DAVID Longwell was beaming with pride as his team secured their first victory of the campaign.
His young Shrews side put three past a resilient Accrington with goals from Jermaine Turner and Charlie Catton ensuring his team started their home fixtures with an impressive win.
He said; “We are just very proud of the boys and we are happy for them because of the work they’ve put in,
We (the coaching staff) can only facilitate that and give them the ideas. We give them a lot of information and it’s a big positive that they can take all of that on and prove to be successful”.
Despite his understandable pride in the team he doesn’t want them to get carried away, he said; “The job throughout the week is making sure that we maintain the hard work,
“I said to them today you’ve set a standard and it's up you maintain that into next week. They will be back in training on Monday working hard into next week and hopefully we can get a result”.
The team showed maturity beyond their years after a frustrating goalless first half despite having numerous opportunities to take the lead.
Longwell said; “I think the players need to learn not to get frustrated cause we had some good chances in the first half, and we dominated the game.
“Sometimes in the second half you worry that it won’t come but I think today the boys took on the information we gave them well and it worked”.
The substitutes stole the show on Saturday with Catton securing his brace from the bench and the other substitutes all impressing, giving Longwell a ‘good’ headache.
He said; “We are working hard to develop a culture here that subs aren’t disappointed that they aren’t starting.
“The boys came on and they made a difference in the game and that’s all you can ask for as a coach”.
Catton will have surely put himself in contention for a place in the starting 11 against Tranmere next Saturday as the team look to follow up an impressive victory.
To see how they get on head to the Shrewsbury Sports Village as they take on Tranmere Rovers at 11am, Competition pitch.