Lenell John-Lewis credits Shrewsbury Town's 'never say die' attitude after Trophy comeback

By Luke Hatfield | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published:

Lenell John-Lewis has hailed Shrewsbury Town's 'never say die' attitude, after Salop secured passage into the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy with victory over Port Vale.

Lenell John-Lewis (AMA)

The visitors faced an uphill battle from the first minute, with Vale quickly opening the scoring.

But two goals in the second half saw Paul Hurst's men into the last-16 of the competition, which John-Lewis was thankful for.

“It wasn’t easy”, he told

“Obviously first-half we didn’t start well and we went a goal down but I think with the character of the team, which we’ve managed to show a few times this season, we managed to get the win.

“It’s never good to concede in the first minute. It’s a bit of a blow, but you’ve got to gather back together and we managed to keep it at one-nil going into half-time and then came out and tried to win the second-half.”

Whilst there was doubt over who bagged the final goal of the game at Vale Park, John-Lewis admitted that whilst fans might've praised him for the goal - it was actually Shaun Whalley who netted it.

“Shaun scored the winner to be fair”, said John-Lewis.


“The ‘keepers made a great save and it’s hit the post, and I don’t think it was going in, so Shaun had to finish it. He finished it with some panache and he was in the right place at the right time to get the winner.

“I don’t know where the late goals are coming from. I think the character in the team has a never-say-die attitude and it seems to be working, but hopefully we won’t keep it too late in the next game.”

Meanwhile, with Town now just a few games from the final, a potential trip to Wembley could be on the cards, something the striker is certainly looking forward to should they make it through.

“I think you’ve got to”,

“The end goal is the prospect of playing at Wembley and you don’t get that chance many times in your career, if any, so I think you have to take it seriously. It’s realistically a cup that we can try and win, so we have to get excited by it.”

Luke Hatfield

By Luke Hatfield

Digital Sports Journalist with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star.


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