It’s win or bust for Shrews, says Tom

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Carl Yeats

IT’S three wins from three or rel­e­ga­tion for Shrews­bury Town ac­cord­ing to striker Tom Brad­shaw af­ter ad­mit­ting his side failed to turn up against fel­low strug­glers Crewe.

Goals from Mathias Pogba, Uche Ik­peazu and Anthony Grant did the dam­age for Crewe with sub­sti­tute Brad­shaw’s stop­page-time strike lit­tle more than a con­so­la­tion for the hosts.

It leaves Shrews­bury five points from safety with just three matches re­main­ing al­though Brad­shaw be­lieves his side will need max­i­mum re­turns af­ter miss­ing the op­por­tu­nity to boost their sur­vival hopes on Fri­day.

“They were beat­able, we just didn’t turn up. Be­ing 3-0 down against one of your rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals at home is nowhere near good enough,” he said.

“It’s not a great dress­ing room to be in. A lot of the fans hoped and in some re­spect the play­ers, saw it as the big game.

“We’ve got to get all nine points, six points is not go­ing to be enough. We’ve got to back our­selves, it’s not a mat­ter of if we can, we have to, it’s not a choice.

“It’s hard to pin­point where we’re go­ing wrong. It’s not an ef­fort thing be­cause who­ever says we’re not putting ef­fort in, that’s not cor­rect.

“Some­times it just doesn’t work out but it’s some­thing that’s hap­pened too of­ten and it’s some­thing we need to put right sharpish.”

With leading scorer Chuks Aneke sus­pended, Crewe re­called Pogba to the start­ing line-up and he duly de­liv­ered, pow­er­ing home his 38th minute header.

Shrews­bury tried to hit back im­me­di­ately but saw Tom Eaves closerange ef­fort blocked be­fore find­ing them­selves 2-0 down six min­utes af­ter the break when Ik­peazu bent his shot into the top cor­ner.

The hosts pushed for­ward in search of a way back but were stung again on 89 min­utes when Grant broke away from the half­way line be­fore slid­ing the ball home.

Brad­shaw added a late goal for the hosts but it was Crewe who recorded their third suc­ces­sive away win.

“I am pleased be­cause there was pres­sure on this game but we got the ball down and played our foot­ball and I thought we were the bet­ter team,” said man­ager Steve Davis.

“It is not easy to show that courage and com­po­sure but they did it.We had to bat­tle at times and de­fend well but I thought we de­served to win the game and we scored some good goals.

“I’ve said we have a four game league and that is one game gone so now we have to fo­cus on Mon­day and see where that one takes us.”

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