Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Marko Marosi spoke to the press this morning to discuss tomorrow’s trip to MK Dons.
Marosi is currently chasing the record for most clean sheets kept by a Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper in a single League One season. Marosi is tied with Dean Henderson on 14 clean sheets and has six games left to make the record his own.
Town kept five clean sheets in their six league games last month and are looking to carry that magnificent form into the final month of the season as they chase down the top half.
Speaking just before travelling over to Milton Keynes, Marosi discussed the record, the upcoming match, and how he thinks the goalkeeper position has changed over time.
On the game:
“It’s a tough game. They’re a really good footballing team and it will be a tough game like every game is in this league but anything can happen. We’re going into the game in a positive way and we’ll try and keep the momentum going.
“I think it will be [a good game]. As I said, they’re a very good footballing team and they’ve got a lot of threats – but so have we. We’ve been very solid, the mood has been positive and I think you can see that the togetherness has shown on the pitch so yeah, I think it’ll be a good game. I think they’ll be similar [to how they played in the reverse fixture], their philosophy is almost total football and they’re going to stick to their guns but it will be up to us to combat that.
“We’ve become more solid and we’ve worked hard on the training pitch to be solid. We’ve got a good shape about us and there’s a better understanding now. The togetherness of the group and a desire to do well and turn it around has shown and you can see that in the results.”
On the record:
“It’s a good challenge. It’s always nice to be getting clean sheets and I think it’s a great achievement for ourselves considering when we got that first clean sheet and it’s amazing how many clean sheets we’ve kept since then – it shows the desire of the squad again. The defending, the blocks; the lads have been great and it’s a team effort.”
On the development of the goalkeeper’s role over time:
“It’s different, especially where I grew up and learned to be a goalkeeper in Slovakia. The training is the same but we’ve added playing out from the back to it and now it's a lot of kicking, a lot of passing, more involvement with the boys whereas back in the day it was all about diving around, being brave, the shot-stopping, but the game has evolved and you can see that in leagues all over the world.
“Ever since I’ve come into professional football, that’s the sort of philosophy [a goalkeeper needs to be good with their feet] I got exposed to wherever I’ve been. You still have to practice and you still have to improve but I do feel comfortable on the ball and it’s a good thing to have because then we can mix it up. Sometimes we have to go long and sometimes we have to play out so I have to be comfortable on the ball and the lads have to be comfortable with me behind them and trust me with the ball.”