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Post Derby | Aaron Pierre

10 February 2024

Interviews

Post Derby | Aaron Pierre

10 February 2024

Aaron Pierre spoke to the press after his late goal saw Shrewsbury earn a deserved draw at Derby.

Pierre swept the ball home with an excellent finish in the 87th minute to cancel out Max Bird's opener for the hosts.

Speaking to the media post-match, the defender chatted about the game, his goal and how much he is enjoying being back in Town's starting XI. 

On the game itself:

“We’re happy with a point. Obviously, every game we want to win. But they’re a very tough opponent and in great form.

"The least we could do is get a point for the fans.”

On the performance:

“I thought we played well, obviously we’re still getting used to the gaffer’s mentalities and stuff like that.

"But overall, we feel we’re definitely getting better, we’re a lot more of a threat going forward.

"And in glimpses, you can see that in games.

“We just have to keep on going and make sure we get to 50 points as soon as possible.”

On whether it was frustrating to concede from a corner:

“It was very frustrating. For me personally, it came because of the referee’s decisions but obviously, we can’t do anything about that.

"We have to do what we can but the reaction was the most important thing.

“Luckily, I was the one to get the goal. So overall we’re happy with a point but we want more, we have to go into the game on Tuesday and go again.”

On the goal:

“I looked back at it just a minute ago. It was great (from Mal Benning) going forward and I just knew to hang out because everyone was in the six-yard box.

"I thought just hang out a little and see where it goes. Luckily it fell for me and I took it.”

On scoring goals in his first spell at Salop:

“I need a lot more, I need a lot more.

"I’m just getting back into the swing of playing games on a regular basis, starting every week.

"It’s a major difference from coming in, playing a couple of games and then dropping out.

"At this moment in time, I’m playing week-in, week-out. I’m just getting back into movements, getting back that sharpness and I’m just happy to add a goal and make sure we’re moving in the right direction.”

On playing alongside Chey Dunkley:"I'm enjoying it. But not just him, the whole squad.

"We’re building on something great and hopefully in the next couple of games we tighten up bits and pieces and keep clean sheets, that’s our goal.

“Our communication is very good. We’re both eager to win the ball, we're both eager to make blocks.

"For any centre-half partnership that’s what you want, everyone to put their body on the line."

On the away support:

“They were amazing throughout the whole 90-plus minutes.

"We could hear them cheering, we could hear them rooting us on so the least we can do is get something out of the game for them."

On now having back-to-back home games against Barnsley and Wigan:

“One game at a time, we have to focus on Barnsley now.

"We have to recover and make sure we do the right things first and play Barnsley and make sure we try and get a win.”

On if he’s looking forward to watching the goal back:“I’ve watched it about three times already! And I don't mind watching it a few more times.

“It’s what you want though, you just want to score goals, keep clean sheets.

"You get confidence when you score goals so hopefully that’s just one of many in the remainder of the season.”

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