Shrewsbury youngster shows class beyond his years as they compile misery onto the Brewers

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Shrewsbury Town were victorious against Burton Albion on Tuesday night with goals from Curtis Main and Harry Chapman sealing the three points at the Pirelli Stadium.

 It was an overall convincing display from Steve Cotterill’s side as Burton struggled to bounce back from the weekend’s defeat against MK Dons and showcase the scintillating form that has been shown so far under Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.

The Brewers remain in 18th position and maintain their seven-point advantage on the bottom four. However, Hasselbaink is now beginning to endure a downturn in his side’s form, which must be combatted if they are to repel the threat of relegation.

Albion are now winless in three successive matches, and really highlights that the Dutch manager’s honeymoon phase is well and truly over.

Despite staying just one place ahead of their opponents, the Shrews have now opened up a 12-point gap from the drop zone. A scenario in which Steve Cotterill’s side get relegated from the third tier is slowly but surely becoming unfathomable.

Both strikers may claim to have netted yesterday, but it was a more defensive asset that shone brightest. Nathaniel Ogbeta was crucial in ensuring his side won the scrappy encounter in East Staffordshire.

The 19-year-old registered both assists; with the first being somewhat controversial. Only six minutes had elapsed when his deflected cross found the back of Ben Garrat’s net. The faintest of flicks from frontman Curtis Main was enough to divert the ball over the line.

The delivery deceived the Burton shotstopper, who was left rooted to the spot with hopes that Tom Hamer would neutralise the threat.

Cotterill’s number 14 then bombed forward once again ten minutes into the second half. His left-footed cross landed at the feet of Harry Chapman, with the 21-year-old Blackburn loanee striking a sweet volley past Garrat to double Shrewsbury’s lead.

Ogbeta has played 13 times since arriving in Shropshire, making a steady start to his first venture playing senior football. But Tuesday’s bout was a huge step in the right direction for the youngster.

The Manchester City academy graduate flaunted both his defensive and offensive qualities. Overall, he made three tackles as well as registering the highest pass accuracy on the pitch (77%).

The Shrews completed the free transfer of Ogbeta in January, with the wing back finally cutting his losses with the Citizens after progressing through their youth ranks.

He was handed his England under 20s debut last October so a move into professional football will definitely benefit his development and subsequently earn him more opportunities with the national team going forward.

Shrewsbury face promotion chasing Portsmouth this weekend who will provide yet another tough test under new boss Danny Cowley.

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