ADAMS’ LADS RUN SHREWS RAGGED

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Richard Gar­nett

MICKY Adams says that hard work on the train­ing ground was the se­cret as Tran­mere caused a ma­jor up­set with a sur­prise victory over high-fly­ing Shrews­bury.

The Shrews ar­rived at Pren­ton Park with the meanest de­fence in the Foot­ball League but con­ceded two goals in three min­utes mid­way through the first half.

With eight min­utes left, the vis­i­tors pulled one back when Con­nor Goldson headed home from sub­sti­tute Bobby Grant’s cor­ner, but Rovers held on.

Adams said:“Some of the work we’ve done this week, they’ve not par­tic­u­larly en­joyed. I’ve not par­tic­u­larly en­joyed see­ing them run with­out a ball – but I felt it was nec­es­sary.

“They could’ve eas­ily thought ‘we’re play­ing top of the league and we’re go­ing to get beat’, but we never had that at­ti­tude from the off.We were ready and we were at it and re­ally 2-0 at half-time could have been three or four.”

The vis­i­tors al­most took the lead on 20 min­utes when Ty­rone Bar­nett was inches away from steer­ing in James Collins’ whipped cross from the left.

But Tran­mere drew first blood on the half hour mark when Marc Laird broke free and played in Rory Donnelly who clin­i­cally stroked the ball past Jayson Leutwiler.

That lead was dou­bled only three min­utes later when in­de­ci­sion in the Shrews­bury de­fence was cap­i­talised on by full-back Danny Holmes, who drilled the ball into the net from the edge of the penalty area. Jen­ni­son Myrie-Wil­liams al­most added a third be­fore half-time when his bril­liant curl­ing right foot shot hit the base of the post.

Just be­fore the in­ter­val, Owain Fon Wil­liams made a cru­cial dou­ble save to deny Grant then Collins. Max Power came close to ex­tend­ing Rovers’ lead on 62 min­utes when his 20-yard free-kick was tipped wide by Leutwiler.

Be­fore pulling a goal back through Goldson, Shrews­bury’s Micky Demetriou re­ceived lengthy treat­ment on the pitch for a se­ri­ous look­ing neck in­jury fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with Kay­ode Ode­jayi.

The hold up in play pro­duced 11 min­utes of in­jury time, dur­ing which Ty­rone Bar­nett volleyed over for the vis­i­tors from 12 yards be­fore Collins hit the bar fol­low­ing an­other Grant cor­ner, but it was Rovers who earned a gutsy win.

Shrews manager Micky Mel­lon said: “We’re dis­ap­pointed with the two goals we gave away. If you give your­self a moun­tain to climb like that, con­ced­ing two goals like we did, it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for us.

“I thought we tried to turn it into a bit of a cup tie, which we did in the end but there was an aw­ful lot of stop starts, which I think we strug­gled to gain any mo­men­tum from.

“We gave it ev­ery­thing that we could, flung play­ers on to try and cre­ate as much threat as we could.

“What I’m most dis­ap­pointed about is I’ve got a player who’s been rushed to hos­pi­tal. I just can’t be­lieve that we didn’t even get a free kick for that in­ci­dent.”

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