Winger looks ahead to Rochdale game
Shrewsbury Town winger Shaun Whalley is urging his teammates to keep up the pressure on Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers at the top of League One.
Just two points separate the three clubs going into the weekend and Shaun thinks it could be a pivotal time in the season.
“We can’t do anything about Blackburn or Wigan’s performances or results, but we’ve just got to try and keep winning our games – it’s as simple as that”, said Whalley.
“We’ve got a lot of points already and if we can carry on like that then I’m sure we won’t be far away, but it’s all depending on whether Blackburn and Wigan keep up the pace as well. I’m sure there will be lots of twists and turns left and we will see what happens.
Town’s first opponents are Rochdale on Good Friday. Dale are currently 23rd in League One, five points away from safety, and Whalley is surprised by the struggles they have had this season.
“I think they are a good team and they were a good team last season”, Shaun said.
“I obviously haven’t seen many of their games, but for some reason they find themselves at the bottom of the league. But, their last few performances have been really good and they are trying to get out of it now, so we know we are in for a tough game.
“I think we know that on their day they can beat most teams in the league and it’s going to be tough, but we will be prepared and hopefully we can go there, put in a performance and get a result.”
Rochdale’s side will include Stephen Humphrys who spent the second-half of the season on loan at Shrewsbury last season and Shaun is aware of the threat he carries.
“It’s always the case, when somebody plays against their old club, of whether they handle it well or not”, Whalley continued.
“It’s always written in the script that they come back and do well, but I know that a couple of times I played against old teams and didn’t do very well, so it could go the other way and I’m hoping it’s the latter.”