Assistant Manager looks ahead to the Final
Shrewsbury Town’s Assistant Manager, Chris Doig, is hopeful of picking up some silverware when Town travel to Wembley on Sunday.
Shrewsbury face Lincoln City in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, a competition the club have taken seriously this season, and Doig doesn’t want to fall at the final hurdle.
“This is why the Gaffer’s taken it very seriously from the start because you want try and win something. The boys have been fantastic, managed to get to the final and we’ve just got to try and finish it off now.”
Chris has won at Wembley both as a player, with York City, and as an Assistant Manager, with Grimsby Town. He believes it’s one of the best experiences any footballer can have.
“You never want to turn down the chance to go to Wembley”, Doig said.
“Having been there and played there it’s just an experience you want to repeat over and over. Some of the lads are getting the chance to do it again, some of the lads it’s their first time, so it’s a great opportunity to play there and it’s a chance of winning a trophy.
“I don’t think you quite realise how good it is until you walk up those steps and you look down on the fans – that’s really when it hits you. I really enjoyed the Wembley experience and everything that went with it, but it wasn’t until I went up those steps and got the trophy that it hit me.”
There has been more interest in the build-up to this game from the media, but Doig is urging to players to focus on the match itself.
“It’s just another game”, said Chris.
“You just approach it the way you always do, give your all, try your hardest and hopefully it will be good enough on the day. It’s a fantastic learning curve, but we will approach it in the normal way, and I’m sure the lads will be fine and they will enjoy the experience.
“The lads will be well aware of Lincoln and the players that we think will play. We will prepare like we normally do in terms of how we approach games and come kick-off it’s down to the lads to go and do the business.
“They’ve obviously had a successful couple of years since Danny and Nicky went in. They are very high energy, very direct, they go back to front, so it’s something we will have to stand up to, but we’ve got to go there and try and play our game, and if we do that and we play to our best then it gives us a chance of winning the game.”