Shrewsbury Town's Mat Sadler will not let his standards slip
Captain Mat Sadler knows he must maintain his performance level if he is to remain a firm favourite with the fans.
Defender Sadler is Shrewsbury’s longest-serving player and has made 183 appearances for the club across two spells.
The 33-year-old was dropped from John Askey’s starting line-up after one match this season. He was left out of the side for defeats at Charlton and against Burton.
Sadler received a strong show of support from fans wanting him back in team, for which the Town stopper is thankful. He returned to the side and helped them to back-to-back clean sheets before a loss at Luton and back-to-back 1-1 draws.
“I didn’t see much of it (the support), my old man lets me know things every now and then but I tell him to stop,” Sadler said.
“That’s great, but they will only always be with me if I continue to perform and do well.
“It’s great to have any sort of backing by anybody so, of course, I really appreciate that. But they’d be the first – and rightly so – to be on your case if your standards dropped.
“I have to maintain those standards and do it to stay in the manager’s team which ultimately is the most important team.
“It’s an opinion’s game and the manager’s counts, but I’m massively thankful for any well-wishes I received.”
Sadler admitted his frustration at being left out of the side and told boss Askey he is not a fan of sitting on the sidelines.
The former Birmingham man made 56 appearance for Town last term.
He added: “I said to the gaffer myself that I’ll never be one of those players that is happy with not playing in any way, shape or form.
“So when I’m not (playing) I’m very disappointed but I’d like to think there’s a bigger picture in helping the lads win being the most important thing. I will always try and do that.
“But again, being back in the team brings no guarantees that I will always be there. You have to produce week in, week out and picking up results goes a long to doing that and maintain that you stay in the team.
“There were times last season that myself, Totes (Nsiala), Omar (Beckles) and Bolts (James Bolton) didn’t have our best games and warranted coming out the team but we picked up results.
“The main thing is we start doing that and fingers crossed everything comes in to place.”