‘We’ve been written off all season’ - Bullish Ben Godfrey warns rivals not to dismiss promotion-chasing Shrews

Ben Godfrey is making big strides at Shrewsbury. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ben Godfrey is making big strides at Shrewsbury. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City loan starlet Ben Godfrey insists Shrewsbury's league and cup quest will recover from a shock 3-1 League One defeat at Rochdale.

The 20-year-old midfield powerhouse made his return from a hamstring injury alongside fellow City loanee Carlton Morris in Good Friday's surprise defeat at Dale.

Shrews dropped out of the automatic promotion spots in what is shaping up to be a titanic three-way tussle with Wigan and Blackburn to reach the Championship.

Godfrey has been a revelation in Shropshire during a season-long stint and is desperate to finish the season in style before he returns to Norwich.

The Shrews also have an upcoming Wembley date in the Football League Trophy final, but Godfrey's priority is Easter Monday's league clash with Oxford.

'Since the semi-final was won, we've tried not to talk about Wembley too much, and stay focused on the league and we'll continue to do that, because now we've got seven more games in the league to pick up points,' he said.

'We've been written off all season to be honest, no-one wants to talk about Shrewsbury despite being top of the league, beating every team, so we're happy to be the underdogs.

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'We're a competitive bunch of lads, so we're never satisfied, especially after today, we don't want to settle for where we are in the league, we always want to do better.'

MORE: Have your say on our Pinkun forumGodfrey admitted a first defeat since February 17 admitted his return to fitness was bittersweet.

'It's a tough one to take for all of us, there were important points to pick up, but we won't let it break us,' he said. 'It's nice to be back out there, as a young player all you want to do is play, so having to watch from the sidelines the last few weeks hasn't been ideal.

'I was ready and raring to come back.

'The medical staff has done a miracle job with me to get me back, and from now I hope to stay fit for the rest of the season.

'I really enjoyed being back on the pitch despite the result.'