Relax and goals will flow – John Askey vows to his Shrewsbury players
Boss John Askey wants his goal-shy Shrewsbury team to relax in front of goal and let their natural ability help them hit the back of the net.
Town welcome Southend to Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow still searching for a first League One win of the season at the eighth attempt.
Askey’s men are 22nd in the early standings and the third-lowest scorers in the division.
But Town have, at times, dominated games and don’t feel they have the points tally to reflect that. Askey wants his side to show improved composure against 16th-placed Shrimpers, and believes goals and results will begin to snowball.
He said: “Defensively as a team we look quite solid. We need to score more goals. We probably need to make one or two more chances.
“Over the last two or three games, especially, it’s been coming together, hopefully we can keep improving, starting with Saturday.
“If you can get a goal or two, especially at home, it snowballs and more confidence comes and you control the game even better.
“We’ve got to do better in front of goal. The one that came across for Lenny (John-Lewis at Portsmouth) and was a yard out but went the other side of the post – we’ve got to put those away.
“Shots from outside the box, they’re just going inches wide, they’ve got to start going in the corners or hitting the target.”
Town, who have a league-high draw total of four, have only lost once in six games, but shipping a number of penalties in recent weeks has denied Askey’s men three-point hauls.
He continued: “Mainly we have that extra touch and are trying to be too sure. Once we do start to hit the back of the net then those things change.
“When you are used to scoring you don’t think as much and hopefully that’ll be the case in the next few weeks, we start taking our chances and it becomes natural, like it is in training.”
Ahead of the visit of Southend, who have lost more league games (four) than Salop this term, Askey is confident of the attacking options in his ranks.
“If you go through the team, most of them are forward-thinking, you’ve got (Alex) Gilliead, Shaun (Whalley), whoever the centre-forward is, Ollie Norburn, (Josh) Laurent, (Greg) Docherty, they’re all forward-thinking players,” he added.
“With those on the park, you feel as though you’re going to create chances.”
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