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Aaron Wilbraham reflects on Town's Emirates FA Cup exit

19 January 2021


Aaron Wilbraham reflects on Town's Emirates FA Cup exit

19 January 2021

Aaron Wilbraham reflects on Town's 2-0 loss at the hands of Southampton in the Emirates FA Cup third round.

Shrewsbury Town's Emirates FA Cup journey came to an end at St. Mary's as Southampton notched two goals against Salop.

Dan N'Lundulu and James Ward-Prowse were the pair on hand to secure the Saints a spot in the fourth round of the competition.

Aaron Wilbraham was disappointed Town couldn't progress into the next round but was pleased with the performance from the Town squad against Premier League opposition.

On the result:

"I am so proud of the boys. Having three days of preparation and going against anyone, never mind Premier League opposition is tough, so I am so proud of the boys. The boys worked so hard and showed togetherness - including the subs when they came on.

"The willingness to work hard and the attitude of the players after all that time off was incredible. They could have used all the excuses in the world but no one used any excuse. It was my first experience in this type of role and I am proud of what the players gave us.

"If one of our chances goes in, it's something to hold on to. The lads at the back blocked shots and put their bodies on the line. We did the same things that have been getting us results in the league and if one of our chances goes in, it's a different evening.

"We limited Southampton to few chances in the first half and broke behind them on occasions. The team shuffled around together well like they always do. The lads fought until the end and we conceded the free-kick because we were pushing for that goal."

On his personal experience at the helm:

"It has been a crazy experience. I found myself in this position because of horrible circumstances really. We all wish the Gaffer was here and back around the place. The lads really buy into him because of his knowledge of the game."


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