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Joe Riley Pre Blackburn Rovers

22 September 2017

Riley looking forward to Rovers test

Shrewsbury Town Full-Back Joe Riley is expecting a ‘tough game’ when Town take on Blackburn Rovers this weekend.

Joe has been part of the Town side for the last two wins, having started the season recovering from a serious injury he picked up at the end of last season.

Riley’s chance came along due to James Bolton’s knee injury and he admits that he didn’t want to let anyone down.

“It’s been nice to get a couple of games in quick succession”, admitted Joe.

“I was just glad to get through them to be honest. I didn’t really know how fit I would be until 60 or 70 minutes into the Southend game, so I’m glad to get through them both. It’s given me a base now which I can work from and hopefully get fitter and stronger as we go along.

“I didn’t want to come into a team that was winning games and then people say that we got beat because I was playing. I didn’t want that to happen and fortunately it didn’t, so hopefully we can just keep going as we are.”

Blackburn currently sit 11th in League One, but have won their last three games on the road and Joe believes they will be difficult opponents.

"It will be a tough game", Riley said. 

"They’ve got fantastic individual players. They probably haven’t had the start that they would want, but they’ve got an experienced manager that knows this league well and I’m sure they will be up for it on Saturday.

"I think we are just up for every game. Any game that comes our way at the minute we are bouncing into full of confidence and obviously we’ve got Blackburn on Saturday and we will have to raise our game for that."

Town have started brilliantly this season and are unbeaten in the opening eight fixtures, but Riley isn’t getting ahead of himself.

“I’ve experienced it before, at a previous club (Bury), where you do start well and you get carried away”, Joe continued.

“I think we ended up finishing four places above the relegation zone. We had a good start and I think we all thought we had cracked it, but we hadn’t and I know you’ve got to keep both feet on the ground and take it game by game.”

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