Assistant Manager looks ahead to Carabao Cup First-Round
Shrewsbury Town’s Assistant Boss John Filan is looking for the side to bounce back after their stoppage time defeat to Charlton on Saturday.
Town looked to be heading home with a point from the valley until Karlan Grant struck a dramatic 90th minute winner for the Addicks.
Tuesday night’s game against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup offers Town an opportunity to pick up their first win of the season and Filan hopes they can take it.
“One thing football brings you is another opportunity”, said John.
“We’ve worked today on certain aspects and we will go again tomorrow and look to improve on obviously the result, but also build on the positive performances of individuals and the group.
“We want to win games. This is the next game, so we want to win it and then we want to win the one after.
“I think looking too far ahead isn’t an advantage. The challenge we’ve got next is Burton, so we will deal with that and then look forward afterwards.”
Burton will be looking to get their season up and running, having lost their first two league games, but John wants Shrewsbury to concentrate on themselves.
“I think every game has different aspects, different clubs and different players”, said Filan.
“We’ve got to focus on what we’re doing I think, be aware of aspects of their game and their strengths, but from our point of view we’d rather focus on what we want to do when we’ve got the ball, limit what they can do when they’ve got it, and use our attacking players and our ball movement to cause them as many problems as possible.”
Tuesday night’s game could offer a chance to get minutes into one or two players and Filan believes the squad will be important to deal with the quantity of games over the season.
“It’s a squad game and obviously there’s a lot of games this season”, John said.
“The manager’s got choices that he can make and everyone we’ve got here is an important part of the squad, so I think he will weigh up all options.
“I think we’ve got a couple of knocks here and there, but we will just see how they go over the next 24-hours.”