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Luke Leahy looks ahead to this evening's match with Derby County

16 August 2022


Luke Leahy looks ahead to this evening's match with Derby County

16 August 2022

Luke Leahy previewed the game against Derby County on Tuesday at the Mongomery's Waters Meadow.

Leahy will be looking to add to his first league goal of the season as he scored a penalty late in the game when Shrewsbury travelled to Wycombe last Saturday to gain the Shrews their first three points of the season.

Leahy spoke about his feelings on the season so far, upcoming games, scoring the penalty, enjoying the captaincy, how it came about, and how the weather made an impact.

Feelings on the season so far:

"It's been a good start in terms of performance. Some of the results could have been a bit different but the performances have been really good. Games are coming thick and fast and we started it off well last Tuesday with the first win and hopefully another one today."

Games coming up:

"Yeah, (we're) definitely (thriving of big games) these are the weeks you want to be involved in. Good teams are coming to our stadium and I know we played Wycombe away on Saturday and got our first league win, so hopefully, the momentum is there and we can carry it on."

Scoring the penalty in the Wycombe game:

"I enjoy those situations for me to be relied on. I work a lot on my free kicks and penalties and it's good to see it pay off when it matters."

Looking forward to Derby:

"It will be a good game. I have just been told they have sold out their allocation for the game and I'm sure we will have a lot of people coming to the game. It will be a good game but a tough one too. Nevertheless, it's one we are excited about."

Run of games against big stature teams:

"Yeah, it does (help evaluate where Shrewsbury is compared to other teams). If we put in a good performance we know we can do it against the bigger teams in the league and when we're at our best, we are a match for anyone. We're at home as well so it won't be easy for Derby today."

Fixture congestion coming up:

"I enjoy this period now because if you win the previous game you are looking forward to the next game, and if you don't get the result you want you have a chance to put it right 72 hours after so I'm looking forward to what's ahead."

The weather impact:

"You cannot deny it's been tough with the weather and I know it's the same for both sides, but it was really tough Saturday. The pitch was dry and there was no wind so it was tough, but the drink break helped. If it's raining we moan or if it's too hot we moan, so we can't win!"

When league position starts to matter:

"Personally, it starts straight away because the start last year meant we were playing catch up. We won two in a row in October and we didn't move anywhere because we had a bad start so for me, it starts straight away and to get points on the board early gives you a good boost. So, as I said, we got our first three points on Saturday and hopefully again today."


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