BACK in favour Nicky Wroe has vowed to do all he can to stay in promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town’s team as he targets an upturn in the club’s away fortunes.
After eight games on the bench, Wroe enjoyed an impressive return to the side for Tuesday night’s crunch 2-0 home win over fellow high fliers Cheltenham.
The 26-year-old fired Town in front inside the opening minute with his sixth goal of the season and went on to give a commanding display in midfield.
Now Wroe is in no mood to relinquish his place in the team as the exciting League Two promotion race hots up.
Town are currently third with nine games to go with Saturday’s trip to mid-table Morecambe followed by a local derby clash at home to Port Vale on Tuesday (7.45pm).
“I’ve had a frustrating start to this year,” said Wroe, a regular in the early months of the season. “I got injured at Bradford on New Year’s Eve and then managed to get a start at Torquay last month but things didn’t quite go to plan.
“I’ve had to wait patiently and I’ve been knocking on the door for a while.
“Thankfully the gaffer chose to pick me on Tuesday and I managed to repay his faith in me by getting a goal and getting a good win.
“It’s been frustrating but hopefully I can keep my place now for the last nine, the run in, and hopefully we can stay where we are now and make our way a bit further up the table.
“There’s nothing worse than not playing. It’s really frustrating as that’s what you train for all week, to play on a Saturday and Tuesday.
“The way to stay in the team is to score goals and do well, and hopefully I think I did that against Cheltenham.”
Wroe felt the key to the midweek win over the Robins was Town’s flying start as they attacked from the first whistle with his goal the ideal early boost.
He said: “We emphasised that the last few games we’ve not started too well so we wanted to get off to a good start and we did that.
“We knew it was a big game and that Cheltenham are a good side, probably one of the best we’ve played, especially away from home.
“We needed to get a good start and impose ourselves on the game and luckily you can’t get any better than what we did really.
“I made a good break, just ran on to it, and luckily the ball’s found its way to me and I managed to stick it away.”
While Town continue to go great guns at home - it’s now 27 matches unbeaten at the Greenhous Meadow - they continue to stutter on their travels.
They have suffered nine away league defeats, more than any of the other promotion chasers, and that’s a record Wroe is keen to improve ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Lancashire coast.
“We’ve talked about it and we really need to address the away form,” insisted Wroe. “There’s no reason why we can’t play just as well away from home.
“I don’t think with any team in this league we’ve got much to fear, especially if we’re on our game. We just need to concentrate on ourselves and play like we did against Cheltenham.”
Wroe scored a penalty when Town beat Morecambe 2-0 at home in November - and he would gladly settle for a repeat on the club’s second visit to the Globe Arena where they lost 1-0 last season.
Manager Graham Turner was also quick to stress the importance of Town replicating their excellent home form on the road.
He added: “The concern for us is while our home form has been outstanding and home results have been excellent, it’s away from home that we have to start putting it right.”