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David Longwell previews Town's fixture with Portsmouth

25 March 2021

David Longwell previews Town's Sky Bet League One home fixture with Portsmouth.

Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend as Steve Cotterill's men welcome Portsmouth to Shropshire.

Salop will be full of confidence going into the tie after securing all three points against Burton Albion away from home last time out.

Town First-Team Coach David Longwell is expecting a tough test from the away side but feels Town's momentum will benefit the Shrews during the battle.

On Town's ability to string results together:

"Character and togetherness within the squad is really strong. Since the Manager has come in, he's built confidence and resilience within the team. I think individually, the lads are feeling confident. They all have a really strong mentality.

"If you're winning games, you feel confident. When you lose games, it can affect it. That hasn't been an issue at all for the lads. They work really hard and that has given them results and rewards. The Manager instills that if we can't win, don't get beat.

"We always make sure we try to go on decent runs and we've done it again. It's pleasing to see the strength and character that the lads have got.."

On the test of Pompey:

"It's always a little bit more difficult going up against teams that have had a managerial change recently. The Cowley brothers have gone in and they've got a good track record. They got a good result last week and those points will give them a lift.

"We have watched the last game to see if we can pick up on little bits but we always focus on ourselves. We look at what we can do and how we can pick up points. We will make sure we're ready for the game whilst being respectful of the opposition.

"Portsmouth is a big club and they have some good players. Respect will be given but we are going into the game with confidence to try and get a result. They won their last game and they have good players - it will be a tough test.

"We have to be aware that the new manager will change the system and personnel. We have to be aware and make sure what we come across. We need to make sure we go out there with the right mind-set. If we do that, we give ourselves the best chance of winning."

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