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Ryan Giles Post Portsmouth

4 August 2019

Town took all 3 points in their opening game of the Sky Bet League One season against Portsmouth, thanks to a Ryan Giles wonder strike.

Ryan joined in pre-season and has settled in quickly on the left of the Shrewsbury Town defence.

He lined up against Portsmouth in what was his league debut and he put in an assured performance over the 90 minutes.

On 68 minutes Shaun Whalley played the ball to find Ryan in space, he then fired in a superb strike from 30 yards out which will go down as an early contender for goal of the season.

Ryan spoke to the press after the game to give his thoughts on Town's first win of the season.

"I'm quite overwhelmed and speechless at the moment", said Ryan.

"I can't really explain the goal, it was a bit off the cuff when I got it I hit it and luckily it's gone into the net.

"The game today was a fantastic game and from the start of the game right through to the end was fantastic.

"Our defending and desire to defend our goal was second to none.

"Every lad deserves credit on that pitch and we fully deserve the result."

For his first goal for Town Ryan came up with something special, he was asked if he'd scored one like it before.

"I've not scored one like that before, I've just watched it back and didn't realise how far out I actually was", said Ryan.

"Never say never but I can't see myself scoring one like that for a while.

"It's fallen to Shaun and he's given it to me in space and I've had a go, if you don't shoot you don't score."

The result and performance against a Portsmouth side that many are tipping to win promotion cum the end of the season, will give Town confidence.

"Don't get me wrong Portsmouth are a very, very good side and we knew it would be a tough test", said Ryan.

"To come out of this today as 1-0 winners on the opening day of the season gives us a right buzz going into games over the next few weeks."

It was a game where hard work was needed to get a result against Portsmouth. The result shows the hard work in pre-season has seen a new look Town side gel quickly.

"It wasn't an easy game, it was very much a second ball game with Portsmouth on the front foot wanting to play long, get down the sides and in behind", said Ryan.

"I thought we dealt with them very well and every single player on that pitch deserves credit.

"I believe we deserved the 3 points and it gives us a good standing and let's push on.

"We've played a Portsmouth side who are highly regarded in the league and we've got the result.

"Never write us off, we've got a great bunch of lads in the changing room and we've gelled really, really well."


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