Goalkeeper Chris Weale insists Shrewsbury Town will not dwell on their last-gasp setback at Notts County – as Jermaine Grandison admitted it knocked the gloss off “the best goal of my career.”
A super solo effort from Grandison put Shrewsbury 2-1 in front at Meadow Lane shortly after the hour mark, only for the hosts to fight back to snatch all three points with Lee Hughes grabbing the winner with three minutes remaining.
But Weale is confident Shrewsbury – who now face a home double header against Scunthorpe and Coventry – won’t be affected by the late reversal.
“They are probably the best team we have played so far,” said the former Leicester shot-stopper. “I was impressed with them and their delivery from set plays and widewas very good.
“Having said that, we should be coming away with at least a point if not three.
“I think everyone (fancied us) when we went 2-1 up with an unbelievable goal from Jermaine but we got the sucker punch straight away.
“We have to remain upbeat and positive and not let a defeat affect us. We are creating chances and scoring goals. We seem to be playing teams on the up and doing well but our performances have been very good.”
Meanwhile, Grandison was deflated that his goal – from a mazy run, beating four County defenders – couldn’t affect the outcome.
“It’s definitely my best goal and I was happy with it but it doesn’t really count for anything which is disappointing,” he said.
“I intercepted the ball, saw the space and just ran. As soon as I started I felt I could go all the way and once I got there I just slotted it in the bottom corner.”
Town have been drawn at home to Crewe in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. The tie will be played in the week commencing October 8.
Young forward Tom Bradshaw was hoping to make his latest international appearance this afternoon. He was part of the Welsh squad in Under 21 action in the Czech Republic.