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Abu Ogogo Pre Bristol Rovers

16 December 2016

Midfielder looks ahead to the visit of The Gas

Shrewsbury Town midfielder Abu Ogogo is looking to back up last weekend’s win against Millwall with another victory against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Town won for the first time in 54 years at Millwall, before narrowly losing to Fleetwood Town in a pulsating FA Cup replay on Tuesday night.

Ogogo was pleased with how Town played in the first half at Fleetwood, but believes they must continue to churn out results no matter how well they perform. 

“Consistency is key,” said Ogogo. 

“It’s not really about how you play to be honest, it’s about getting results and we haven’t done enough of that this season.

“First half at Fleetwood was probably the best we’ve played all season. That’s what I thought and I think the Gaffer’s said that as well. We passed the ball really nicely and they couldn’t really live with us.

“We went in one-nil up and Tones has missed a chance that he probably should have scored. If we go in two-nil up then it’s a completely different game, but they probably got confidence from it being only one-nil and the second half was totally different.

“I said at half time that I couldn’t remember the last time we had put two good halves together so that was the plan, but we got the man sent off early and the game plan goes out of the window.”

Bristol Rovers currently sit 9th in League One and with 16 goal Matty Taylor upfront they are a force to be reckoned with. But, Ogogo has been pleased with Town’s form over recent weeks and wants to keep the run in the league going.

“It’s going to be a tough game like they all are,” admitted the former Arsenal trainee.

“They are top half at the minute, but we are doing alright at the moment, keeping quite a few clean sheets, so hopefully we can keep another one on Saturday and get three points.

“We’ve got quite a few suspensions, a couple of injuries, so it’s not ideal preparation, but it’s up to me and a few of the other more experienced players to help the young boys.

“Things are definitely looking up. You can see the improvement in performances, we just need to be a bit more consistent in getting results.”

After a couple of tough away trips in the last week Ogogo is looking forward to being back at the Greenhous Meadow and he believes the fans have their part to play in league survival.

“I’m pleased to be playing at home,” Abu said.

“I feel like there’s been a lot of travelling recently with Fleetwood and Millwall, getting back late and it takes a lot out of you, so it’s nice to be playing at home.”

“The fans have been very supportive. I think the new Gaffer’s said he want to make it hard for teams to come and you can definitely feel it on the pitch when the fans are getting behind you.”

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