No Shrews panic if they don’t batter Cod
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.
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