West­ley’s fum­ing at Steve­nage no-show

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

JON Tay­lor’s cool fin­ish proved the dif­fer­ence as he lifted Shrews­bury’s hopes of pulling off a great es­cape from rel­e­ga­tion and plunged Steve­nage deeper into dan­ger.

Top-scorer Tay­lor, Shrews­bury’s long­est serv­ing player, fin­ished in the 57th minute to seal a hard-earned win for Mike Jack­son’s side with his eighth goal of the sea­son.

The hosts lost Asa Hall to a sec­ond book­able of­fence eight min­utes from time and then it was all hands to the pump dur­ing seven min­utes of stop­page time.

“It was a good win,” said Jack­son. “It got a bit stress­ful to­wards the end.

“A big credit goes to the play­ers. Ev­ery­thing for me should be about them and our crowd, noone else. It’s not about me or the staff, it’s about that group of play­ers and those fans hav­ing a con­nec­tion.”

Jack­son re­served a spe­cial men­tion for match-win­ner Tay­lor who fin­ished well.

Luke Free­man lost the ball to Do­minic Iorfa 25 yards from his own goal and was em­phat­i­cally pun­ished.

Jack­son added:“It’s an­other goal for Jon. I said to him be­fore the game to go and get an­other goal and get into dou­ble fig­ures. For a wide­man that’s ex­cel­lent.”

Shrews­bury made much of the early run­ning with vis­it­ing keeper Chris Day twice ex­tended to deal with shots from dis­tance from Tay­lor and skip­per Tamika Mkan­dawire.

Steve­nage showed lit­tle go­ing for­ward un­til just be­fore the in­ter­val when Lukas Akins fired straight at Chris Weale from dis­tance. The re­called Shrews­bury keeper then stopped a close range header from Fran­cois Zoko.

Day came to Steve­nage’s res­cue again a minute into the sec­ond half, sav­ing briliantly from Paul Parry but he was pow­er­less to keep out Tay­lor’s de­ci­sive strike. Hall’s red card saw the vis­i­tors com­mit more men for­ward but Iorfa missed a great late chance.

Man­ager Gra­ham West­ley said:“I hope the play­ers learn and face facts that this is dif­fi­cult and you have to play with courage. “Not when things have gone wrong and in re­ac­tion to that but you have to play with courage from the out­set.

“What we didn’t show was enough qual­ity and de­sire to take our game for­ward in the early stages.We al­lowed them to get a foothold.

“Sure, they had a home crowd, the home en­vi­ron­ment, they had the con­di­tions, and those are fac­tors, but we didn’t show enough courage.

“It takes big men, big play­ers, to pull the shirts on and go out there and per­form.”

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