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Mat Sadler Pre Fleetwood Town

13 February 2018

Club Captain looks ahead to Fleetwood trip

Shrewsbury Town Defender Mat Sadler is hoping that Saturday’s defeat to Plymouth Argyle is just a blip.

Town were beaten 2-1 by the Pilgrims, only their second defeat at home all season.

However, the games come thick and fast and tonight they make the trip to the Fylde Coast to face Fleetwood Town, and Sadler is looking to bounce back straight away.

“It’s something we’re not used to on home soil for sure”, Mat said.  

“A lot’s been made of our good home record because it was, and still is, up there with the best in the league, but what it enables us to do is be thoroughly frustrated by the performance and result, and to put it into context.

“In isolation that wasn’t what we are about and if nothing else it serves as real motivation to suggest that it isn’t right and gives us a real kick up the backside, but it’s a long old season and I think Bury is the only other one that we can be really disappointed with.

“If you can end the season and only have two games as not being great then you’ve had a good season and that will be exactly what we are looking to put right tomorrow night.”  

Last season Town faced Fleetwood on four occasions, losing three times, so Mat is under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be.

“The way their manager sets them up means they will be very difficult to beat”, Sadler continued.

“They are always well organised and on their own patch they like to have a good home record, so it be a very tough game, as it always is at this level, but one that we look forward too.

“When you’ve had a defeat you want to put things right and when you are on a good run you can’t wait for the next one. They are coming thick and fast and they don’t get any easier, but it’s still very exciting times.”

Fleetwood are only three points away from the relegation zone going into tonight’s game, but Town’s Club Captain believes league position will count for very little on the night.

“The league is always very tight”, said Sadler.

“As I alluded to earlier, when we played Bury they were bottom of the league and struggling and they are having some good results now. Plymouth are on the fantastic run they are on as well.

“I always think the key is to set high standards, be well organised, be difficult to beat and you’ve got half a chance.”

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