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Pre Peterborough | Carl Winchester

25 November 2022


Pre Peterborough | Carl Winchester

25 November 2022

Carl Winchester met with the media ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup clash against Peterborough.

Town welcome Grant McCann's side to Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow - with both teams set to battle it out for a place in the third round of the world's oldest knockout competition.

Winchester has made a big impression at Shrewsbury since arriving on a season-long loan from Sunderland.

But he has had to work to get over a calf problem over the past few weeks - with the midfielder returning to the starting XI against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game, Winchester discussed his injury, his style of play and relived some of his favourtite FA Cup Memories.

And he also touched on how unlucky Town have been with injuries this season - with Dan Udoh and George Nurse suffering season-ending ACL injuries while Julien Dacosta, Aiden O'Brien and Elliott have also picked up serious knocks.


"I'm feeling a lot better. I came off during the York game as I'd taken a bit of a knock during the week. 

"Then it wasn't right (during the match), so I came off in that game, and then the next two games I was on the bench. 

"Thankfully I completed 90 mins on Saturday which is a positive. 

"It is hard if you are not 100 per cent. You don't want to let yourself or the lads down. 

"On a Saturday or a Tuesday, you need everyone to feel right, and you want to give it your best shot. 

"So sometimes when you are not 100 per cent, you just have to hold your hand up and be honest. 

"But it's good to be back in the fold now."


"You have to help keep their spirits high. But here it has been really harsh. I haven't seen anything like this. 

"It is just one of those things - you have to get on with it.  I believe we have got a squad that is still capable of competing in this league and that is the main thing."


"I've settled in great. It has been really good, I have loved it to be fair. 

"The lads and everyone have been brilliant with me since I came. 

"I knew Flanno (Tom Flanagan) and Taylor Moore so they have helped me settle in. So it has been great and I have loved it. 

"Like everyone says the banter the lads have in and around the training ground is great.

"Before games, everyone is together there is a real togetherness in the group."


"When you are a young lad playing and you want to make a career in the game so you just have to work hard. 

"That has always been drilled into me... hard work, hard work, hard work.  That is all I go off. 

"Sometimes you can have a bad game.  But if you work hard then sometimes people forgive you.

"If you have a bad game, though, and you don't work hard - that is when questions start to get asked. 

"Managers are not stupid they will see who is working hard and who is not.  I just try and work my socks off every game. 

"If you give it your all then you stand yourself in good stead.

"Anyone will tell you that and you can see it if you watch the World Cup games. 

"Japan (by beating Germany) showed us what working hard does against the best players."


"At Sunderland, I played midfield, right wing-back, right centre back and all different positions.

"It is key as a player to adapt to different positions on the pitch because it can help you. 

"Let's say if someone gets an injury and you are not in the team and you play and do well and you take your chance.  That is where being versatile can help you a lot."


"I have some really good memories of the FA Cup. And if you win this game - fingers crossed you get a big team. 

"That is the dream for everyone - they want to go and play in the biggest stadiums in England. 

"I know the boys got a good draw last season so hopefully, if we get through they can repeat that this season. 

"When I was at Oldham we picked Liverpool out in the fourth round. They had Suarez, Gerrard, Sturridge and Henderson - it was a really good team. 

"We were the underdogs that day but, at home, you have that chance and we went and won 3-2 - it was something I will never forget."


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