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Mat Sadler Pre Chesterfield

10 March 2017

Sads looks ahead to Chesterfield challenge

Shrewsbury Town defender Mat Sadler admits that Town won’t be taking Chesterfield lightly, despite their league position.

Town sit 11 points clear of the struggling Spireites, but Sadler will be taking nothing for granted after Coventry proved that every side in this league are capable of causing problems.

Town’s recent success has been built on a stern defensive effort and Mat is hoping Town can keep another clean sheet on Saturday.

“I hate conceding goals”, Sadler said.

“I’m much happier with a clean sheet and you can walk off and have a go at the attackers for not scoring a goal.

“But, for us to keep clean sheets everybody has to be pulling in the right direction and the same direction from back to front.”

“A clean sheet as a defender is great, but it is a team clean sheet at the end of the day and everyone has earned that.”

Chesterfield currently sit 23rd in League One, but Sadler knows that they can be a dangerous side on their day.

“We won’t be taking them lightly”, said Mat.

“You don’t play any team in this league and they just fall over and let you win the game. They will be fighting for their lives as I would be in that position.

“The fixture from last season has no bearing on the result at all. We go there knowing that a win puts us in a really strong position to be where we want to be.

“The aim will be to be a further three points to the good come Saturday night and that is all that we are thinking about.”

Sadler was asked what had been behind Town’s success under Paul Hurst and the defender believes that hard work is key to Town winning games.

“I think the work rate has gone up, that’s evident”, said Sadler.

“The centre forwards have worked their socks off and when they haven’t and it’s come down a level, we feel that, so we need them working their socks off.

“Fundamentally, we’ve run a bit further and worked a bit harder and they key with anything like this is continuing that.

“You always get a reaction when a new manager comes in, but I think it’s gone beyond that now, it’s a pre-requisite of being in the team and if we fall short of that we know about it.”

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