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Pre Plymouth | Aaron Wilbraham

17 April 2023

Interviews

Pre Plymouth | Aaron Wilbraham

17 April 2023

Assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham met with the media ahead of our game against Plymouth tomorrow.

Town welcome Steven Schumacher's side to Montgomery Waters Meadow just a few days after putting in an impressive display against Portsmouth.

Shrewsbury secured a point against Pompey despite the absence of a host of injured players with Matt Pennington, Christian Saydee and Rekeil Pyke all in the treatment room while Tom Bayliss, Dan Udoh and George Nurse have all been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Those absentees meant our bench was made up of academy players with Kade Craig, Josh Barlow, Nana Owusu, Declan Hutchings and Travis Hernes joining goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne.

Speaking to the assembled media, Aaron issued a fitness update ahead of tomorrow's game and said how Town's players are looking forward to the challenge of taking on the League One leaders.

And the assistant manager also praised Elliott Bennett - who marked his 500th professional appearance with an assist against Pompey.

ON THE PORTSMOUTH PERFORMANCE: 

"It was a good performance. After a few defeats we wanted to get some points on the board, and I think we deserved all three if we’re honest. 

"To come away with a draw was disappointing because I felt we deserved to win. 

"But the mood in the camp is good and now another game has come around quickly."

ON ROB STREET’S GOAL AGAINST PORTSMOUTH: 

"I thought he worked really hard Streety, he gave their centre-halves a tough game. 

"He put himself about. But I think everyone, from the back all the way to the front – everyone worked really hard. 

"But Streety deserved his goal and it was great to see him get it."

ON THE SUPPORT OF THE FANS: 

"The fans are always honest and if the fans are supportive then the players know they have been all-in. 

"And that’s all the gaffer ever asks of the players – to be all-in, every game.  

"When we are (all-in), we’ll give anyone in this division a game. 

"I thought the lads responded well to the games over the Easter weekend, they went out and gave everything."

ON ELLIOTT BENNETT REACHING 500 FOOTBALL LEAGUE APPEARANCES: 

"It’s great for Benno. I played with Benno twice, at Norwich and at Bristol City so I’m sure I would have been involved in a few of those 500. 

"He’s been a great servant to the game. He's a great character, always positive around the place. 

"He's obviously played at a very high level and he played really well on Saturday. 

"He won the ball back to start with (in the build-up to Rob Street’s goal), he then played a one-two, got it back and delivered a great ball in for Streety who had a great header."

ON THE SQUAD AND INJURIES:

"We have been really unlucky on that side. At the moment every hour is crucial and we are just waiting to see how a few are tomorrow night. 

"We’re going to have to wait and see closer to the time.  

"It has been difficult over the past few weeks but I think the lads that have come in and played have done really well. 

"It’s challenging but every time we have been challenged the boys who have come in have always tried their hardest and that’s all you can ask for. 

"We know we are stretched at the moment, teams have to deal with that but it has been really difficult."

ON PLYMOUTH: 

"They are doing really well. They’re top of the league so they are going to be full of confidence. 

"They did well last season and they have built on that. 

"I think Steven Schumacher has done a great job down there. He has got some great players, he has got a big squad and a lot to choose from. 

"We have to relish the challenge – going up against the league leaders.  

"We have to give it our all again, like we did on Saturday, and hopefully we can get the right result for us."

ON THE GAME AT HOME PARK:

"We were unlucky. To get beat in the last minute is always difficult. We played really well that night. 

"We have come up against them already, we know what they are about. They are a good team, nobody is denying that. 

"But we fancy ourselves against anybody in this division, especially with our home form, so we’ll give everything to try and get the right result for us."  

ON THE FINAL FIVE GAMES: 

"We want to give a good account of ourselves. We don’t want to be one of those teams that let other teams down at this stage of the season. 

"We are playing to stay in that top 10 and we will fight to the very end – whoever we are up against. 

"From the start of the season, we have always aimed to be as high as possible, nobody can deny that. 

"I think it’s been tough with the injuries and with the squad being so small, but we’ve had to deal with it. 

"And I think in these final games we have to give everything we can to finish as high as we possibly can."

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