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Zak Whitbread On Rochdale Clash

1 March 2016

Defender Wants To Put Home Form Right

“There has been a great crowd here all season at home,” said Zak.

“They have really stuck with us, not got carried away and come down hard on the lads.

“They know the lads want to do well, it’s an honest group of lads.

"So we are trying to find the magic touch at home and maybe after we get one or two wins, I think that, whether it is confidence or just finding that way, it’s definitely something we are working on.”

But, throughout all of this, Whitbread took some time to praise the crowds that turn up to home games.

"You want to do well at home and that obviously where you pick up the majority of your points but for some reason this year we haven’t,” said Whitbread.

"Whether when we are away from home, we are more set up or the teams are happier to  go forward and break their shape, I am not sure. It is something we have to address.

"We have to start well because they will come out quick and we need to match them in every department and find a way to win at home, whatever that may be."

The defender also thinks that home games are, and should be, the ‘bread and butter’ for any team, no matter what league they may play in.

"The past couple of games haven’t gone our way obviously on the pitch but we have plenty of lads who are pecking away, working on bits after training and working on their movement,” said the defender.

"It was only Blackpool, a couple of games ago, that we got the three goals.

"The lads just need to keep on really with the same desire that they have shown in training and I am sure it will happen."

And Whitbread also believes that Town's players have what it takes to start scoring plenty of goals if they show the same desire as they do in training.

Town take on the Dale in the midweek Sky Bet League 1 fixture at Greenhous Meadow (7.45pm kick-off) looking get back to winning ways.

Defender Zak Whitbread has expressed his desire to resolve Shrewsbury Town's problematic home record by getting a result against Rochdale on Tuesday night.

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