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Nathanael Ogbeta previews Town's fixture with Charlton Athletic

12 March 2021


Nathanael Ogbeta previews Town's fixture with Charlton Athletic

12 March 2021

Nathanael Ogbeta previews Town's Sky Bet League One fixture with Charlton Athletic.

Shrewsbury Town are on the road for a second time this week as Steve Cotterill's men take on Charlton Athletic at the Valley.

Town will be looking to make it back-to-back wins with the fixture against the Addicks following on from Salop victory over Rochdale AFC away from home.

Town left-wing-back Nathanael Ogbeta is pleased to have earned consistent game-time with the Shrews and the 19-year-old is looking to help Town build on recent results.

On his first months with Salop:

"I am really enjoying being here. This is a great opportunity to play games here and learn what it takes to be a professional football player. Academy football is relaxed, whereas here, it's full-on with games every week.

"There is pressure to win games and it's such a privilege to be a part of that. I am learning so much from everyone and it's an honour. I feel like I am really developing as a player and as a person.

"Playing games has really helped me understand the game. I am finding who I am as a player and I didn't get that at City. Here, there is freedom, and I can express myself, especially going forward. I am finding my feet and I am privileged to be here.

"I feel like the difference between men's football and 23's is the demands physically. 23's is more about development and here it's about the three points. Certain things can be sacrificed to get the win. It gives you a focus and you can't switch off - a goal can come from anything.

"I look at each game I play in. I like to see what I did well and where I can be better. It gives me an opportunity to see where I can help the team more. With the busy schedule, I have lots of games to put things right."

On Charlton:

"Charlton is a big club and I feel like it's going to be a game where we need to stop their threats. If we can stop their strikers, we have a good chance to get the result. We have a strong atmosphere around the team again. Good results always help and having that desire to work for each other makes you strong. 

"Even in the Rochdale game, everyone just worked hard for each other. Strikers are there for goals, but it's so much more here, their work is so important. The energy we have as a team really drives us and we want to use that. We want to nullify their threats and push forward. My body is getting used to so many games. At first, it was tough, but now I am just excited for the next game."

Read the Salop match preview ahead of the fixture...


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