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Pre Burton | Matt Pennington

13 January 2023

Centre-back Matt Pennington met with the press before Town's game against Burton at the Pirelli Stadium.

'Penno' is set to make his 100th appearance for Salop when he takes to the field against Burton Albion this weekend.

The 28-year-old joined Shrewsbury Town initially on loan in 2021 before signing permanently in the summer.

The defender previewed Town's game against the Brewers and reflected on the 99 games he's played so far for Salop.

ON THE GAME:

“It'll be a tough game, we've been there a few times over the last couple of years and it’s always a tough place to go.

"But we’ll be ready for it and we need to get a result off the back of the last few results, so hopefully we can do that.”

ON THIS WEEK'S PREPARATIONS:

“It's been nice, we’ve had a lot of games recently and it's been nice to have that free midweek just to rest the legs a little bit and do some more work on the training field and get to actually train properly.

"When you have those three-game weeks, a lot of it is recovery and trying to get your legs back into a good shape to play again on the weekend.”

ON HIS UPCOMING 100TH APPEARANCE:

“It feels like it’s gone really quickly. I can remember the first game I came here against Southampton in the FA Cup and on loan and then to make it permanent here.

"I’ve loved my time so far, it’s been brilliant so, a nice little milestone, and they’ve even got the hundred board in the training ground, it'll be nice to have my name on there as well.”

ON HOW HE'S SETTLED IN SINCE JOINING THE CLUB:

“It’s my first permanent club since leaving Everton, so I feel at home here, I feel really settled. I’m loving my time here.

"That's down to the staff, firstly that comes from the staff and the lads then jump on board with everything they say.

"We’ve got a great group of lads here, a really good group. Everyone backs each other and that’s a really good thing to have.”

ON WORKING WITH THE GAFFER:

“He’s been brilliant for me. I've said it before but I've learnt loads under the gaffer, he’s given me a chance, a platform to play here and show what I can do and hopefully, I’ve repaid him you know with some good performances. It's been really good.”

ON SCORING 10 GOALS IN 99 GAMES:

“It’s been good to be able to chip in with a few goals and help the lads.

"I’ve enjoyed that and enjoyed trying to add that to my game. It’s a real asset to be able to nick a goal as a defender, it helps the team and that’s something I’ve been working on trying to do.

"If you’re playing week-in, week-out and you’re doing okay you can add things to your game and improve rather than thinking all the time trying to get into the team. Which is hard - I’ve been there before, so yeah I feel that’s a big factor.”

ON HIS BEST MOMENTS AT THE CLUB:

“There have been a few. I remember the first season I came I scored against Blackpool and it secured us staying in the league in that season.

"It was a tough slog for the boys to stay in the league because I think by the time the gaffer came in we were down the bottom somewhere, so that was a nice moment to just put that to bed and move on.

"Also playing against Liverpool was really good in the FA Cup.”

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