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Akpa Akpro On Southend United Clash

2 February 2016

Striker Emphasises Aim To Stay In League One

"I was very happy with my goal, Andy Mangan gave me a great ball and I was delighted to finish it.

"Mangan deserves credit for the assist because it was brilliant. We linked up well together and that is a positive for the future.

"I think we both get into space well and read each other. We understand each other on the pitch and know where each other will be.

"I don’t want to make any excuses for my penalty I missed. Luckily Shaun Whalley scored so I can forget about it. I would definitely take another one though if I am allowed."

He said:

Akpa Akpro headed in from Andy Mangan's cross in the FA Cup tie at the weekend to draw Town level.

"Southend are a good team and they will come here wanting to win," said Akpa Akpro.

"The main aim is to stay up and we will need to win games like this at home to do that.

"We have to keep consistent and settle down and I am sure that will come.

"I think we can get a result against Southend and then push on from there."

And Akpa Akpro, who scored Shrewsbury's first equaliser against the Owls on Saturday, maintains that survivial in League One is the most important aim.

Town take on the Shrimpers in Sky Bet League 1 at Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off) looking to follow up on the dramatic 3-2 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in the Emirates FA Cup.

Striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro insists Shrewsbury Town's full focus is on Tuesday night's clash with Southend United.

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