It’s win or bust for Shrews, says Tom
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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