Shropshire Star

Analysis: Sorry Shrewsbury easily swept aside and fail to lay glove on Blackpool in thumping

As far as Saturday afternoon’s go, Shrewsbury Town’s trip to Blackpool this weekend was as miserable as they come.

Town players react after Kyle Joseph had added Blackpool’s third goal (AMA)

Fresh off the back of a last-gasp victory against Reading the week previously, Town had the chance to ensure the result was not another false dawn.

But unfortunately, anything but the case was true on Saturday.

Most reasonable Shrews fans would not go to Blackpool expecting to win, in fact before the game most would have thought a draw was a good result.

But if you are going to lose, there is a way to do it, and the 4-0 defeat at Blackpool simply was not the way to lose.

If it was a boxing match, the famous phrase they ‘did not lay a glove on their opponent’ would have been true and Blackpool never got out of second gear to win very comfortably.

The away record does not make pretty reading for Shrews, they have lost seven out of their nine on the road, and it is something Matt Taylor has admitted needs addressing, it needs addressing fast.

Early in the season Town were resolute and strong defensively, they were tight at the back keeping plenty of clean sheets, but that seems to have evaporated.

In the five games since the 2-0 defeat at Wigan, Town have now conceded 12 goals, which will disappoint the coaching staff.

They actually started brightly, Tom Bayliss getting in down the right with a wonderful piece of skill and forcing a save from Dan Grimshaw.

But it went downhill from there. Jordan Rhodes gave the visitors the lead when Tom Flanagan brought down the lively Karamoko Dembele in the box.