Wrexham AFC defeat not the end of the world - Ollie Shenton


Richard Williams

OLLIE SHENTON says Wrexham must “stick together” and not allow defeat against Aldershot Town to halt the progress being made.

Wrexham’s six game unbeaten run came to an end as the Reds lost 2-0 to Aldershot at The Racecourse on Saturday.

Although they had chances in the first half, Wrexham were poor after the break and Aldershot, well on top, scored twice to maintain their play-off challenge.

Still 10th in the National League after losing for the first time since going down at Southport on New Year’s Day, Wrexham head to Solihull Moors next weekend and Shenton is determined to bounce back.

“It was good to get another start but it was a disappointing game,” said Shenton, who is on loan from Premier League side Stoke City until the end of the season.

“I thought we did alright first half but we never really got going in the second half. 

“We needed that extra 10, 15, 20 per cent and I thought we would have got something but you have got to give Aldershot credit.

“I thought they were a good team and they deserved the win.

“We just didn’t create much second half and couldn’t get out of our own half.

“Credit to them, they kept at it and deservedly took the lead which is frustrating for us.

“We have to go again on Saturday. We have got to stick together and try to get a positive result at Solihull.”

Wrexham have got 12 matches remaining and Shenton says the objective is to try and pick up as many wins as possible.

“We have just got to take each game as it comes,” said Shenton. “We just want to do well as a team.

“Obviously the main thing is three points every week.

“We are not far away I wouldn’t say. We are still a new team with new players here but it was frustrating to lose on Saturday.”

Shenton made his senior Stoke debut in August 2014 as a substitute in the League Cup win over Portsmouth.

A Premier League debut came in February 2015, again coming off the bench, in the home defeat against Manchester City, but Shenton’s performances for Stoke under 21s earned him a new four-and-a-half year contract in January, keeping him with Mark Hughes’ side until the summer of 2020.

Shenton has started the last four games for Wrexham having made his debut as a sub in the derby draw at Chester and the 19-year-old is pleased with how things are going at The Racecourse.

“I am happy to get a run in the side,” said Shenton. “I have just got to keep working hard in training and hopefully stay there for the season but I know it is not easy because there are other lads who are not getting a game.

“But I want to be playing every week so I have just got to keep chipping away at my game.

“I keep in contact with Stoke’s under 21 manager, Glyn Hodges.

“He is ringing me about twice a week and asking how I am doing, and he says he is getting positive feedback from Wrexham.”

Shenton would also like to get on the scoresheet during his time with the Reds.

“Hopefully I play a lot of games and it would be nice to get a few goals to help the team,” added Shenton.

“I have chipped in now and then for Stoke under 21s but it is more about creating goals and setting them up.

“But obviously it is nice to get on the scoresheet as well.”

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