John Askey delighted to reward patient Shrewsbury Town supporters
Relieved Town chief John Askey was delighted to reward Shrewsbury fans for their loyal support with a first win of the season.
Yesterday's 2-0 victory over Southend was Town's first win under their new boss at the tenth time of asking in all competitions and the eighth game of the League One season.
First-half strikes from Greg Docherty and Lee Angol were the difference as Salop eased to a comfortable victory to win for the first time in the league since the play-off semi-final second leg against Charlton in May.
Askey has been grateful of the Town supporters' patience as his side have failed to claim the wins their performances have often merited this term.
He said: "It (the early goal) gets the crowd behind you, and that's the main thing.
"Lee's goal, just going into half-time, was obviously a big factor in settling us for the second half.
"I think they (the fans) have been really patient. Even when we weren't winning, they continued to get behind the players and show me what good supporters they are.
"They are very vocal and it's nice to see the supporters rewarded and they can go home, have a pint and enjoy going to work on Monday morning."
Docherty's fourth-minute opener was the first Salop league goal to be scored at the Salop Leisure South Stand – which houses the safe standing support – this season.
Angol's goal came in first-half added time and killed off any Southend resistance.
Right-back Josh Emmanuel, on-loan from Ipswich, was one of a number of Town players who caught the eye in an impressive team display.
"He looked strong, didn't he? He looks strong and a really good player," Askey said of the 21-year-old making his Town home debut.
"I thought he did at Portsmouth and we saw it again. I can't remember their wide player going past him and they've got decent players.
"Josh has got a really good tempo, he's very strong and is a good player."