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Pre Oxford | Chey Dunkley

8 September 2022

Salop centre-back and former Oxford United player Chey Dunkley spoke to the press ahead of tomorrow's game between the two sides.

Dunkley made 96 competitive appearances for The U's and won promotion to League One with them back in 2016.

Now at Shrewsbury, Dunkley says his focus is solely on getting the three points for Town and he will save the pleasantries until after the game.

Dunkley discussed all of the above as well as Shrewsbury's home form and the relationships he has with his teammates.
"I haven't been there for a few years but I am sure their philosophy is the same, and they try to play through the lines when they can.
"They have a good manager who likes to play football. They aim to try and get into the top six and get promoted, but it is the same here as well.
"Like many teams who are going for the same goal to try and get promotion. It is a marathon though so you just have to take it game by game.
"Oxford are a great side, but hopefully, we will be prepared for them on Saturday."
"My side got promoted from League Two to League One. I always follow the team, for every team I played for, I always have a look to see how they are doing and that is just natural for me.
"But hopefully, they don't get the three points this week. I am representing Shrewsbury, and the aim is to get the win. We have got our mission, and our goals, we want to achieve good things this year if we can.
"Oxford are the next opponent so we need to respect them and respect what they give. They are a good side. We have to execute our plans.
"It will be full focus for me before the game. After the game I can have a chat and speak to old faces I respect. There are a lot of good people down there at that club. The be-all and end is that I am there on Saturday to try and get the three points.
"There won't be any shaking hands and having great chats before the game. I have to focus, I am a professional first and foremost. I have got to try and do well for myself and the team and hopefully, that is enough to get us the points."
"We want to try and make our home ground more of a fortress this year as I know they did that last season. If we can try and do that this year as well then we give ourselves a great chance.
"Our away form has been great. May that continue, but we are at and we want to try and get the three points and impose ourselves on any side that comes down to our ground.
It will be great to play in front of our fans, and hopefully, we do them proud and get the result we want."
"I like to think that when we keep clean sheets it is not just the back five it is the whole team. When we score a goal offensively everyone chips in, we build out from the back.
"It might be (Ryan) Bowman or (Christian) Saydee getting a goal, we all celebrate it as if we have scored. I will celebrate the skips (Luke Leahy) goal or Nursey's (George Nurse) because we score as a team and we defend as a team.
"It is a credit to the whole team and how we set up. We try and build ourselves so we are hard to beat first and foremost so it is good to have a good platform to win games. So that is good for us and long may that continue."
"It is not just about what they do on the pitch it is also personal. I think we bond well as a group. It is a group that I have come into and there are no cliques. You will see young lads speaking to some of the older lads and vice versa. Knowing a person personally you might run that extra distance for them. If you are close-knit and that is what we are here. Technically and tactically you do have relationships that help as well.

"Once you do get to know your teammates both on the pitch and off the pitch it does help and it gives you that percentage to make you a little bit more tuned and be in the right positions."


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