Cooper’s wait­ing on Town de­ci­sion

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn

DEBU­TANT Adam Reach grabbed an early goal be­fore Tom Brad­shaw came off the bench to add a late sec­ond to seal Shrews­bury’s first win of the sea­son and leave Swin­don care­taker man­ager Mark Cooper ad­mit­ting the re­sult did his hopes of the per­ma­nent po­si­tion few favours.

Cooper, the for­mer Peter­bor­ough and Ket­ter­ing boss, ex­pects to find out early next week if he will land the Robins job on a per­ma­nent ba­sis.

But his side's per­for­mance at the Green­hous Meadow did lit­tle to aid his cause.

“I've got a meet­ing with the chair­man and own­ers on Mon­day morn­ing where it will be sorted out,” said Cooper, who had led Swin­don to two wins from their open­ing three games.

“Some­times you had to grind it out and win your per­sonal bat­tles.We lost too many of those.

“We needed to show a bit of ur­gency and we played like a char­ity match.We kept the ball at times but it was like a char­ity game and I could have played in it.”

Con­fronted by a lively Shrews­bury side, the vis­i­tors never se­ri­ously looked ca­pa­ble of ex­tend­ing that bright run.

It took just ten min­utes for Reach, snapped up on a month's loan from Mid­dles­brough, to open his ac­count in a Shrews­bury shirt. Af­ter rob­bing defender Grant Hall on the halfway line, the im­press­sive Eng­land un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional pow­ered for­ward be­fore fir­ing past ad­vanc­ing keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham.

“It was a good goal and he might have had an­other one,” said Shrews­bury boss Gra­ham Turner.

“He can score goals and I think he's scored goals on his de­buts wher­ever he's been. I thought the per­for­mance de­served the win.

“We should have scored more goals but the over­all im­pres­sion was one that we had a good shape, we worked hard, we knew what we were about and we de­served it.”

Shrews­bury could have won by a big­ger mar­gin. Reach was un­for­tu­nate to see a loop­ing header drift just over a minute af­ter his goal, and he also had a smart ef­fort smoth­ered well by Foder­ing­ham in the sec­ond half.

New sign­ing Nile Ranger was in­tro­duced by Cooper to try and en­gi­neer an equaliser but in­stead it was Brad­shaw, sent on by Turner, who wrapped up the points five min­utes from time.

Brad­shaw, 21, had not scored since grab­bing the win­ner win against Ac­cring­ton in Oc­to­ber 2011, but that drought was brought to an end when he showed real com­po­sure in­side the box to fire in hard and low. To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­



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