Matt Taylor: Shrewsbury head coach wants side to find 'clean-sheet mentality' to end away struggles

Shrewsbury Town manager Matt Taylor looks on from the dugout during a match
Matt Taylor took over at Shrewsbury from Steve Cotterill in the summer

Shrewsbury Town boss Matt Taylor says his side must rediscover the "clean-sheet mentality" they showed earlier in the season after their latest defeat away from home in League One.

Town were hammered 4-0 at Blackpool on Saturday to slip to a third loss in a row on the road and a seventh in their past eight trips in all competitions.

They have taken only four points from a possible 27 on their travels so far.

"We'll be putting it right - I can tell you that for nothing," Taylor said.

Shrewsbury's results away from home have been in stark contrast with their form at Montgomery Waters Meadow, where they have won five out of their nine matches in the league, conceding only eight goals.

Four of their five clean sheets this season have also come on their own patch, with their solitary away shutout coming in the 1-0 win at Fleetwood at the end of August.

They have not managed to stop their opponents scoring since beating Derby on 21 October, eight games ago.

Taylor called the performance at Blackpool "nowhere near acceptable", promising there will be some "honest" reflections on the display this week.

"We've got to get back to the clean-sheet mentality we had earlier in the season," Taylor told BBC Radio Shropshire.

"We've got to be better away from home - end of. Results away from home have not been good enough.

"We will make sure we're better away from home next time we play."

Tom Bayliss' injury 'doesn't look good'

After this Saturday's home game against Port Vale, Town's next away trip is to Exeter on 28 November.

Taylor says the Shrews' poor form on their travels is putting "more pressure" on home games and they need a much "better level of consistency" if they are to ease that.

Meanwhile, Taylor also confirmed Shrewsbury are likely to be without midfielder Tom Bayliss for "a period of time" after he suffered an injury in the first half at Blackpool and left the ground in a protective boot.

Taylor said the early signs of the severity of the 24-year-old's injury "don't look good" with Bayliss, who has started all but two of Shrewsbury's 18 league matches so far, set for an X-ray.