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Pre Cheltenham | Tom Flanagan

30 September 2022


Pre Cheltenham | Tom Flanagan

30 September 2022

Tom Flanagan spoke to the press ahead of our League One clash at Cheltenham tomorrow.

Town head to the Completely-Suzuki Stadium on the back of beating Burton Albion last weekend - a match Flanagan missed due to being on international duty with Northern Ireland.

The centre-back played 90 minutes against both Kosovo and Greece in the Nations League.

Now, though, he is fully focused on Shrewsbury and tomorrow's game against the Robins.


"It was two good games, one positive result one not so positive. But it was a positive two weeks for the group and for myself getting two more caps and playing 90 minutes in both games. 

"But the focus is back here now. We’re not going to the World Cup so there are no international games until next year so that’s out of my mind and done with. 

"It was nice to meet up with all the boys. But now it’s nice to be back, it’s the first time I’ve been away and missed a game so that was a bit strange. 

"I played the same day so I didn’t get to see the result until after my game. But it was good to come back with the boys all being upbeat because they have had a good performance and a good win."


"It’s been positive. There are a few frustrations there – we could be quite a bit higher, it seems crazy that I’m complaining we’re ninth in the table but we could be higher. 

"There is a long way to go and a lot can happen. 

"We have had a couple of results where we really should have won the game. What happened with me getting sent off against Accrington for example. 

"What we don’t want to be doing is looking back on those games at the end of the season so there is plenty of work to do. 

"The first game of the season at Morecombe, we should have put that one to bed.  

"Port Vale – we should have never lost that game. That is probably the low point of the season so far. 

"We are a team that started quite well. Then we hit a stalemate. We are going good again but I think we will get better.

"That is a good position to be in and I think we could end up being there or thereabouts at the end of the season."


"I think it’s a tight-knit group. That comes from the manager and his recruitment.

"He is ultimately interested in how good you are at football.

"But he will maybe take someone who isn’t as good if they are a better person and if it is a tight call in that respect. And I think that has paid dividends. 

"I don’t think there is anyone in that dressing room looking over their shoulder and thinking ‘what is he saying about me?’ 

"For myself, it’s probably the smallest squad I have ever worked with but I see that as a positive. 

"We don’t have people mopping around if they aren’t playing. I totally understand why players do that, it’s frustrating and I’ve probably done that. 

"But I think having that small squad helps the group because everyone knows they are there or thereabouts. 

"You know one good performance could keep you in the team but there is enough there to know if you don’t perform you can easily slip out of the team."


"Penno I know what he does, better than what I know what Chey does and that’s because I played with Penno for the second half of last season. 

"In regards to Dunks, I am still learning with him and he is still learning with me.  

"He tells me what he likes and I tell him what I like and we meet in the middle. We may have a little argument and it gets sorted out. But that’s just the way it is. 

"In respect to Marko, he has been fantastic again. I kind of know what he wants to do and I think we have got a good relationship. 

"We stick together, between the three of us there has never been any finger-pointing or anything like that. 

"We have got our own little target which we are all really keen to hit."


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