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Ben Godfrey Pre West Ham United

16 January 2018

Godfrey looks ahead to FA Cup tie

Shrewsbury Town Midfielder Ben Godfrey admits that a place in Round Four of the FA Cup would be the perfect late birthday present.

Ben turned 20 yesterday and will now line-up against Premier League side West Ham in tonight’s Third Round replay.

Godfrey was voted man of the match by the BBC in the first game and he is now looking forward to making his mark at the Olympic Stadium.

“It would be a massive birthday present”, smiled Ben.

“It’s not going to be easy, but we go there confident and we will see what we can do. It doesn’t come around often to play at the London Stadium, so we are going to enjoy but we’ve got a job to do.

“It’s definitely one of the biggest stadiums I’ve played in, but there’s no pressure and I’m going to enjoy it. It might be a big occasion but I’m going to have fun and do my best out there to get a result.”

Many outsiders may feel that Town’s chance went when they failed to win the first game, but Ben believes they can still cause an upset.

“We had a lot of chances,” Godfrey said.

“We were a little bit gutted after the game at home because if we had taken our chances it probably would have been a totally different game and we might have put two or three past them.

“It might not be like that this time around, but we will go there, give our all and it will be good if we can get a result.

“We know how good we are and it will make a big statement if we do go to a Premier League side and get a result. We more than matched them last time, so I don’t see why we can’t do that again.”

3,000 fans will be making the trip from Shrewsbury to London and Godfrey paid tribute to them.

“All season the support has been top class”, Ben said.

“They have travelled hundreds of miles across the country, so I take my hat off to them. 3,000 to West Ham is unbelievable, especially on a Tuesday night, so I would like to say thank you to all them.”


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