Shrewsbury Town assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow’s trip to MK Dons.
A former club of Wilbraham’s, the Dons boast the longest unbeaten run of any side in the football league and have not tasted defeat in 12 games.
They currently sit in third place, just outside the automatic promotion places, but could easily sneak into the top two during this final month of the season.
Speaking earlier today, Wilbraham discussed the fixture, his time at MK Dons, and Tyrese Fornah winning Player of the Month for March.
On the game:
“We’re looking forward to it; two in-form teams should make it a good game. They’ve had a bit of a break whereas we haven’t, but with no midweek game that shouldn’t make a difference and both teams will be fresh, I’m sure. They’re on a good run and we’re on a good run so it’s a game both sides will be looking forward to.
“I think they’re a possession-based team, they try and dominate possession and we know that. We’re quite good in those situations as a team but I don’t know if it’ll be a similar game to last time because I think both teams have come on a long way since then so yeah, it’ll be an exciting fixture that both sets of fans will be looking forward to and hopefully the lads can put on a good show.
“Tom [Flanagan] came back from international duty and he did really well for Northern Ireland while he was away. It was good to have him come back yesterday. Everyone has come through really well and off the top of my head, I can’t think of any concerns so everyone else is good to go.”
On Shrewsbury Town’s season:
“We always knew it would be a transitional season with the manager not having been here very long and him having COVID, so it was always going to take time for the gaffer to put his stamp on the team and I think you can see that happening now. The clean sheets and Marko going for the record [the most clean sheets kept by a Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper in a League One season] is a challenge for everybody and we all want Marko to get that record. As a team, we defend from the front so we’re proud of those clean sheets but I think the team has come on a lot since then – we’ve got a bit more of an identity. The team is picking itself at the moment because of the good results we’ve had and we just want to continue that form and have a strong finish to the end of the season.”
On his time at MK Dons as a player:
“I had a really special time at MK. I’ve still got my place there and I’ve still got a lot of friends there so I like going back there. Pete Winkleman, the Chairman, is a great guy and someone who really looked after me early on in my career so it’ll be good to catch up with some old faces, that’s for sure!”
On Tyrese Fornah winning Player of the Month:
“I think Ty’s been really good these last few games. I don’t think he’d played a lot of football when he came in so it was always going to take a bit of time for him to come up to speed with the other lads who had a great pre-season - and you can see that now with their running - but yeah, he’ll tell you himself that it took him a bit of time to adjust to that. I think, having played the games since David Davis’ injury, he’s come on leaps and bounds and become an integral part of that midfield and I think he deserves his Player of the Month award.”