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Aaron Wilbraham previews Salop's game against Cheltenham Town

17 December 2021

Assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham previews Town's next Sky Bet League One fixture at home to Cheltenham.

Shrewsbury Town are back at Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow as they host Cheltenham Town. 

Salop head into the fixture off the back of three away games in eight days and most recently lost out away at Doncaster Rovers. Joseph Olowu's 79th-minute header was enough to secure the points for the hosts.

Assistant manager Wilbraham said it's hard to gauge where the two sides are despite their earlier meeting in the season but hopes his team can get a favourable result.

On the fixture:

“I think it’s a hard game to gauge because of the sending off. We played so well up until the sending off and then obviously after Benno’s [Elliott Bennett’s] sending off we were up against it but we’ve still been looking at Cheltenham’s games since that point and we looked at all of the games before we played them the last time, so the same preparation will go into it.

“I think a lot of teams in this division have got mixed styles of play; they can play out from the back, they can go direct and I think Cheltenham are one of those teams – as are we – so I think you can look at styles, but I think the teams that mix it up are better teams and I think Cheltenham are one of those sides so we’ll have to look at all aspects of their game.

“It’s always good to have that momentum from getting promoted and teams always seem to do well when they come up. They started well, had a bit of a dip, and now find themselves looking for results like ourselves so it should be a good game. We want to go into it fresh after the seven days of preparation and try and get the right result for us.

“We’ve still got a couple [of injuries] to assess but there’s still a few things we’re looking at and we’ll have to wait and see nearer the time.”

On the home form:

“It’s a difficult one because last season it was the opposite, but I think the crowd has been getting behind the lads which is important, and I think the crowd being back in has made a massive difference – I think that’s to our advantage. When they get behind the boys from the start you can see it gives the lads a boost.”

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