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Luke Leahy discusses today's narrow defeat

6 August 2022

Shrewsbury Town's newly appointed club captain Luke Leahy spoke to the press after the 1-0 loss to Accrington Stanley at the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

The versatile midfielder played over 40 games for Salop last season and scored nine goals and played the whole 90 minutes in today's game against Stanley.

Leahy spoke about multiple topics after the game, such as the red card decision, Accrington's goal, and Shrewsbury's best chances.

Tom Flanagan’s red card:

“I was very close to everything that happened and I just remember Marko Marosi following their boy because he felt he got caught. Tom Flanagan just dragged him to the floor, but the boy fell on the Accrington player who was already on the floor. You have the linesman, the fourth official, and the referee and they have a variety of views. The linesman had said to the referee that number 33 should be sent off and when the referee did book him, I went up to him and asked him why and he just said the first one was for getting involved in the melee and the other for retaliating. I have just watched it back and I still don’t understand what the referee saw but that is not the reason we lost the game today as we were not good enough in our play. We did have a good few chances but we did not put them away and we now have to start putting them in the back of the net as we could have easily come away with a draw or a 1-0 win.“

Best chances:

“They started the game better than us and they put their formation onto us quicker than we did to them but as the game went on and chances went by it was us that seemed on top, and we had good chances that their keeper saved. In the second half, we had balls flashing across their box and balls bouncing in the box as well that we should have got the first toe to and that is where we need to be brave and poke it in. Failing that, we need to know the contact is there and try and get a penalty and we need to work hard to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Accrington’s goal:

“Last year we went down to ten men a lot and in that time, we showed real resilience to see the game out, but today we dropped too deep. We never got out to stop the cross and then Tommy Leigh has a free header. The cross came from far out and we give them the chance to get a header on goal and that is something we will work on and look back on and talk about as a group and try to improve.“

Dan Udoh’s return:

“It was great to see, and I know first-hand how hard it has been for him to get back fit and get that niggle off. Fair play to him for coming back and it was great to have him back as he was superb for us last season, and hopefully, once he finds his feet again, he will start to produce goals.”

Carlise game coming up:

“I think if it is cup or league, we need to win games and get that winning feeling at the football club and it has to start on Tuesday. Even though they're a league below it will be challenging as there are no easy games in the EFL. Last year our FA Cup game was tough against them, and it will be no different on Tuesday.“

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