We will learn from Blackburn defeat – Mat Sadler

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published:

Mat Sadler insists Shrewsbury Town have plenty to learn from yesterday's 3-1 defeat at high-flying rivals Blackburn Rovers.

Mat Sadler once again had his head in a bandage at Town's Ewood Park defeat (AMA)

After bouncing back from a poor start, Town were worthy of being on level terms at Ewood Park but two second-half strikes from the hosts undone Paul Hurst's side.

The defeat ended a run of 10 games unbeaten in all competitions for Town and was the first time they had conceded three goals in any fixture this season.

Sadler felt the visitors were guilty of over-playing the ball in tight, defensive areas while Rovers' lively attack were putting Town under pressure.

"We're obviously disappointed, it was a game that we wanted to do well in," said club captain Sadler. "There was a good following and a little bit on the game in respect of second versus third and opening up a little buffer.

"That being said, without a shadow of a doubt there is a fair bit to learn from that game.

"At times we were our own downfall. Playing in areas we shouldn't be playing in and inviting pressure.

"That's something we'll look at with tough times ahead, when we're under the cosh away from home especially when they're trying to set traps, we're a little naive at times.

"That said I thought we were the better team in spells, especially when we passed it and played in front foot areas."


Hurst's men remain in the League One automatic promotion spots but the gap to the third-placed Blackburn has been sliced to two points.

Town now enjoy another break from league action for the FA Cup third round replay at West Ham, before in-form Doncaster visit Montgomery Waters Meadow in the third tier next weekend.

"There is plenty to be positive about, there's no stress, we'll lick our wounds," Sadler added. "We conceded a couple of goals we wouldn't normally do.

"We're disappointed we haven't taken everything when we have done for the majority but it's imperative we learn and take it forward."

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.


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