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Abu Ogogo On Man United Defeat

23 February 2016

Midfielder Enjoyed FA Cup Experience

“By far- sometimes I thought they had 20 players on the pitch.

“We couldn’t get near to them- they were really good players and by far the best team we’ve played.”

Town’s focus now switches to the crunch clash away at fellow relegation battlers Colchester United on Saturday, a game that Ogogo stresses is more important for Micky Mellon’s men.

The Epsom-born midfielder added: “Getting knocked out of the FA Cup was disappointing- it has been a long journey to get here. It was great to draw Man United and the players did well to go this far.

“But no one expected us to go through and the league is the bread and butter. We need to concentrate on that now because we have a massive game on Saturday.

“They’re (Colchester) fighting for their lives and we’re fighting for ours so it’s definitely a must-win game.”
Asked whether The Red Devils are the best opposition he has faced, Ogogo admitted:

“The one where Larnell (Cole) smashed it across, Schneiderlin just got in ahead of me,” he explained.

“Then Jack (Grimmer) played a great ball but it got caught in the floodlights. I couldn’t really see and I think I jumped a bit too early.

“That was disappointing but we had a go.”


And it was Ogogo who arguably had the host’s best opportunity to reduce the deficit.

Although United dominated for the majority of the game, Town had a couple of chances to grab a consolation after conceding the third goal.

“It was a very good experience - very hard but enjoyable,” said Ogogo.

“I think in the first half we showed them a bit too much respect- the first goal was a poor one to concede and the second goal just before half time really killed us.

“In the second half, we pressed more into their box. We came back and had a go. We were always up against it but it was a good experience.

“We got to play against some world-class players- playing against Man United doesn’t happen a lot in your career so it was a good experience for the players.”


But Ogogo remained upbeat following the end of what has ultimately been a remarkable cup run.

Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard condemned Town to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat in front of the BT Sport cameras on Monday night.

Abu Ogogo says he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing against Manchester United despite Shrewsbury’s fifth round FA Cup exit.

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