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Alex Rodman Pre Charlton Athletic

28 February 2017

Winger looks to get back to winning ways against Charlton

Shrewsbury Town Winger Alex Rodman is calling on the side to get back to basics when they take on Charlton Athletic tonight.

Town were beaten 2-1 by MK Dons on the weekend and will be looking to get back to winning ways against The Addicks.

Alex has been impressed with what he has seen so far, but thinks there is still more to come from both himself and the team. 

“I think we are flourishing as a team”, Rodman told the Press.

“Personally I think there is still a bit more to come from myself. I’d had two months out before I came here so when I came in I had to do a mini preseason, but adapt it to playing games at the same time.

“It was tough and it was obviously a step up for me. I do feel like we are doing well as a team and we’ve obviously been on a fantastic run, but I still feel like there is more to come from us as a team and from myself personally.

“You’re only as good as your last couple of games and in the position we are in there is no way that we can afford to get complacent and relaxed. We’ve always got to be hard on it every day in training because we are not safe yet and that’s the aim.”

Charlton have had problems both on and off the field this season and Rodman knows from his own experience how that can affect the team.

“I think the problems off the pitch have obviously affected them because the Charlton we know from the Premiership years are a huge club”, said Alex.

“There’s no hiding the fact that they’ve probably got a huge wage bill. You hear some of the wages that their players are on and they are punching below where they should be.

“When it comes to other factors off the field I know from my time at Notts County how that does effect stuff in the changing room, so hopefully we can take advantage of that.”

Alex is expecting tonight’s game to be similar to Saturday’s game with MK Dons, but is hopeful that Town can impose themselves early on.

“They are a side that likes to play a bit of football and I think they might take a chance or two at the back”, Rodman continued.

“I think it’s kind of similar to MK Dons, they appear to be a big club not achieving as well as they should do, but I don’t see it being the same kind of game as the Wimbledon game here, which was more like a rugby match.

“I expect it to be more of a ball playing game, but we need to assert ourselves onto the game and really press them and work hard.

“We need to be right at it from the get go. I think when we played Oldham here we had a chance in the first minute and it really sets the tone for the game and that’s the key to our success.”

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