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Dave Edwards pre Rochdale

1 February 2020


Dave Edwards pre Rochdale

1 February 2020

Dave Edwards previews Town's trip to the Crown Oil Arena.

Shrewsbury Town are back on the road this weekend as Salop take on Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena.

Town will be looking for a return to winning ways after losing out to Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium last time out.

Town’s number four, David Edwards, feels Town have enough to bounce back with a win against The Dale. He said: “They are probably the best footballing team we have played against. We found them really hard to deal with last time. The way they play is really good.

"They have a manager who knows exactly what he wants to do. They try to play attractive football at all costs. It will be difficult but we desperately need to pick up some points to keep our season alive - it's a huge game for us.

"We had a really disappointing night in Gillingham and we knew getting three points there would have really lifted us. Rochdale gives us a great opportunity to put that right.

"We don't want this season to just go into a downward spiral. We want to be competing at the top end of the table. I believe we have a team that can do that but we need to be more consistent.

"We need to pick up points. Since Christmas, it hasn't been good enough. We've had good FA Cup performances but out bread and butter is the league. We want to be challenging for that top six. If we don't do it now, it will end up being a poor season."

Dave expects a tough test from the home side and feels The Dale's style of play will pose a strong test for Salop. He said: "Its always a tough place to go, the pitch isn't great there.

"The way they play football is very expansive, they won't make it easy for us. But saying that, I believe we have a team that on our day we can beat anyone. I fully expect us to go there and get a result if we perform. We have to match them with hard work and win that game of football.

"Having the games coming thick and fast is what you want as a footballer. We can't use travel as an excuse. We go to these places on a nice bus, we stay in hotels and all the recovery protocols are followed.

"We traveled down to Rochdale last night so there are no excuses. We will be there 100 percent right and then it's down to our performance."

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