PP Pre Shrewsbury

October 24, 2019

Here’s Phil Parkinson’s pre Shrewsbury presser in full…

 

Was Tuesday night everything you could have asked for?

Yeah it was. It was a terrific win for us, but very quickly in football your mind turns to the next game. It's about reproducing that performance level now. First of all we have to make sure the lads have got the energy and the legs to do it, then get the team selection right. Can we produce that standard of play? If we do we'll stand a good chance of winning.

 

How's Lynden Gooch?

It's not too serious but he will definitely be out for the weekend, which is a shame because he did well. He got his goal - and scored again which was disallowed, and we've watched back several times and no one can work out what the linesman has seen. Unfortunately, he's twisted his ankle so he will have a spell out, but it won't be too long.

 

Aiden McGeady's return does give you choices

Yes, what a fantastic option to have. He's a key player, very creative, and he definitely comes back into the thinking for the weekend.

 

Can Duncan Watmore play three in a week?

Obviously, he's stiff and tired after the game (Tranmere) but he put a lot of effort into it and played exceptionally well. The lads that played on Tuesday have had a lighter session this morning (Thursday) and we'll look again at Duncan, as we will with a few of the others. I had watched the Grimsby game before I came in and I thought 'I like what you can offer'. I remember Duncan from a few years back as well, and in my first training session he really caught my eye. He's certainly come in and performed well - he's rebuilding his career almost, but he feels in a good place and that's great for us and for him. He's such a dangerous player. You look at what he can offer and how difficult he is to mark for the opposition, we want to keep him right and get as many games from him as possible.

 

How much of a boost has the clean sheet been?

Well defenders and goalkeepers pride themselves on clean sheets but the whole team has got to work to achieve that. With and without the ball everyone has work equally as hard and the workrate at the top of the pitch to press the ball was equally important as the blocks in and around our box. We've got to keep stressing that to team and everybody's got to take part in all those sides of the game. When we did that on Tuesday we looked a decent side.

 

Do the rest of the team enjoy clean sheets as much as the goalkeeper and defenders?

Probably not as much but I think every time someone spoke recently the clean sheet was mentioned, so for everyone it's good to get that off our backs and build on it, because I think we have a team capable of keeping the ball out of our net. It's hard work and you've got to be prepared to do that - not for 45 minutes, it's right to the end. That's what pleased me more than anything on Tuesday - the concentration levels and the commitment was right to get that clean sheet.

 

How much did you enjoy the Stadium of Light experience?

I absolutely loved it. Under the lights it was such a terrific atmosphere and I really savoured every minute of it from when I walked through the door to the minute I walked out. It just shows when the crowd see a performance like that how they will respond and get behind the team. It made it such a great place for our players to play.

 

What do you make of Shrewsbury?

They'll be pleased with what they've done. They drew the other night playing 3-5-2 and I expect them to play that way. They're a very hard working team - we've got to be ready to match that, we I us them to. It's about working out how we can get the better of their system and can we exploit them in areas. Can we play as positively as we did the other night - that is the key.

 

How hard is it playing away from home?

It is but we'll have a big away following. We've got to go play like the home team. We've got to use the supporters who use their hard-earned cash to come and watch us play and make such a good atmosphere, like they did at Wycombe. We have to use their front-foot mentality and if we do we'll have a good chance.

 

A week in, do you feel you're getting your head around the job?

Yeah, I'm getting to know everyone and I can't believe it's only been a week. I've really enjoyed it and have had a lot of help from the people at the club. The players have been good so far. We've got a lot of work to do but bit by bit we're trying to make this team a really competitive one.

 

 

 

 

 

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