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Abu Ogogo Pre Southend United

12 September 2017

Skipper looks ahead to Southend test

Shrewsbury Town Captain Abu Ogogo has admitted his isn’t surprised by Town’s good start to the season.

Town currently sit top of the pile in League One after six games and beat promotions favourites Wigan on Saturday.

However, Abu admits there is a long way to go before they can start calling it a good season.

“It’s exciting”, admitted Ogogo.

“It’s nice to look at the table and see that you are top, but you’ve got to keep your feet on the group. Six games played – it’s a 46 game season, so there’s a long way to go yet.

“I’m not surprised by how well we’ve started. I knew we were a good team with some good individuals, a good team spirit, so I’m not really surprised.”

Southend were unlucky not to get anything from their game against Charlton Athletic on Saturday and Ogogo is wary of complacency.

“Southend haven’t got off to the best of starts, but they’ve still got some good individuals”, said Abu.

“We can’t just go into the game thinking we can turn up and just get the three points. It’s going to take another performance like the one against Wigan to walk away with the points.

“As soon as you start thinking that you’ve cracked it that’s when you slip up and before you know it you’ve lost two, three or four on the bounce.

“It will be a battle. Their manager’s obviously going to have them pumped up for the game and we are going to have to be at it in order to get the three points.”

One of Town’s strong points so far this season has been their midfield and Ogogo is enjoying playing alongside Jon Nolan and Ben Godfrey.

“Nolo’s (Jon Nolan) very good”, Ogogo continued.

“He reminds me of Ryan Woods with his ginger hair and the way he moves. They are very similar. You can give them the ball under-pressure with two or three men around them and they keep the ball.

“Ben’s a bit different - he’s a good athlete, a good size – and when Ben’s behind you, you’ve got licence to go forward and you know he’s going to be solid there.

“I’m happy whether I’m holding, whether the Gaffer wants me to play in a two or whether he wants me to get forward. I’ve got the energy to get box to box, so I’m enjoying it.”

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