No Shrews panic if they don’t bat­ter Cod

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Josh Richards

SHREWS­BURY travel to Fleet­wood to­day in a rel­e­ga­tion six-pointer, but mid­fielder Shaun Whal­ley says it’s not win or bust for the vis­i­tors.

The Shrews are just about on the right side of the rel­e­ga­tion zone, a point clear of Fleet­wood. But hav­ing played two games more than the Cod Army, their pic­ture will be­come bleak with de­feat.

But should the worst hap­pen at High­bury, Whal­ley in­sists it won’t be time to panic.

“Ev­ery game now is big, but it’s just three points,” said the 28-year-old.

“There are a lot more games to come af­ter this one.We won’t panic if we don’t get the right re­sult.

“I know we can go on a good run if we get the con­sis­tency right I don’t think we will have any­thing to worry about.”

The pair are set to face off for the third time this sea­son. A 1-1 draw on Box­ing Day fol­lowed a 2-1 win for even­tual area fi­nal­ists Fleet­wood in the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy.

Whal­ley an­tic­i­pates to­day’s meet­ing to fol­low a sim­i­lar pat­tern, but be­lieves his team pos­sess enough qual­ity to come out on top.

“A lot of the games are very sim­i­lar, we have a spell, then they have a spell,” he added.

“We’re ex­pect­ing another tough game, but if we do the right things then I think we can come out on top.

“We’ve played them twice this sea­son, we had a close game on Box­ing Day, a 1-1 draw, and over the course of the sea­son we have shown we can be a match for any­one on our day, but we’ve got to have our days more of­ten.”

De­vante Cole was cup-tied in mid­week, but could re­turn to the Fleet­wood start­ing line-up, while David Ball is fit again af­ter ham­string trou­ble.

Alex Ki­womya, Jimmy Ryan and An­toni Sarce­vic are also avail­able to boss Steven Press­ley.

Shrews­bury de­fender Jer­maine Gran­di­son is strug­gling with a knee in­jury, but Abu Ogogo is push­ing for a re­call hav­ing shaken off a ham­string strain.

KEY MAN ANDY MANG

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