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Josh Vela previews Shrewsbury's upcoming match against Ipswich Town

8 April 2022

Salop midfielder Josh Vela spoke to the press ahead of Town’s fixture with Ipswich Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow.

Vela has played an integral part of Steve Cotterill’s side this season and has racked up 36 appearances so far.

Playing in central midfield alongside multiple midfield partners in a variety of formations, Vela has found his season to be okay but feels like he can play better.

Vela discussed the game, his season so far, and his targets for the remaining games this season.

On the game:

“We just need to get back to how we were playing before the MK Dons game and get back to winning ways if possible. We didn’t perform anywhere near the level we can as a team and on a personal level, I didn’t play near the level I can play so I’m looking to put that right tomorrow. They’re [Ipswich] a good side. I think they’re going to just miss out on the play-offs this season but they’re still quite far up the table. They’ve got a new manager from when we last played them so yeah, it’ll be a good test for us."

On his season so far:

“We’ve been playing with two number tens and two holding midfielders recently and I’ve played both of those positions but it doesn’t change things too much for me. Obviously, when I play as a ten I can get forward a bit more whereas the two holding midfielders have to stay back a bit more but we’re all good players who work well together.

“I think it’s been half-decent but I can do better. I’ve done well in a few games but I’ve had suspensions and I’ve been injured so it’s been an alright season. Not quite as good as last year but I’ve done okay I think. When you get an injury, it takes a while to get back up to speed. I came straight back into the team and it took me a couple of games to get going again but then I found a bit of form. It’s always difficult coming back from injuries but it’s one of those things that happens in football and you’ve just got to get on with it.”

On his targets for the final five games of the season:

“I just hope to play all the games and stay injury-free! It’d be nice to get a couple of goals – I know I always say that – but that’s the aim, yeah.”

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