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Ollie Norburn Pre Bradford City

7 November 2019

Ollie Norburn looks ahead to Bradford City.

Captain Ollie Norburn takes his turn talking to Shrewsweb. After a hard-earned win on Tuesday night, Ollie shares his thoughts about Town’s performance and looks ahead for Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Bradford City. 

Town dug in deep to get three points on Tuesday night, Ollie shared his thoughts. “It was a good win, I think we needed to bounce back and get the three points after Saturday’s defeat. I think we were unlucky at Wycombe. It’s a massive three points and I think everyone saw a little bit of fight and battle and we come away with what we wanted and what we deserved.” 

Peterborough had three of League One’s top goal scorers in their side Tuesday and Town managed to keep them away from scoring. Town’s defence yet again, kept another clean sheet. “We speak about defending and scoring goals and everything we’re doing is as a team. It’s from the front, whoever is starting upfront, the defending starts there and obviously big credit to the back lads as well, they’re handling the strikers but everything’s a big team effort.  

"We speak about a lot of things and we know we can score more goals but that’s also a team effort and that’s got to come from midfielders chipping in, myself and other players chipping in and defenders chipping in on set pieces so there’s lots of things we can improve on which I see as a good thing because I think we’re in a good place. Performances can improve, individual performances can improve but we’re in a decent place, a decent position and we know there’s a lot more in us to come. We feel confident, we’ve come up against most teams in the league that are above us and we’ve got some hard games coming up. We've got nothing to fear, we know the quality that’s in the squad and we’re ready to kick on.” 

Norburn was part of Town’s great FA Cup run last year. “We got Wolves and Stoke and they’re the types of games you want to be playing but it’s a massive thing, The FA Cup, for the club and as for us as players because you get to go and test yourself against higher oppositions so we’ll be going out there to win the game on Saturday and get through to the next round.” 

Ollie captained Town for the Wolves game for the first time. “The first time the gaffer gave me the arm band was at Molineux, Wolves away so that was a nice feeling. I haven’t looked back since, I embraced it and we put in some decent performances in The FA Cup so it’s good memories and hopefully we can create some more.”  

Town will want to replicate their recent FA Cup run as it will mean a lot to the club and to the players. “All respect to Bradford on Saturday because it’s not going to be an easy game. I think they’re flying high in their league, they’ve got a good manager and good players and it’ll be a tough game so we’ve got to be on our game just like we have in recent games and ready to get through to the next round.” 

Bradford have had good FA Cup runs in their past after beating, what were, Champions of England Chelsea, on their own turf at Stamford Bridge in a goal scoring thriller. “No game is easy in The FA Cup; it doesn’t really matter about your league position because it kind of gets thrown out the window. That’s why you see so many upsets so we’ve got to be focused and treat it like any other game.” 


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