Shrewsbury 1-0 Southend Player Ratings: Totes Amazing

Nsiala impresses –

Shrewsbury Town secured League One survival thanks to a 1-0 win over play-off chasing Southend – but how did players on both teams rate?

Shrewsbury Town

Jayson Leutwiler – a quiet first half, but made some good saves in the second half. 7

Joe Riley – supported Whalley well in the first half. A little timid defensively in the second half. 6
Aristote Nsiala – Strange to think he can look rash in League Two for Hartlepool, but play so well in the division above. Perhaps he benefits from more midfield protection. 9
Mat Sadler – did not look out of place alongside Nsiala, despite spending much of his career at left-back. 8
Junior Brown – had some good moments in the first half when he pressed up the pitch. Less comfortable defensively in the second half, but he scored the winning goal. 7

Abu Ogogo – did not stop running. Easy to see why Dagenham fans rated him so highly. 9
Ryan Yates – solid if unspectacular. Gave the ball away in a dangerous area that led to Southend’s best first half opening, but always put a foot in. 6

Shaun Whalley – key to Shrewsbury’s dominance in the first half hour with his runs cutting in from the right. Delivered the corner for Brown’s winner. 7
Bryn Morris – linked play swiftly early on and worked hard throughout. His decision making and final ball could have been better. 6
Alex Rodman – much of Shrewsbury’s first half play went down the opposite flank and the second half was about defending, rather than attacking. Limited involvement through little fault of his own. 5

Stefan Payne – Used his power to cause problems in the first half. Fed off scraps in the second and understandably lost a yard of pace. 6

Stephen Humphrys (on 79)
Gary Deegan (on 79)

Southend United

Christian Walton – Made some good saves in the first half. Easy to see why Luton fans rated him. 8

Jason Demetriou – After a quiet first half hour, he supported attacks well and always battled hard. Possibly the pick of the outfield bunch. 7
Adam Thompson – solid performance, always looked to attack set pieces. 6
Anton Ferdinand – Composed in possession and did not do too much wrong defensively, but looked a little jaded at times. 6
John White – as an aging right-back by trade, he was never going to provide the attacking width Southend needed at left-back. 3

Will Atkinson – A poor performance, barring some slick combination play with Demetriou late in the first half. 4
Michael Timlin – struggled to impose himself, particularly in the first half hour. Improved incrementally but unable to dominate midfields in the same way he might have done a couple of years ago. 4
Ryan Leonard – sluggish performance amid question marks of his summer departure. Long throws could have been better. 3
Stephen McLaughlin – Had one first half shot that was deflected narrowly wide, but his use of the ball left a lot to be desired. 3

Simon Cox – Always held onto the ball in forward areas, but his next move was always sideways or backwards. Did not provide the qualities to make Sadler fret. 4
Nile Ranger – dominated by Nsiala for much of his time on the pitch. A couple of dangerous snapshots early in the second half. 3

Jermaine McGlashan (on 65) – a few searching, diagonal runs. Possibly should have started. 7
Theo Robinson (on 69) – perhaps the least impactful of the three substitutes. 5
Marc-Antoine Fortune (on 70) – looked lively, both causing problems for Riley on the left and cutting inside sometimes. 7