EFFORT PAYS OFF FOR THE SHREWS
SHREWSBURY’S impressive upturn in results under manager Paul Hurst is all down to one reason, according to defender Mat Sadler – hard work.
The Shrews looked destined for League Two as their poor start to the season left them in the relegation zone and results did not initially improve when Hurst arrived in October to replace the Tranmere-bound Micky Mellon.
But since the turn of the year, Shrewsbury have become a real force and February brought four wins from six games as they motored away from the bottom four.
And defender Sadler insists an enhanced collective work ethic is the secret.
“I think the work rate has gone up, that’s evident,” the 32-year-old said.
“The centre-forwards have worked their socks off and when they haven’t and it’s come down a level, we feel that, so we need them working their socks off.
“Fundamentally, we’ve run a bit further and worked a bit harder and the key with anything like this is continuing that.
“You always get a reaction when a new manager comes in, but I think it’s gone beyond that now, it’s a pre-requisite of being in the team and if we fall short of that we know about it.”
GRAFT: Mat Sadler