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Pre Cambridge | Chey Dunkley

20 January 2023

Chey Dunkley met with the press ahead of tomorrow's game against Cambridge United at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Town take on Mark Bonner's side less than a month after facing them at Abbey Stadium - a game where we should have come away with a result.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash, Chey discussed last weekend's thumping win over Burton - with the centre-back scoring from a corner in that game that he won after producing a silky Cruyff turn.

The defender was also quizzed on his time at Shrewsbury so far and how he has developed as a player this season.

On his goal and the Burton win:

“First and foremost it was good to get a clean sheet because we haven’t had one for a while.

"We nearly got one against Sunderland, but just a little lack of concentration towards the end cost us a clean sheet.

"When you have a steady base, it gives you confidence. You can work off a clean sheet.

"And obviously, its always nice to chip in (with a goal) when you can.”

How many times have you rehearsed that Cruyff turn?

“I’ve got bits in the locker you know!

"But, I don’t want be doing it too many times. I was in an area of the pitch where if you do make a little mistake or if you do lose the ball, there’s enough players behind the ball to recover.

"I don’t think you’ll be seeing me doing that on the edge of my box but because I was in the attacking third - why not?

"And, we ended up getting the corner and, from the corner, I ended up scoring!"

On the difficult run before Burton:

“We're a strong group. Obviously, you’re always a little bit down when you do lose a game.

"But because we’re a strong group we knew if we kept doing what the gaffer preaches to us then we’re going to be victorious.

"Unfortunately, for Burton, they got to feel the wrath of us in terms of us scoring four goals.

"I just think that’s us, believing in our craft, keep working hard, and it ended up falling for us. We’ve just got to continue with that, moving forward into Saturday’s game."

On enjoying his time with Shrewsbury:

“I’ve been fortunate in my career, I haven’t really seen a bad dressing room.

"But it’s important to pick the right team and Shrewsbury was right for me.

"I’ve met, not just team mates, but I think I’ve got a lot of friends here. We socialise, it’s more than just team mates.

"I think that’s important to get success. If you’ve got that in your dressing room it obviously helps with team camaraderie and cohesion and stuff like that.

"That all adds to success and that’s what we’re striving for - success.”

On his development this season:

“I’m always learning, I’m considered one of the mature players, one of the senior players of the group.

"But you’re always learning, whether you’re 19, whether you’re 30, there’s always something to take away and improve your knowledge of the game.

"I’m now doing my coaching badges which will enhance my knowledge of the game.

"Obviously, the gaffer's got an abundance of knowledge so I’m always picking things that he’s saying, learning things that he’s saying.

"The coaches that we’ve got, Dave Longwell, Aaron Wilbraham, they’ve all got knowledge where I can pick their brains.

"That helps me as a player, not just on the pitch but off the pitch.

"Seeing different scenarios and seeing different patterns of play, it always helps. I’m always developing as a player, and coming here it's only allowed me to develop further."

On having played Cambridge just a few weeks ago:

“We know what their threats are and we know where we can hurt them.

"All these games are tough games - Cambridge is going to be no different.

"At the moment they’re trying to get a win and they’re fighting to stay in this division.

"Those games are just as hard as playing the teams at the top of the league.

"We can’t disrespect them, they beat us on their patch, so, we will give them respect.

"But we just have to make sure we preparare in the right way and hopefully get the victory.

"You can never guarantee a result but you can prepare for a performance that can hopefully get us a result.”

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