Popular hitman Freddie Ladapo is over his hamstring injury for tomorrow’s visit of AFC Wimbledon, but Paul Hurst has declared: “We’re not a one-man show.”
The Crystal Palace loanee has four goals in five Shrewsbury starts but was sidelined for Tuesday’s defeat at Peterborough that ended Salop’s six-match unbeaten run
Town welcome the Dons to Greenhous Meadow tomorrow, who sit four places and four points clear of Hurst’s side in 14th.
Ladapo, who is becoming a firm favourite with his celebratory dances, has notched four goals – all match-winners – since he became Hurst’s third Shrewsbury signing in January. But the boss was keen to spread the praise throughout his squad.
“He’s trained and providing there’s nothing in terms of reaction he’ll be involved,” said Hurst. “He’s getting a lot of press and everybody seems to be speaking about him.
“I’m not putting Freddie down but, speaking myself and within the camp, it’s a lot more than a one-man show, that’s for sure.
“I appreciate he’s got some important goals and hopefully that can continue.”
Town’s six-game unbeaten run, which included last weekend’s remarkable success at high-flying Scunthorpe, was ended at London Road on Tuesday, where Posh took advantage of Stephen Humphrys’ second-half red card.
Hurst added: “The saying is, if you fall off then you get back on – that’s what we need to do and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.
“Nothing is determined on one single game. Any time you lose a game, and I don’t like losing, the idea is that you put a squad together to make the losses happen on a less regular basis.”
The clash against Neal Ardley’s Dons brings to an end a challenging three-game week for Town and Hurst would be delighted with a six-point return.
“I’d have snatched your hand off for six points,” he said. “I certainly said three points from the two away games, 100 per cent.
“As a manager you want to keep your unbeaten run going. We could have extended our unbeaten run (with two draws) but been a point worse off.
“If we could finish this week with a win against Wimbledon and take six points then I think, realistically, we’d be over the moon.”
Humphrys, who scored from the spot before his dismissal at Peterborough, misses out with a one-match ban, while Stefan Payne (metatarsal) is out. Stand-in skipper Abu Ogogo (knee) was due his scan results today.Subscribe to our Newsletter