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Pre Bolton | Matt Pennington

9 December 2022


Pre Bolton | Matt Pennington

9 December 2022

Matt Pennington was on press duties ahead of tomorrow's game against Bolton Wanderers.

Centre-back Matt Pennington is currently sat on 96 appearances for Shrewsbury Town and is expected to hit the century mark in the next few weeks.

As well as playing in almost every game this season, 'Penno' has also bagged himself four goals in all competitions and equalled his tally for last season.

After heading out on a host of loan moves from his boyhood club Everton, Shrewsbury is just the second club Pennington has permanently called home.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's game, Penno discussed the season so far for both himself and the team as a whole. He also reflected on his time in Shropshire and praised boss Steve Cotterill for the work he has done since joining the club.

On the season so far:
"I think it has been pretty solid. We could have had a few better results, but we have had some good ones too. I think our performances have been good, and if we can get a good run over the Christmas period, it will have been a solid start." 
On getting close to 100 appearances for the club:
"I joined a couple of months after the gaffer started here. I came on loan initially for six months and it was ideal for me to come into a team and play games regularly. I think that has benefitted me massively in terms of being able to add to my game. I think that consistency has helped me and I've really enjoyed being a part of it here. I've seen the changes that the manager and the staff have made here since they first came in and it has been really positive - the club is going in the right direction. I'm happy and long may that continue."
On settling into the club:
"I have never really had that before because I was at Everton for a long time. I've been on loan loads so this is the first place I have felt properly settled and I have had a couple of years - almost two seasons at it. It has been really good for me and my game has benefitted from it as well."
On relationship with Steve Cotterill:
"I have learnt loads since I've been here with the manager, I'm learning all the time, the way he talks about the game. Even when I go home and watch football on TV, I'm starting to think the way he might think. That's really good and helps me to help other players. It's been really good and everyone is improving while he's here."
On leadership role:
"That is something you can build more as you stay at a club longer and also as you get older. You develop those skills and qualities and that's something I'm looking to do. I do enjoy helping the young lads when I can, putting an arm around them when they need it. But giving them bits of advice is a part of the job that I enjoy as well."
On scoring goals:
"As I have had that consistency of playing, I know the system and it allows me to add to my game. I always used to be able to get a goal or two, but I feel like I'm getting into positions when I can score more often. Especially on the right of a three and with the set pieces. That has been really nice and hopefully, I can keep scoring a few more.
"We are working on our shape all the time. We work on set pieces a lot as well, we do a lot of that work the manager is meticulous with that sort of stuff. We all know what we should be doing and where we should be."


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