Shrewsbury Town Boss Acknowledges Mounting Pressure

After a recent poor spell, Shrewsbury Town have began to fall further down the League One table and the pressure is starting to mount on manager Matt Taylor to turn things around.

Shrewsbury are at serious risk of being dragged into the relegation battle given their current form which has seen them gain just three points from their last six games.

As a result, Taylor’s side now find themselves in 17th, having at one point been knocking on the door of the top ten. It now seems as if Salop are more focused on survival rather than progression this season.

Fortunately for Taylor, his side do still have a seven-point buffer to the relegation zone which is a significant number at this point in the season. It is however quite a worry that during that six game spell, every team below them bar Charlie Adam’s Fleetwood Town have taken more points during that run.

Adding to that, five of the seven teams below Salop have at least one game in hand with both Reading and Cheltenham Town with multiple. Therefore, they could indeed slip further down the table once those games in hand have been played.

With a league-low 17 goals in 27 games it is easy to see where the problems lie at the Croud Meadow, but little has been done to address those said problems so far this January transfer window.

A new signing could really rejuvenate the squad, who have been lacklustre to say the least in recent weeks. The pressure is mounting on Taylor but the manager is not too worried just yet.

Speaking to the Shropshire Star, Taylor acknowledged that his side must play better in the coming weeks and start to pick up some points.

“This job, regardless of what anybody tells you, is not about performances, it is about results.”

“My job is to deliver results for the football club, and at the moment, after Saturday against Stevenage, we did not deliver the result.

“That is my responsibility, I cannot stand here and be willing to accept this job if I am not willing to take responsibility.

“It is part and parcel of football. Do I relish and enjoy that responsibility? Yes, but if are going to do that then you have got to be able to take the criticism that comes along with it.

“I have no issue with that as it is football at the end of the day.”

Writer’s View

It is quite brave of Taylor to address the pressure in the way in which he did but it does seem like the pressure is beginning to get to both him and more so his players. It is paramount that there are new additions to the squad this January or there could be some real problems towards the end of the season.

The task at hand does not get any easier with a trip to high-flyers Peterborough United on Saturday. A loss will only put more pressure on Taylor’s job and that looks the likeliest result given the two sides’ contrasting recent form.

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