Shaw relieved to be back in the reckoning

Town striker Jon Shaw was delighted to finally get his chance to impress boss John Still in the 1-0 win over Stockport County on Tuesday night, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 21st March 2013, 9:29 am
Jon Shaw challenges for a header on Tuesday night
Jon Shaw challenges for a header on Tuesday night

The 29-year-old has been injured since Still took over from Paul Buckle, but was back in the starting line-up after missing the last seven games.

He said: “When a new manager comes in, you want to try and get out there and show him what you’ve got. Although I’m sure he’s seen me before, it’s a bit a frustrating when he comes in and you’re injured.

“You have to bide your time, come back in and I put myself about for 90 minutes which I didn’t think I was going to get, but it felt good.

“I won my fair share of headers, it was a bit frustrating towards the end with the crosses and I started venting a little bit when I got tired.

“But it was good to see them coming in and the gaffer’s aware that I enjoy them.”

Shaw was played up front in a central role alongside Andre Gray, a position that supporters have been crying out for him to be deployed in after he was far too often pushed out wide under former boss Paul Buckle.

Speaking about his role in the side, Shaw continued: “It was frustrating to play out there but I understand exactly why I was playing out there.

“I got on really well with the previous manager and interim lads when they came in.

“But where I’ve scored my goals throughout my career is no secret to anybody.

“I’ve played down the middle with crosses coming in, so that’s the way he likes to play and the way I like to play too.

“We’re trying to build on what the manager wants us to do, that’s work hard and that’s my game.”

It’s been an incredibly frustrating year for Shaw so far, as he was heralded as the major signing in the summer, after netting 35 goals for Gateshead.

He has managed just nine for Town though, and hasn’t netted since his hat-trick against Barrow on January 8, a run of eight matches.

Speaking about the campaign so far, the striker added: “I don’t feel like I’ve played enough games. We’ve had formation changes and position changes. It’s been frustrating.

“I wanted to come here, play 40 games, score 20 goals, and win the league.

“It’s not really gone to plan, but we’ve got nine games left.

“I want to play a part in as many as I can, score some goals and see where we are come the end of the season.”

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