Josh Laurent looks ahead to Town's trip to Portman Road
Town are back on the road this Saturday as they head to early promotion favourites Ipswich Town.
After struggling with injury in the early stages of the season, Town midfielder Josh Laurent has managed to get some crucial minutes under his belt and is looking to cement his place in the starting eleven.
Shrewsweb spoke to Josh this morning about how he's finding being back on the pitch.
“It’s all good now, although I’m nervous every day I train,” Josh joked. “I feel really good, but I’ve just got to try and manage myself well now.
“I think we’ve had some bad luck with injuries at the moment. I think we’re dealing well with it as a squad. Players like Edo have come straight back from injury and gone straight into the deep end and dealt with it really well.“
Although Josh has been side-lined through injury he has still managed to watch every Town game and has been encouraged from what he’s seen on the pitch so far this season.
“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen so far, the main thing has been consistency. Nearly every game we’ve put in the same performance especially in the league. We know what we’re going to get from ourselves now.
“We’ve set a standard for ourselves; we’ve not conceded many goals if we can keep clean sheets you’ve always got a chance of winning games. If you can put a little run together it will take you far in this league.”
Josh has also been impressed with the personalities that Sam has brought into the club over the summer.
“The Gaffer has done really well over the summer, he’s brought in some good players who are good characters. We’re really close as a group this year. It’s just a better vibe in general and that’s down to the Gaffer.”
Josh is hoping to get some more minutes under his belt against an Ipswich side who are already tipped for automatic promotion.
“I expect them to be quite a high tempo, they’ve just come from the Championship so they’ll be confident that they think they can breeze the league. Every game for them is going to be a big game for them as everyone is going to want to beat them.
“Players like myself have never played there before so I’m really looking forward to it, playing at the stadium and in front of a big crowd.”
Town went into several games last season as underdogs but put in some memorable performances. Josh played a key part in some of these games scoring crucial goals against Stoke and Wolves and takes confidence going into Saturday’s game.
“We can beat anyone on our day we’ll give them a good game and it will be a close game. You’ve seen us defensively this year, I’m not scared of anyone I don’t think we should be frightened of anyone in the league. We should be the team that after a while everyone looks at us and thinks we’ve got to show these some respect they’re a good team.
“It’s going to be a big atmosphere at a big stadium with a big crowd. It gives you that little extra motivation to cause an upset. You don’t want to be left embarrassed so you want to cause an upset and we’re more than capable of doing that this year.”