Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner today began plotting an immediate response to “our worst performance for quite some time.”
Town’s record-breaking 34-game unbeaten home run came to an end on Saturday with Scunthorpe claiming a 1-0 victory, their first League One success of the season.
Leon Clarke’s fifth minute header proved crucial in condemning Shrewsbury to their first Greenhous Meadow defeat since 1 March 2011. Turner issued an honest appraisal of his side’s display and wants to bounce back when they entertain Coventry tomorrow night.
He said: “There weren’t too many positives to take.
“I thought it was our worst performance for quite some time. You always counter that by looking at the opposition.
“They had some decent players and good movement and we gave them a start.
“That doesn’t half boost their confidence, especially a side near the bottom of the table, when you give them a start in the manner which we did.
“Our own passing game seemed to be missing and we didn’t really cause them too many problems. It’s probably the first time this season we haven’t created very many chances.
“It was unusual for us. The opposition got on top of the game. The majority of the Scunthorpe players came out on top in their individual battles and, when you have got a situation like that, it’s very difficult to get the right result.
“We now have to look forward. It’s good to have a game so quickly afterwards and it’s good it’s a club the size of Coventry.”
Defeat saw Shrewsbury’s longest-ever unbeaten home run in all competitions brought to an end, on an afternoon when they could have beaten the club’s home League record for games without a loss, 32.
Turner added: “We never looked like defending the 34-game unbeaten run.
“That run was going to come to an end at some time but the manner in which it did was disappointing.
“But we have to keep everyone together and keep everyone working.
“They are a decent group of players. They didn’t do what they did Saturday deliberately and I’m sure that we are capable of getting back to our normal form very quickly.”