take the game to penalties as Town were beaten 1-0 by West Ham.

A 112th minute goal from Reece Burke finally separated the sides after over 200 minutes of deadlock across the two games.

Omar felt Town had done enough against their Premier League opponents and was frustrated not to see it out.

“I’m disappointed”, said Beckles.

“We definitely should have kept ourselves in the game and it was a really poor goal to lose by, but I guess looking back we can say that we gave a Premiership team a run for their money.

“We know our standards and we know that we really want to be taking that to penalties at least, so it’s disappointing.

“We had a really good chance as well with Payney going through and I don’t remember them having a clear one on one chance like that, so it’s majorly disappointing, but we’ve got move forward. We’ve got a league game to look forward to, so we move on.”

Over the two games Town were more than a match for their Premier League counterparts and Beckles paid tribute to his teammates for their efforts over both games.

“We’ve done really well”, said Omar.

“We did really well in the first game and I think because we set that standard they knew that they couldn’t take us lightly, so I guess we can take confidence from that because we are a good side.

“You see players blocking balls on the line 24/7 in training, so that’s just the standard for us and it’s good that you can witness it in games. The boys did well and we’ve just got to move onto Saturday.”

The Town support at the London Stadium was magnificent and Omar hopes the defeat didn’t ruin their night.

“You say 3000 heading back home, but I got all my friends and family down as well, so there’s probably about 100 of them coming from my end”, smiled Beckles.

“They can be proud of the occasion. We’ve set such a high standard this season, so I guess there’s going to be a bit of disappointment, but hopefully they enjoyed that tonight and they can be proud of their team.”

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