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Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro post Blackpool

27 September 2015

JLAA pleased with first home win and two goals

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was delighted with Shrewsbury’s first home win of the season. The Frenchman played a big part in the victory by scoring a brace:

“It was a great day for me to win and also to score two goals. We started okay and finished on top so we definitely deserved the win. We had to stay patient today because Blackpool were playing well. That paid off for us and we eventually found a way to score.”

“Both my goals were quite similar. Larnell Cole was brilliant to set me up for my goals. Cole and Sullay Kaikai are so quick. I am very happy to have them in the team because they are great players. It has been a long time since I have scored so it was fantastic to get on the scoresheet today.”

The 30-year-old feels both himself and Shrewsbury had been performing to a decent standard prior to the win:

“People talk about the Crewe loss but we were very unlucky there. We haven’t been playing badly and we played well again today so it was nice to get a reward for our performance with the win. We will try to win as many games as possible. Hopefully we can keep positive now and go on a run. Our away form is very good so hopefully we can keep that up as we have a few away games coming up.”

“My own confidence is never low, even when I miss opportunities. When I miss I tell myself at least I got into the right positions and as long as I keep doing that I will turn it around. I don’t have any targets except trying to play as much as possible and trying to beat the nine goals I scored last year.”

Shrewsbury will visit Akpa-Akpro’s former club on Tuesday night but the striker insists he is treating the Rochdale game like any other:

“It is my first time back there. I look forward to every game so it will be no different on Tuesday. I hope the fans welcome me. I had a good time there and the fans were great so it would be nice to play well when we go there.”

The former Rochdale man is confident Jayson Leutwiler will stay positive despite his injury setback and praised Mark Halstead for his performance between the sticks:

“Jayson is a strong lad. He is focused on his recovery and hopefully he will be back soon. Well done to Mark Halstead, he stepped in and did very well. That was our first clean sheet at home which he played a big part in so credit to him today.”

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