Shrewsbury Town: Boss Paul Hurst has done 'fantastically', says Shaun Whalley

Shaun Whalley was brought to Shrewsbury by previous Town manager Micky Mellon in June 2015
Shaun Whalley was brought to Shrewsbury by previous Town manager Micky Mellon in June 2015

Shrewsbury midfielder Shaun Whalley says they have become more 'structured' since Paul Hurst took over as manager.

Hurst, who took charge on 24 October, has helped the team go on a six-match unbeaten run which has lifted them away from the League One relegation zone.

"We're not out of it yet," Whalley told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"He's done fantastically. If I knew how he's done it, I'd be a manager too by now, because I'd know the secret formula. But it's organisation really."

He added: "You think 50 points to stay up. We're on 35. We're not there yet.

"I know we're six games unbeaten, but the gaffer's never been complacent. Every game he gets back on the mentality of not losing.

"We're a bit more structured now. We've kept a lot of clean sheets and we always look dangerous on the break."

The great Shrewsbury Town turnaround

  • Town were bottom of the table with just 10 points from 15 games when Hurst arrived from Grimsby.
  • They were still second bottom at the turn of the year, on 2 January, with 21 points from 25 games.
  • But they have now picked up 14 points out of a possible 18 to climb to 17th, five points clear of danger.
  • In those six matches, they have conceded just three goals, keeping three clean sheets.
  • In total, in 20 matches in all competitions under Paul Hurst, they have lost just six of them.
Freddie Ladapo was Shrewsbury's matchwinner again at Glanford Park against Scunthorpe
Freddie Ladapo (number 19) has scored four goals in six appearances for Shrewsbury

The debt Shrewsbury owe to the Palace

Saturday's 1-0 win at League One leaders Scunthorpe is the highlight of Shrewsbury's inspired run since the reopening of the transfer window.

During January they brought in four new loan strikers, one of whom, Crystal Palace's Freddie Ladapo, has now hit four matchwinning goals.

That follows in the footsteps of another Palace loan man, Sullay Kaikai, whose 12 goals in 26 games kept Town up last season.

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