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Craig MacGillivray Pre Walsall

7 November 2017

Craig looks forward to facing former club in the Checkatrade Trophy

Shrewsbury Town Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray admits that he is looking forward to facing his old club Walsall in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening.

MacGillivray has been Town’s ‘keeper in all the Checkatrade Trophy games so far and admits that it’s a competition he wants to do well in.

“It’s another game for myself to play and another game for the team to get another win and progress as group winners of the Checkatrade Trophy”, said Craig.

“There’s obviously massive controversy over the competition still, but for me and the other lads we want to get as far as we can because there is a chance to play at Wembley, so every time one these fixtures come up we want to win the game and that’s what we will be trying to do tomorrow to win the group.”

Craig spent three seasons at the Banks’ Stadium before moving to Shrewsbury this summer and he expects Walsall to try and bounce back after their defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup on Saturday.

“There obviously going to be very disappointed”, MacGillivray admitted.

“I think the year before was the same when I was there, but they won’t want to dwell on it too much and they will want to get three points. I think they can overtake us in the group, so that’s another incentive for them and it’s important that we don’t let that happen.

“They will want to come here, put things right and get a win. I think their game next weekend is off as well, so they’ve got 10 days before their next game and will want to win, but that’s the same scenario as us and we want to win two games leading into the little break that we have.”  

This will be MacGillivray’s second game in a week after featuring in the FA Cup against Aldershot and he hopes to keep another clean-sheet.

“It was nice to get a game in the Cup” Craig continued.

“Obviously, Deano (Henderson) wasn’t allowed to play because of United telling him that he’s not allowed to feature, but it was a chance for me, I thought I did well, it was nice to keep a clean-sheet and I will look to do the same tomorrow.

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