ADAMS’ LADS RUN SHREWS RAGGED
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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