Rob­bery, cries an ir­ri­tated Ed­in­burgh

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Les Scott

NORTHAMP­TON boss Justin Ed­in­burgh was left to rue two con­tro­ver­sial ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions as Shrews­bury nicked an open­ing day vic­tory at the death.

A goal two min­utes into added time by Lenell John-Lewis gave Paul Hurst’s Shrews­bury the per­fect start, but the score­line was tough on Northamp­ton, who were de­serv­ing of a point.

Cob­blers man­ager Ed­in­burgh was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed his side were not awarded two penal­ties.

Two might be push­ing it, but Ed­in­burgh had a case as far as the sec­ond ap­peal was con­cerned, with ref­eree Se­bas­tian Stock­bridge award­ing a free-kick on the edge of the box when Chris Long’s heels were clipped by Aris­tote Nsiala, with the of­fence tak­ing place in­side the penalty area.

“If the ref­eree had not given the free-kick, I would have no grum­bles,” said Ed­in­burgh.

“But he saw the foul, gave it and it should have been a penalty be­cause Chris Long was brought down in­side the box.

“Un­til Shrews­bury scuffed one in at the death, we didn’t look like con­ced­ing. We kept our shape and we were well-or­gan­ised. I can’t re­call Shrews­bury hav­ing an ef­fort of note on tar­get un­til the goal.

“To con­cede so late is very dis­ap­point­ing but we saw enough to make us be­lieve we are on the right track.”

Shrews­bury dom­i­nated the first pe­riod but couldn’t find a way through a Northamp­ton de­fence well-mar­shalled by debu­tants Ash Tay­lor and Aaron Pierre.

It was Northamp­ton, against the run of play, who came clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock. Dean Bowditch’s ef­fort from the right beat on­loan Manch­ester United keeper Dean Hen­der­son, only for Nsiala to clear off the line.

Northamp­ton played much bet­ter in the sec­ond pe­riod, David Buchanan and sub­sti­tute Alex Rev­ell both go­ing close.

Shrews­bury con­tin­ued to prod and probe and two min­utes into added time, John-Lewis se­cured the points for the home side when his left-foot ef­fort found the corner of David Cor­nell’s net.

“I am de­lighted with the per­for­mance and the points,” said Shrews­bury boss Paul Hurst. “If we had re­sorted to the long-ball game, we would have lost for sure.

“I said be­fore the game, this match would be close and tight.

“We told Lenell JohnLewis to get out there, put him­self about and have a go. He did and, credit to him – he won us the game.”

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