NSIALA: WE CAN SUR­VIVE SQUEAKY WEEKS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - LEAGUE ONE By Dan Barnes

BULLISH de­fender Aristote Nsiala is con­vinced Shrewsbury will es­cape the League One rel­e­ga­tion zone in the fi­nal weeks of the sea­son.

Head­ing into the week­end, the Shrews oc­cu­pied a po­si­tion in the bot­tom four and found them­selves two points from safety.

But 25-year-old Nsiala, who has one cap for the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, in­sists he isn’t giv­ing any thought to the prospect of his side drop­ping down to League Two.

“It’s not go­ing to hap­pen. It’s some­thing none of us, as play­ers want, or the man­ager,” said Nsiala.

“It’s al­ways squeaky down at the bot­tom – and at the top – at this time of the sea­son.

“It’s about stay­ing calm and do­ing the job. We have lost the last few games, but that doesn’t mean we are go­ing to lose the games that are com­ing up.

“A lot of teams, when they get to this stage, go down, but not be­cause of the way they play.

“It’s be­cause the chang­ing room is not to­gether and play­ers may fix up plans for the next sea­son.

“I don’t get that sense from the lads. We win and we lose to­gether. We have just got to keep go­ing.”

Af­ter Paul Hurst took over as Shrewsbury man­ager in Oc­to­ber, he made Nsiala, who had played un­der him at Grimsby, his first Jan­uary sign­ing.

And the de­fender is rel­ish­ing work­ing with Hurst once again.

“He’s calm. He never loses his head,” said Nsiala.

“He’s still out there smil­ing and speak­ing to you as if you were win­ning games, and he tries to keep ev­ery­one to­gether.

“That’s the main thing. You don’t want a manger to pick the play­ers apart as that is just go­ing to drag you down.

“He’s tried to keep the same spirit from when I came in.”

UP­BEAT: Aristote Nsiala

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