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Post Oxford United | Chey Dunkley

4 February 2023


Post Oxford United | Chey Dunkley

4 February 2023

Defender Chey Dunkley chatted to the press following Shrewsbury's 1-0 away win over Oxford United.

The win also means Shrewsbury have now won five league matches in a row for the first time since April 2015.  

Ryan Bowman scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute when he got on the end of a flicked ball by Killian Phillips and took it around Simon Eastwood to net his second goal in as many games. 

The goal lead to wild celebrations in the away end, which Dunkley very much enjoyed and he said he appreciated making the trip down.

"We have had to work hard in the last couple of games. We have had a few late goals in recent games and we know that we will always get one or two chances so we need to make sure we work hard throughout the game.
"I am buzzing to get a win and to keep the run going, the feel-good factor going, but it is important for us to not get too high and start to think too much.
"We have just got to work hard and prepare for the next game which is always going to be tough against Port Vale. They are a good side as well so we need to prepare and do it correctly like we have been doing anyway."
"He is a good keeper and I am not surprised that he makes the saves that he makes because I see it in training.
"He is one of our leaders as well, but against, in my opinion, a good Oxford side, I know that they have a bad run of late, but they are always a dangerous team. 
"They have some good footballers and they have a manager that likes to play through the thirds. He has had success with this team in recent years but at the moment they are going through a sticky patch. Hopefully they can get through it but for us, it was about just doing our business and moving on to the next one."
"I think the togetherness of this squad is epitomised when players come on and replace players that have started - they know exactly what their job is and the gaffer does not expect anything less.
"We go in there well prepared. It is not just the starting eleven or the matchday squad - even the players who are out of the squad all come together and spur each other on and everyone plays their roles.
"It is not just the players - it's the staff, physios and chefs working together to get success. Everyone needs to be on board. That togetherness is showing on the pitch and we need to be together because we are probably not blessed with a massive squad like your so-called bigger squads.
"We need everybody and may that continue because that togetherness is key."
"[Ryan] Bowman has been terrific for us even when he hasn't had as much game time. That is two in two for him from the bench.
"He is always a threat in training. He is always banging in goals and I don't expect any less from him. He's a good professional and again, it shows that togetherness. He comes on and takes the baton on from young [Christian] Saydee and he goes on and gets the goal but as I said, it's when the team scores and we keep a clean sheet at the back.
"It's not just the back players - it's the whole team effort so it's good that he has got a goal and it will fill him with confidence and in that position, it is definitely important for our strikers to score goals as it is a confidence position, so I am buzzing for Ryan Bowman."
"It's not exactly a ten-minute trip away. We appreciate the fans who have come to Oxford to support us and they have come in numbers as well. We just try and put on a performance and today we got the three points and we appreciate them supporting us.
"May that continue because we are going to need them in the run-in."


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