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Nathan Thomas: Shrewsbury hungry for automatic promotion

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published: | Last Updated:

Shrewsbury match-winner Nathan Thomas insists Town's sights are firmly set on automatic promotion after returning to the top of League One.

Nathan Thomas of Shrewsbury Town celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-2 (AMA)

Deadline day signing Thomas created Shaun Whalley's opener before netting a late winner at Fleetwood after arriving as an early sub in another dramatic night for Paul Hurst's side.

The 23-year-old, who has struggled for minutes at his parent club Sheffield United, sent the travelling Town fans into raptures with his 82nd minute winner.

And after Wigan suffered a second consecutive defeat, Thomas explained the confidence and belief that he and his new team-mates have in promotion.

"It was a great time to score for the boys and it's another three points for the boys and step in the right direction of where we want to go this season," he said.

"We've got every intention of getting promotion - and automatically. As long as we keep the wins coming and the goals going in I'm sure we'll get promotion.

"I thought we did really well. The goal we conceded was really poor from out point of view, the boys were really disappointed, but the team has got a lot of character."

He assisted fellow winger Whalley with the opener on the stroke of half-time with a wicked ball from the left flank. "We've been working on it in training," he added. "I put the ball in an area and he read it really well. Great timing and he nails it in the far corner."

And on the magic winner, Thomas said: "I'm thinking that I'm going to get a shot this time because the last couple I over-ran a bit.

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"As I've come inside I've seen the gap and it was more of a toe-poke to get it under the keeper. It was a great feeling when it hit the net.

"We've took the blow of conceding, come back and we're top of the league, everyone can chase up now.

"I think all goals are special. When they're the winners late on they're a little bit more special. I'm not sure how many are here but it's a freezing cold night and we're miles away so, for the people who have took their time to come and watch, it's the very least we can do to send them home happy feeling great."

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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