The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Char­lie Ben­nett

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

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