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Post Charlton | Carl Winchester

30 September 2023


Post Charlton | Carl Winchester

30 September 2023

Carl Winchester met with the press after today's draw against Charlton.

In what was a much-improved performance, Town delivered 30 crosses and had 15 shots against the Addicks.

Among the chances, Carl went close himself with an outrageous effort from the half-way line which was spectacularly saved by Harry Isted and before Shrewsbury's number seven fed Kieran Phillips through on goal, but Isted was again equal to the shot.

However, despite their efforts, Salop were unable to find that elusive winning goal and had to settle for a draw.

Carl discussed the team's exceptional work rate in the game and said the goals will come as long as Matt Taylor's side keep doing what they're doing on the training pitch.

On the game:

"I thought we deserved more than a point when you look at the chances we obviously created.

"Just at the minute, it's not going our way but we can't get too down. I know it's frustrating and we are frustrated but we just need to keep going.

"We're creating the chances, that's the main thing, but it's about putting them away but that's what we have to keep doing on the training pitch. Keep working and keep working.

"If we keep doing what we're doing, it's going to change sometime."

On the general performance:

"I thought it was good, really positive.

"We started well, they came into it a bit in the second half but overall I thought we deserved more than a point."

On his effort from the half-way line:

"I knew I probably didn't have the pace to beat the man so I looked up and I've seen the keeper off his line.

"I just thought 'I'm going to have it'. I caught it really nice and thought it had a chance. I was looking at it thinking 'this is in, this is in' but look, I haven't seen it back but from what I recall it was an unbelievable save.

"My heart was in my mouth and I was thinking 'just please go in' but it's just one of those things, it's not going for us at the minute.

"I think I would've just walked off the pitch if that had gone in!"

On Kieran Phillips' late chance:

"I looked up and saw he was in on goal so I've just tried to get it to him and it got there, but on another day he probably does score.

"He's in there, he's getting the chance. Just trying to recreate that again and go on the training pitch and working on it, working on it and I'm sure it'll come to the pitch."

On the lack of goals:

"We know what we need to do. We are upset but we can’t get too down because you know in this league if you get a couple of wins it changes your perspective. 

"But we’re creating the chances, that’s the main thing, so now it’s just about adding that finishing touch and I feel once we start doing that, we’ll start climbing up the table because in the last two performances, I felt we probably deserved more points."

On getting a clean sheet: 

"Don’t get me wrong, they’re a good team. They’re probably one of the favourites who have one of the bigger budgets so they have good players (starting games) and good players coming off the bench. 

"We knew it was important that we needed to be solid and go from there. I thought Marko was super and everyone as a team defended really well because we knew at times we’d have to as they have such an attacking threat."

On playing in midfield but and as a wing-back: 

"I’ll play anywhere the manager wants me to play. I’ll always do a job for the team.

"Everyone’s in the same boat as me, we all want to play and do well for the team so I’m just happy to do well for the team really."

On the Oxford game on Tuesday: 

"It’ll be a tough game. We went there last season and it was a really tough game. 

We know they have very good players so it’s going to be one of those ones where we regroup on Monday and focus on that."

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