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Pre Forest Green | David Longwell

26 January 2023


Pre Forest Green | David Longwell

26 January 2023

First-team coach David Longwell met with the press ahead of this weekend's game against Forest Green Rovers.

Town welcome The Greens to Montgomery Waters Meadow on the back of a run that has seen us win our last three matches - with Steve Cotterill's side having scored 10 goals and conceded just one during that spell.

Saturday's visitors announced the departure of manager Ian Burchnall on Wednesday, but his replacement, Duncan Ferguson, was confirmed by the club shortly after this press conference took place.

Davy discussed Shrewsbury's recent form, how Forest Green's managerial situation can affect Town's preparation and many other things in his pre-match interview.


"It’s been great. I know the manager has spoken a lot about it and the players speak a lot about it – but it is a special dressing room. 

"Even when we had that little run of games we didn’t win, there wasn’t any negativity in the boys at all. They are very positive. 

"And I think the last few games have just proven how together they are as a group and how together we are as a club – the players and the staff. 

"When you get results it’s even better. You could see the spirit the other night (at MK Dons) and how much it means. 

"It's always good to score a last-minute goal. But to do it there, following what was a tough game, was great.

"It was great to see the players running up to the fans – I thought it was a really good moment that shows how strong the boys are as a group."


"It was a tough game. Tactically in the first half, the way they set up caused us a few problems. 

"The manager changed it at half-time and we got more pressure on the ball which helped. 

"And then the goal comes from us getting pressure on the ball. Ryan (Bowman) presses them down and then Taylor (Moore) manages to nick it and then it’s really good play from him and Bayliss. 

"It was great for Tom to come off the bench – he is obviously a really good player and been a big part this season – but for him to come in and score the winning goal was really great to see."


"We have not got the biggest of squads and we’ve had to exhaust the squad we’ve had – the manager has said that a number of times. 

"Bringing Killian (Phillips) in has given us an extra body in there and it’s allowed us to give Tom a bit more freshness. 

"Even, though players might not always think it, it's good to freshen things up if you can. It’s been difficult to do that this season because of the injuries. 

"But when Tom came on, you could see the freshness from him and the freshness from Bowman was really positive for us."


"First and foremost, Taylor is a really good lad. He’s a great professional and a great person to have around the place. 

"He is very versatile. He was known for being a centre-back. He has come in and played centre-mid. And then he has gone out and played that right wing-back position and I think he’d done so well there. 

"He played there for Hearts a few times but it wasn't a consistent thing. But because he has got the right mindset and the right mentality – he has taken things on board. 

"Benno (Elliott Bennett) and Julien (Julien Dacosta) have been missing through injury but he has taken that opportunity and as the weeks go on you can see the difference. 

"He is getting further forward, he is getting more comfortable playing that position. He is developing. 

"He’s a very popular member of the team and when he doesn’t do well he accepts that. 

"Doing what he did in the last minute of the MK Dons game, to have that aggression and determination to win the ball back when he had already played the rest of the game shows a lot about him." 


"You look at the other night, Flanno (Flanagan) made a good block, there have been games before where Marko (Marosi) has made an important save or Chey (Dunkley) or Penno (Matthew Pennington) have made a block. 

"Every team is built on its defence and what you do from there. We have always looked really solid which gives you a springboard to go forward. 

"We can’t praise them enough for scoring 10 goals in three games. It’s going to be hard to that all the time but we will work on it. But to have that base at the back says a lot about the boys."


"The gaffer has always said the goals have got to be spread around the team. 

"You look at the presence we have got at set-plays, the guys like Chey, Penno and Luke (Leahy) when he isn’t taking them and Flanno. We definitely have a good presence that teams worry about."


"We have trained today. The ones that have played a bit more will recover a bit more. 

"The manager will then look at things and decide whether we keep it the same or whether we change it. 

"I think because we are on such a good run we aren’t going to change loads of things, but there might be some changes. We’ll just have to wait and see. 

"We’ll assess things and decide what to do against Forest Green. It's going to be a really hard game. I think some teams will underestimate them. 

"We have looked at them and they have been unfortunate to lose games recently. They play really good football. 

"And what they are trying to do as a club we respect. It just hasn’t gone for them so it will be a tough game."


"This league is well-known for it’s three-game weeks and it’s hard to manage that a lot of the time because you can’t train as much. 

"If the manager wants to do extra work with them it’s difficult. Ideally, you’d like to go Saturday-Saturday. 

"But if you do Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday and you win then nobody is going to complain. But you need to get that balance. 

"We haven’t got a big squad, we’ve not got a massive budget so we just have to make sure we work with the squad as best we can. 

"We have to make sure we look after them. The staff do a really good job making sure they recover right and do all the right stuff."


"We have done a lot of preparation but then the manager was sacked – it's never nice for that to happen. 

"It's difficult. Forest Green is a club where you can see how they have progressed over the years. They have done a fantastic job. 

"They have obviously invested a lot of money in January – I think they have brought in eight players which makes it hard to know who is going to play. 

"But when you throw in the fact the manager has changed – we just don’t know so we have to prepare as best we can. 

"We know what players they have got. System wise we don’t know now, but we just have to plan, prepare, and do everything we can to help us so hopefully we win the game. 

"But what we don’t do is underestimate them. They have got really good players. The results haven’t been there but performance-wise, we have looked at the games and they are not a bad side. 

"They have got good players that can hurt you so we will respect them and just try and go out there and get three points." 


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