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MANAGER'S VERDICT: SHREWSBURY TOWN (A)

3 November 2020

JAKE Buxton felt his side's performance deserved three points against Shrewsbury Town - but said the Brewers still needed to deal with the controversial late corner that led to the hosts’ equaliser.

Despite captain John Brayford insisting the ball came off a Shrews player last, a corner was given as time ticked on in last night’s game, with Daniel Udoh shooting from that set piece at Kieran O’Hara in the 99th minute.

O’Hara made the block but the assistant referee flagged that the ball had crossed the line - rescuing a point for the hosts, much to the frustration of the Brewers defence who had been resolute and solid throughout.

While Buxton was frustrated with some of the decisions, his main thought was Albion needing to defend the corner better, once it had been given - but remained much happier with his side's performance on the night.

“I was surprised at six minutes (being added on), and then for it to get to eight, but we don’t blame anybody else other than ourselves,” said Buxton.

“Whatever decisions are made and whatever decisions go against you, you have to do your job. We felt we could have dealt with the first cross and then when it’s punched, you want to land on the second ball.

“John Brayford was outstanding along with Sam Hughes, away from home. They know their performance warranted a clean sheet, as they were outstanding defensively.

“Everybody to a man in the team did their job away from home, worked hard and nullified Shrewsbury - but ultimately we didn’t do our jobs in the final stages of the game.

“It is what it is and my job is to make sure the group stays as positive as it can. I’ll not lie to you, the lads are on their knees in (the changing room) because they expected to get three points after the performance and efforts put in, and we believe we should have done.

“But we didn’t and we have to move on. We’ve got the FA Cup on Sunday and we’ll move on quite quickly.”


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