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Dave Edwards Post Bradford City

19 November 2019


Dave Edwards Post Bradford City

19 November 2019

Dave Edwards reflects on Town's well earned victory that sees them march on into the second round.

A goal in the 65th minute from Dave Edwards proved the difference between the two sides as Town stood resolute as ever in defence. 

Dave spoke to Shrewsweb shortly after the final whistle to give his initial reaction to the game.

"It's nice to get a goal, just for the fans. I think the trip in this cold weather on a Tuesday night deserves so much credit and we can't thank them enough for doing that.

"It's nice to be in the hat now for the second round, a home tie against Mansfield and we'll be confident to go and win that game and hopefully another cup run.

A second half substitution, Dave was pleased to score a goal in front of the Town fans.

"It's something I always do, if the cross is right I'll always have the instinct to get ahead of my man and that was the case [with this goal]. As soon as I saw Donald get it out of his feet, I made my run and it was a great ball in.

"It was nice to do it down the end closest to the Shrewsbury fans, seeing my last two goals have been in empty stadiums, so it was nice to score in front of the away fans. Big credit has to go to Donald for the ball though.

Dave has now scored 3 goals for Town this season after returning to the club in January, two in the Trophy and now one in the FA Cup. A tally he hopes to continue to add to over the season.

"It was difficult at the start of the year with goals and form, I feel like I'm fitter and stronger and getting into positions and with that hopefully I can score more goals.

"Throughout my career, I've kind of scored in bits and bursts, scoring in games close together, my brother always messages me around the festive period and says 'this is when you start scoring goals', so it's nice to start a few weeks earlier and hopefully I can continue that and get scoring on a more regular basis and keep the run going.

"Momentum is a big thing at a football club and we seem to have it at the moment. Going into Bristol Rovers now it brings us more confidence, so if we can keep our league form going, stay in the cups, going into the new year will be great.

"We didn't play well tonight and the gaffer said after the game we can play a lot better, it was quite difficult especially as the game went on, the pitch was getting harder and harder.

"It was a little bit bobbly out there, but I felt once we scored the goal, I don't think they had any chances after that, we were very professional and I'm always confident when we go 1-0 up that we can see the game out. Probably very similar to a couple of years ago when Town had the good run and got into the playoffs, once they got in front [they were] very hard to beat. I think that's a quality we've got as well and that will take you a long way in football matches.

Dave took a moment to praise his teammate, Joe Murphy.

"Joe kept us in the game with an incredible save, it shows how important he has been to the squad while Max has been injured. It was good to see Max back on the bench today but Joe's giving the gaffer a bit of a headache with his performances in recent weeks, but all credit to the team, we saw the game out.

Looking forward to the next round against Mansfield Dave is pleased to be at home.

"You want a home tie and hopefully we can play well and get it done in the first game and don't have to go to a replay, but it's going to be a tough ask. We saw how well Bradford played when they came to the Montgomery Waters Meadow earlier, but with the carrot of the third round tie, we'll be really up for it.

"The FA Cup is always special at Shrewsbury and as I say, the chance to get to that third round and getting some big ties is brilliant for all the players and for the fans.

"We'll be prepared [for Mansfield], we'll do the work for that game. We'll be ready, you know what's at stake for the football club and we'll give it 100% and hopefully we get the result.

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