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Liam Lawrence Pre-Morecambe

19 December 2014

Town captain not looking past Shrimps test

Captain Liam Lawrence maintains that Shrewsbury Town must take it game by game and not get caught up in the bigger picture heading into the heavily congested Christmas period.

Town face fellow promotion chasers Wycombe Wanderers, Burton Albion and Luton Town in the next few weeks, but Lawrence insists the most significant thing right now is getting three points against Morecambe at the Greenhous Meadow on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Lawrence said: "It’s the old cliché, we need to take it one game at a time and just need to look at whose in front of us like we did at Cambridge and think of how to beat them.

"This weekend is a massive game but they’re all big games for us now when you head into the Christmas period and January.

"It is the time in the year where the teams who get promoted kick on, so every game now is more and more important.

“You know as footballers Christmas is our busiest time so its something that’s normal now. We’re training on Christmas day but that is what you have to do."

He continued: "Because there is so many games in this period, as well the top teams are all playing each other, it is a chance for one of us to put a run together and put a real stamp on it."

The midfielder is confident with his side's ability to get results, especially after the upturn in performances away from home.

He said:  “We're starting to put performances in away as well which is important as earlier in the season we were falling a bit behind on our away form.

"The home form has never really been a problem never mind who has come to us - even Chelsea.

“We are third in the league, we maybe think we should be higher in the table but we are where we are and we have to grinding results out and getting wins."

But Lawrence, 33, acknowledged he would have to look after himself during the demanding period.

He said: “Obviously when I was a little bit younger I used to train everyday at one hundred per cent but now with the games coming quick and fast I have to take my foot off the gas on a Monday or Tuesday before kicking on in training on Thursday or Friday to prepare for the match. "

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