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James Collins On Blackburn Rovers Tie

11 August 2015

Striker Insists Town Will Put Millwall Behind Them

"It was good personally to get off the mark and get the first goal in the first game of the season, but it doesn't really count for much when you don't come away with the three points or even a point," he said.

"I'm confident I can reach (17 goals again) if we get the same service and play the same way that we did last year.

"If the ball is put in the right areas then I'm confident that me and the other strikers can put the ball in the net."


Although Collins stressed it's the results and not personal glory that count in the end.

The 24-year-old, who finished at Shrewsbury's top scorer last season with 17 goals, has already got off the mark in Sky Bet League 1 with his strike against Millwall at the weekend.

"I've always enjoyed the League Cup and seemed to manage to score goals with different sides," he said.

"We got to the third round when I was in my first spell at Shrewsbury.

"I scored at the Emirates which was a big career highlight for me."


Collins has fond memories of playing in the League Cup - none more so than scoring for Town at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in the competition in 2011.

"We're going to go up there forgetting about Saturday, full of confidence and trying to get to the next round of the cup," said Collins.

"We've got to go out there, play well and do our stuff. We've got the right players in the dressing room to go and cause an upset.

"They'll know what we're like as a side and they'll know they're going to be in for a game.

"You want to play in these games and be involved with them, and we are going to test ourselves against a top Championship team."

"I don't know too much about Blackburn, I've never been to Ewood Park.

"But I'm really looking forward to the game and another ground that I've never played at."


And Collins is looking forward to visiting a stadium he has never played at before.

The Shrews knocked out three higher-division sides in Blackpool, Leicester City and Norwich City before bowing out to eventual winners Chelsea in the 2014/15 League Cup.

Town take on the Championship side in the Capital One Cup First Round at Ewood Park (7.45pm kick-off) looking to begin a repeat of their run in the competition last season.

Striker James Collins insists Shrewsbury Town will put Saturday's defeat to Millwall out of their mind when they travel to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

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