Ethan Ebanks-Landell spoke to the media ahead of tomorrow’s game at home to Morecambe.
Shrewsbury Town’s captain has played 31 games for the club so far this season and hasn’t missed a game since a four-week spell of absence from late November to mid-December.
Ebanks-Landell said he was glad Town's defensive performances had picked up but he wants to contribute more goals to the side, something he is disappointed to not have achieved yet this season.
On the fixture:
“It’s a big game, some would say a six-pointer and I’d probably agree. We’ve had a good week of preparation after a long week last week so hopefully, we can go out and get the job done in front of our home fans. It’s always good to be at home and get your home comforts, obviously away is a bit different and there are a lot of variables, but you can’t control those. Gaffer’s had a full week to get his game plan in place and hopefully, we can execute it on Saturday. I don’t mind it [having a longer session on Thursday], we always know Thursday is going to be very tactical, we need to be concentrating as much as we can – even the boys who might not be in the team – and it takes the whole team to get those tactics right.”
On the defensive improvement this season:
“At the start of the season, I remember saying I was embarrassed by us not having as many clean sheets. It wasn’t just us [the defenders], it starts from the front, and obviously, it’s been a collective team effort to get these clean sheets. [Tom Flanagan has fitted in] well, he’s come in and fitted into the group well. I don’t know him that well yet but obviously, he’s got a bit more experience and he’s a good talker alongside me and Penno [Matthew Pennington] so yeah, he’s good to have.
“Definitely [I want to get more goals], for some reason these last couple of seasons, I haven’t been as prolific as I’d like or as prolific as I have been in previous years.
“We want to continue that [reducing the number of chances the opposition have]. Obviously, it’s not just the defence, it’s not just Marko [Marosi] in goal who has made some great saves these past few weeks, it’s the midfield and especially Digga [David Davis] in front of us, Vels [Josh Vela], [Luke] Leahy, Ty [Fornah] or whoever else steps in and obviously the strikers pressing from the front making it hard for them to even get to us.”