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Kelly on Shrewsbury, team news and importance of fans

13 February 2018

Assistant head coach Rob Kelly has given his thoughts ahead of Fleetwood Town’s home match against Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

Here's the main talking points from his pre-match press conference. 

On preparing for the game…

“Saturday’s postponement has given us longer to prepare for the match. 

"We found out as we were on our way to the ground but we couldn’t affect that outcome.

“With the long trip to Yeovil last week the players have had an extra day or two to recover and now they’re ready for the next one.”

On the threats Shrewsbury can cause…

“They have done really well and have carried that momentum from the back half of last season into this campaign, and have some very good players at the club.

“Shrewsbury play with a lot of athleticism, a lot energy, they are organised and we are aware of their strengths and weaknesses.

“Even though we are aware, we need to focus on ourselves and make sure we get ourselves right and inflict as much on our opponents as we can.

“It will be a tight and tough game tomorrow. We played at their place in some really difficult conditions and probably a draw would have been the right result.

“We came out on the wrong end with their last minute header, but they’ve carried it on and are in a good place at the moment.”

On the second place team in the league…

“I wouldn’t say I am surprised by where they are in the table.

“It’s a competitive league and in any games the bottom teams can beat those at the top and Shrewsbury have found a way of playing and winning matches.

“They have managed to get this consistency that probably alludes most clubs in this league, and that’s the one thing the top two or three have which others don’t."

On the weeks ahead…

“We now have four games in a short period of time which is 12 points to go for.

“It’s important that we look to kick-on and push ourselves up that table again.

“You can only affect the next game but we are looking forward to tomorrow as these are good games to be part of.”

On working on the finer details in matches from a coaches’ perspective…

“The level of performances have been generally good and it’s not like we’ve come away from grounds and thought we’ve been well and truly beaten.

“That hasn’t been the case and it’s just been fine details, fine margins.

“We do have a good group here with the young players and the senior pros but the mix sometimes – which we have addressed – hasn’t been there.

“Now as a group we need to make sure that we get that next result and get over the line. Maybe we’ve tried to get that winner when we should have saw the game out.

“Managing games is another area we’ve looked at and seeing games out better, but we’ve got exciting players here who want to chase and get the points."

On remaining positive within the camp…

“We work with the players everyday and we know the quality of players we have but we just need to keep pushing that on.

“If we can keep the level of performances coming, and tidy up the little pieces that have cost us and we will be fine.

On team news for Tuesday…

“Cian [Bolger] is still serving his suspension but that it is regarding any new updates.

“We are healthy and really looking forward to the match.”

On how important the fans can be…

“Particularly at home, fans are always good if they can give you that little bit of a lift.

“We have realised that sometimes it’s up to us to give them that push as well and as I said, our performances haven’t been bad.

“The recent games have been tight against the top sides and those inform and Gillingham who are up their in terms of form.

“For periods in those games we have matched them, but just come out on the wrong end of  and that’s what we need to address and the fans will be key."


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