Shaun Whalley reflects on Town's narrow defeat at the hands of Northampton Town.
Shrewsbury Town's opening home Sky Bet League One fixture ended in defeat as Northampton Town left Shropshire with a 1-2 win.
Despite pulling level through Shaun Whalley in the second-half, Salop were unable to prevent the away side from securing all three points with a 65th-minute winner.
Town winger Shaun Whalley was disappointed with the result but feels Town can take a number of positives away from the game.
On the result
“It’s disappointing. I thought we played well from around 15 minutes onwards. I don’t think we started the game well and Ethan getting injured so early made for a bad start. I thought after they scored, we took total control of the game and when we got the equaliser I thought we were going to go on and win it.
“You have to take encouragement from the performance. At this point, we’ve lost the game but I think we certainly played well enough for a draw. We just have to dust ourselves down and train hard on Monday and play better on Tuesday against Newcastle.”
On his goal and the formation change
“I’ve had a good pre-season and I feel comfortable on the left. I’ve played there a lot for a number of clubs which has helped my confidence in that position. I feel I can score a few more this season than I managed last season so I am enjoying it out there.
“I’ll do my best, no matter where I play. The Gaffer will always have my full support whatever formation he wants to play. We’ve worked incredibly hard on the changes in pre-season and it’s fine by me, it’s what the boys want.
“I think everyone knows I’m a winger but I can play other positions. My bread and butter is that I can play on the wing, it doesn’t mean that I have to stay out wide. Where I’m playing now, suits me down to the ground so I’m delighted.”
On the 1000 Town fans in attendance
“It was brilliant seeing them here. We’re experiencing very strange times at the minute so it was great to see fans here. I just wish we could have got the win for them but hopefully next time, we can have the same if not more down here and hopefully get a win next time as well.”