Joe looking forward to Bolton test
Joe Jacobson is relishing the chance to try and help Shrewsbury Town spring a Capital One Cup first round upset against Championship big guns Bolton Wanderers tonight.
Jacobson, who produced an impressive display in Saturday's opening day draw against MK Dons, was encouraged with Town's efforts in drawing 3-3 with the men from the Reebok Stadium in the recent pre-season friendly between the sides.
And the left back wants Shrewsbury to hit the same heights at the Greenhous Meadow tonight.
"It's nice to play against teams from higher divisions," said Jacobson. "You get to test yourself against these better quality players.
"Bolton are a massive team, one of the favourites to go up to the Premier League, so it's going to be a good test for us and we showed in pre-season we can compete against them.
"We're going to go into the game full of confidence from Saturday's performance and want to get a win."
Jacobson helped Town reach the third round in this competition in his first season with the club, a run which was finally ended by Arsenal at the Emirates, and admits he would love another slice of cup glory.
He said: "Last season we didn't have the best cup runs, I think everyone knows that, but the season before we beat some great teams like Swansea here and Derby away so for us it's a good draw at home and we want to get a result."
Manager Graham Turner watched Bolton's televised opening day 1-1 draw at Burnley and he's aware Dougie Freedman's side will provide tough opposition.
"I watched Bolton on TV on Saturday and they're a good side with good players," he added. "It depends on what side Dougie sends over but it's got the makings of a good contest.
"We suddenly have all the pressure lifted off us so we can go and show what we can do.
"We had a good game against them pre-season and we've got to repeat that sort of performance."
Tonight's tie must be decided on the night. Should the teams be level at the end of 90 minutes, there will be extra time and, if necessary, a penalty shootout to determine the winners.