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GARY CALDWELL’S SHREWSBURY TOWN PREVIEW

20 November 2015

Boss looks ahead Saturday’s fixture at the DW Stadium.

Caldwell on the past week…

We’ve worked really hard; some players needed the time to recover and others needed some hard work. We’ve worked on different things that we feel we can improve on and we’re ready for another game on Saturday.

Caldwell’s assessment of the season so far…

It is going well at the minute; we knew it was going to take time for the players to gel and get consistency but we’ve got that recently in the league but we need to build on that and keep pushing on. There is no time to step off the gas; we know we need to keep pushing forwards and keep working hard to keep winning games because we’re not where we want to be yet.

Caldwell on opportunity to close gap on Gillingham and Coventry City, who play each other on Saturday…

It is an opportunity for us and we had that last week as well with the early kick-off and that was important to get that win to put the pressure on. This week it is similar with teams playing each other in the places round about us but we have to keep winning our own games, it is as simple as that, we have to put pressure on the teams around us.

Caldwell on Shrewsbury…

We know now that regardless of a team’s position, every game is a test in this league and perhaps earlier in the season we struggled to deal with some of our games. We understand the league now, understand that every game is competitive against honest teams who want to come and beat Wigan Athletic. We have to be prepared for that, we’ve learned to deal with that I think and we’ve picked up results of late that are very positive.

Shrewsbury are a good team; they’ve got dangerous players in attacking areas and they’ve got pace in their team too. We need to be ready for that challenge and put on a performance that’s good enough to win the game.

Caldwell on ability to change formation…

It’s something I thought long and hard about before I got the job and then when I got the job it was the one thing on my mind that I wanted that flexibility and formation. I wanted our style of play to remain the same regardless of our formation differing and that does put the opposition under pressure because they’re unsure about what we’re going to do. The players have taken that on board and seen that if we can adapt we can win different types of games.

Caldwell on playing three games in a week…

The first one is always the focus and the next game is the most important game but we saw when we played Colchester, Peterborough and Bradford in a short space of time that these weeks can be important and you pick up a lot of points in a short space of time and make progress up the league table.

We know it’s a big week but it starts on Saturday and we know we must get a win to start it off well.

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