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Josh Vela previews Town's clash with Bristol Rovers

26 February 2021


Josh Vela previews Town's clash with Bristol Rovers

26 February 2021

Josh Vela previews Town's Sky Bet League One away clash with Bristol Rovers.

The Shrewsbury Town squad are back on the road this weekend as Steve Cotterill's men take on Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.

Unbeaten in four league fixtures, the Shrews will be looking to extend an impressive run with a victory over Joe Barton's Rovers away from home.

In form Salop midfielder Josh Vela is looking forward to the fixture and admits the Town squad are relishing games during a busy fixture schedule.

On the positive run of results:

“The lads are in good spirits. It was good that we managed to get the three points in midweek, which I think we deserved. We needed this good run to push up the table, we needed to do it to get away from the bottom few teams and we’ve done that now and given ourselves a bit of breathing room. We are looking to keep on winning and keep moving up the table, instead of looking behind us.

"Confidence is big in football. If you’ve got confidence on the pitch, then you’re raring to go and get some positive results. If you don’t have confidence then it can be a drag on the pitch and things won’t go your way. We showed on Tuesday night that we can score goals and match any team in the league when we play that way.

“We are a good pressing team and were able to stop MK Dons from doing what they wanted to do, we managed to play our way and get the goals we needed. We are strong and resolute at the back and with the addition of Curtis (Main) up top, his hold-up play can allow us to get up, and then players like myself and Chappy (Harry Chapman) can come into the game.”

On his relationship with Norburn:

“I think we have a good relationship off the pitch and that helps. We enjoy playing together in the middle, it’s easy to play with him because he has quality and I think we would easily match any midfield pairing in this league.”

On Bristol Rovers:

“When a new manager comes in, everyone gets a bit of a lift when they’re going through a tough spell. Joey Barton did a good job at Fleetwood so he’ll certainly have his team fired up for Saturday’s game. They were beaten in midweek but they played quite well so we will have to be ready to put up a fight when we go there.

“We have to keep on doing what we’ve been doing. I presume that Bristol will be different from MK Dons in the way they play because they are struggling down at the bottom of the table but they will definitely put up a fight for us. We have to go out with the same attitude as the last couple of weeks and go out there and get an early advantage to put them on the back foot.”


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