It’s been a slow start for Shrewsbury Town to the 21/22 season and one not any fan would have wanted to see.
The Shrews are yet to win a game, losing their first four whilst also failing to score. Steve Cotterill’s side were well beaten by Plymouth Argyle 3-0 at home at the weekend and it’s left many wondering where the Shropshire side goes from here.
Cotterill has tried to progress the side into a more possession-based game, rather than sitting deep and hitting teams on the break, and it’s not something Shrews legend Dave Edwards particular agrees on.
He told Shropshire Star: “He [Steve Cotterill] feels we’d be going backward in shutting up shop and playing on the counter. But there doesn’t seem to be much confidence in the side or momentum being built, maybe it is time – until he gets the transfers in – to revert for one or two games in a bid for damage limitation at the moment.”
But Edwards also admitted a longer-term issue that has impacted Shrewsbury, and that’s scoring goals: “Unfortunately, it’s the same old problem that has been going on for decades. Apart from the odd season here and there, we don’t score goals.
On Saturday in particular, there were a few half-chances, but failing to hit the target – I saw a stat of seven shots on target in four games – that’s really poor and clearly where the issue lies.”
There is still plenty of time left in the season for Shrewsbury to pick up results. A bad start is always difficult but Steve Cotterill has the experience and the squad to claw the points back.
Adding new signings like Sam Cosgrove, Elliott Bennett and Ryan Bowman to an already quality squad will surely mean it’s only a matter of time before Cotterill’s players start picking up points.