Shropshire Star

Analysis: Fans can draw comfort as Matt Taylor’s Shrewsbury charges impress

It is always dangerous to read too much into pre-season friendlies.

Coventry City's Kasey Palmer (left) and Shrewsbury Town's Daniel Udoh

Sometimes teams win all their games and look superb in the build-up to a season, then can’t translate that into results at the start of the league campaign.

On other occasions it’s the complete opposite.

However, for a Shrewsbury side effectively only three weeks into work under new head coach Matt Taylor, having been shorn of a couple of key and experienced figures in Matthew Pennington and skipper Luke Leahy, this was a very positive afternoon’s work.

Against a Coventry team which was pretty much a penalty-kick away from the Premier League, Town looked organised, together, bright and caused plenty of problems going forward.

Not to mention getting another 90 minutes of vital fitness work in the locker in heavy and sodden conditions which were as far removed from a stereotypical mid-July friendly as you could wish to find.

The Sky Blues probably aren’t at full throttle just yet, they will be aiming for higher standards to follow up on their excellent season last time out when they got so close to reaching the Promised Land.