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Zak Whitbread post Scunthorpe

19 October 2015

Zak's thoughts after the defeat at Scunthorpe

Zak Whitbread was frustrated to start his career with Shrewsbury Town with a 2-1 loss at Scunthorpe. The defender came on early in the second half but like everyone else was disappointed with the final result:

“The result is disappointing. Especially after going ahead. I thought we were good in the first half but we switched off in the second. We have to be more resolute and stand up to the pressure. The lads are disappointed but it is a learning curve and we are already looking to Tuesday.”

“It was earlier than I expected to get on the pitch but I am here to contribute whenever I can. It took a while to get my bearings in that position and unfortunately it did not pay off as I would have liked. I have missed playing though so it was fantastic to get back out there and be a part of it.”

The former Derby man thinks he could stay at Shrewsbury beyond his current short-term contract which terminates in January: 

“We will see how I do in the next couple of weeks. I will see how I feel after today but I hope I can get to start in a game sooner rather than later. I just want to help the team as best I can. It has been a frustrating few months because I just want to play football. Everyone here has been great so far and I feel very welcomed. I did have offers from other clubs but I wanted a club that was right for me and Shrewsbury fit that bill perfectly. If we are both happy after January then I could definitely stay longer.”

“I think it makes sense for both parties to have a short term deal. We will see where I am in January as to extending the contract. Injuries have been a big problem for me in the past. I met up with a specialist over the summer and hopefully we have now got to the bottom of the injuries I had. I just want to kick on now and play as many games as possible. I feel much more confident avoiding injuries now I have seen the specialist.”

The 31-year-old hopes both himself and Shrewsbury can push on in the back to back home games they have this week:

“It has been so frustrating in the past few years and there have been a lot of tough times. You just have to keep pushing because that is how football is sometimes. I feel completely refreshed now and I feel like I have a lot of time as a player ahead of me.”

“It is very important to make sure your form is good at home so I am looking forward to the next couple of games. We had a good result last week and we would like to bounce back from this loss quickly and put it back right on Tuesday.”

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