Craig looks ahead to the trip to the Memorial Ground
Shrewsbury Town Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray admitted that it was nice to be back in the sticks last weekend as Town beat Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park.
MacGillivray came in due to the three match ban for Dean Henderson and pulled off a number of vital saves in the backs to the wall victory.
Craig was pleased to get another opportunity and was happy with his performance.
“It was nice for myself to get the nod in between the sticks for the Portsmouth game”, said MacGillivray.
“Obviously, there were circumstances for that but that doesn’t bother me because I get the opportunity to play and we got the result and a clean sheet.
“Ultimately the goalkeeper’s job is to keep the ball out of the net and to make the saves when required. The conditions weren’t great – wet, windy, horrible – but everyone put a real shift in to get the win.
“It was a big challenge but at the same time you aren’t going to come up against an onslaught like they did every week. You will get some sort of physicality, but considering the conditions as well, that was definitely up there with one of the hardest and most difficult games I’ve played in.”
This weekend Town travel to the Memorial Ground to face Bristol Rovers and MacGillivray is expecting another stern test.
“Once again it will be a very tough game, as every game in this league is”, Craig said.
“I don’t know exactly what their run is, but I know they’ve won their last two, so they will be in good form, good spirits and it’s up to us to go there and try and get the result.
“Wherever you go it’s always going to be a tough game, but once again we will do our homework, prepare right, as we did today, and give ourselves the best chance of getting three points.
“I’m sure it still stings them from when they got beaten by us at home, pretty comfortably in the end, but we know they will definitely want to come and get a bit of revenge and we need to be ready for that.”