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Tom Flanagan looks ahead to Shrewsbury's Good Friday game with Sunderland

14 April 2022


Tom Flanagan looks ahead to Shrewsbury's Good Friday game with Sunderland

14 April 2022

Tom Flanagan spoke to the press ahead of tomorrow's trip to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Flanagan spent three and a half years at Sunderland before transferring to Shrewsbury in January this year.

The centre-back was a big part of Lee Johnson’s side before he made the switch to Shropshire and has now become integral to Steve Cotterill’s squad.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, Flanagan discussed the game, what Shrewsbury can expect from Sunderland and his Easter plans.

On the game:

“It’s just another game, to be honest. It’s one of them where I’ve cut ties really, I still speak to the players because I was there for a long time but it’s all changed there so yeah, I’m just seeing it as another game really; we’ve got our goal and they’ve got their goal but we’ve just got to concentrate on where we want to be and we can put ourselves in a really good position. I know some people say we’re not playing for anything but we’ve got a goal we’re trying to achieve and it is definitely achievable and a win away from home will back up that good performance against Ipswich.”

On Sunderland:

“It’s a tough place to go but it will also – and I’ve seen it happen – it will bring out the best in opposition players if they can not play like the occasion but just enjoy their time there. One thing I would definitely say about the fans is that there will probably be somewhere around 30,000-35,000 which is incredible really. I was there during some bad runs and some great runs and the support never dipped below that 30,000 mark which is incredible. You want to play in front of crowds like that and if you can get to a league where that is the standard every week, then you’re doing well for yourself.

 “I know the players individually because no one came in after I left so I’ve got that insight, but it’s the consistency so we don’t know what they’re going to bring and I don’t know the manager at all, I’ve never met him. I might’ve played against his sides one or two times but in that respect, I’ve got no idea what they do. I know he’s got the backing from the lads, he’s got the team on his side which I think is a big thing. I think that will help with the situation they’re in where they have to win every game.”

On his Easter plans:

“Travel up, stay the night, three points, on the coach, back home, lay in the next day, run around with the kids, play again.”


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