Graham Turner urged his players for a response following last week’s poor home defeat, and didn’t he get one writes new Shrewsbury Town blogger Rob Roden.
Making four changes to the side that lost to Scunthorpe ending Town’s 34 match unbeaten run at the Greenhous Meadow, Salop bounced back in style.
The 4-1 victory over Coventry means we can forget the Scunthorpe game, after a far better level of performance. Town showed great character and determination to get that poor performance out of their system. The result demolishes any sour notes left from last week and fills the side full on confidence again ahead of the tip to Hartlepool.
Changes to the side were always going to be evident on Tuesday, but the only surprise was Tom Bradshaw being left out of the starting line-up. He made his first start of the season against Scunthorpe and, granted, he didn’t have the best of games along with everybody else. Having not played too much first team football, he doesn’t look as sharp as he did a few seasons ago.
But the only way this is going to improve is for Bradshaw to play regular football, if not for us then by sending him out on loan to get valuable match time. I believe Tom is a good player with bags of potential, but he needs game time and a fair run in the team to prove himself.
It was great to score four goals but it doesn’t hide the fact the Shrewsbury still need another striker. Graham Turner has spoken openly about attempting to bring in a talisman and missed out on Monday in not bringing a player in.
We haven't got anybody who can replace the 16 goals that James Collins scored last season and Turner has being working hard on bringing in the right kind of player who will improve the side and fit in to the working mentality of the team.
Let’s hope we get a reasonable amount of compensation from the James Collins tribunal and this can be used in our search for a top quality striker.