Greg Docherty turned out in midfield for Shrewsbury Town against Burton Albion today, bidding to improve upon his team’s concerning 15th position in the League One.
The 22-year-old missed Shrewsbury’s EFL Trophy victory over Walsall, and so entered this fixture well rested.
Docherty has had a fairly positive individual season, getting plenty of starts under his belt. In addition, he keeps proving his ability to score goals from midfield, notching six so far this campaign.
However, one negative is that Docherty has found himself substituted in many instances when his team are chasing games, including in their last three defeats.
The trend continued today, despite a recent managerial change at the club. Sam Ricketts is the now the manger at New Meadow, replacing John Askey.
Today, Ricketts clearly believed Docherty wasn’t doing enough to affect the game. Trailing 1-0, Alex Gilliead replaced the ex-Hamilton man in 77th minute. The Shrews went on to concede once more, with the game finishing in a 2-1 defeat.
It’s certainly a concerning trend, that the loanee regularly finds himself being replaced.
However, it’s early days under Ricketts’ reign, and the loanee will have plenty of opportunities to prove his worth over the busy Christmas period.
With today’s result leaving the team 17th in League One, Docherty may need to add to his goal tally to drag his team out of trouble.