"We Deserved to Win" - Shaw
Sheffield FC manager Mark Shaw says his team “deserved to win” against Romulus at The Coach and Horses on Saturday, where 10-man Sheffield drew 2-2 with a late goal, writes Luke Phelps.
Shaw described the game it as a “massive game” before kick-off, and his team started the better and should’ve been ahead when James Gregory shot high from close range in the first half.
As the half was coming to an end though, defender Julian Lawrence was shown a straight red for a high challenge: “I thought it was a red” said Shaw. “He’s off the floor and he’s not in control of his body and then he’s caught the player, so it’s a red card.”
“I thought there was a dubious elbow and a dubious penalty decision in the first half – I think he got one right and probably 2 or 3 wrong... I think this game’s probably been a bit too big for the referee and I don’t think we had the rub of the green today.”
Club started in a 4-4-2 formation but had to rearrange at the break with the dismissal of Lawrence. After the restart, Sheffield were a goal behind but found an equaliser through Gregory, who finished off the post with a neat half-volley: “I’ll choose the formation that I think will win the game. Don’t read into it – were looking for a formation that will win us a game of football.”
“It’s not about finding the magic formula, it’s about winning football games.”
The game looked beyond Sheffield when Romulus scored a second through Malachi Farquharson, but in the 5th minute of injury time, Adam Chapman (above) blasted into an open net for the equaliser: “Today we were good. We deserved to win the game even with 10-men, because we were the better side for 90 minutes.”
“If we had 11 men and it was an even contest, then maybe we’d have won the game. Julian's made a poor decision... he’s been sent off and now were probably going to be without him for 2-3 games.”
“Player-wise, everybody put in 100% today, they’ve done everything I’ve asked them to do. Yes, we should have won the game, even with 10-men. And yes, I’m proud of them.”
The shock result of the day was bottom club Gresley beating leaders Basford United 1-0, a result which leaves Sheffield bottom of the table: “It doesn’t matter what’s going on around us. All we can do is win football games.”
Next up for Mark Shaw's Sheffield is another home tie, against Spalding United from 3pm on Saturday.