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George Pilkington Post Burton

26 September 2018

Pilks thoughts after the practice game with Burton Albion

Shrewsbury Town travelled to St Georges Park this afternoon to face off with Burton Albion in a behind closed doors friendly.

Town came out of the tie with a win under their belt, after Fejiri Okenabirhie and Charlie Colkett managed to both net against the Brewers.

Town coach George Pilkington was pleased with the result, and was glad some of the squad were able to get some valuable minutes in the tank.

“Yeah, it’s a break from training,” Pilkington said. “It’s a bit of competition as well. Coming here it suits both clubs – being able to get players out there and getting 90 minutes under their belt.

“It was a good exercise today and the facilities here are great, so we were able to get the ball down and play.

“Both sides competed and made it realistic. Sometimes it can be difficult when you’re away and there isn’t any crowd there to get the atmosphere going.

“They all applied themselves excellently and it was good to get the win as well.

“A few players were a bit slow to get started and we conceded early on, which is disappointing. From that point we built and got stronger and stronger as the game went on.”

A contingent of younger players and academy members were also involved in the tie. Pilkington was pleased with the contributions of the youngsters.

“They equipped themselves excellently,” George said post match. “They slotted in seamlessly.

“It’s always good to have youth around the place. I think they can learn watching the older and more experienced professionals.

“It helps bring them on and gives them a bit of exposure to the physical side of the professional game as well and they all did very well today.”


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