David Longwell previews Town's clash with Sunderland AFC
By Media Team on 08/02/2021
Shrewsbury Town return to Montgomery Waters Meadow tomorrow evening to take on Sunderland AFC in Sky Bet League One.
Salop will be looking to earn a consecutive win with the visit of the Black Cats after victory over Swindon Town last time out away from home.
David Longwell is feeling positive ahead of the fixture and provided an encouraging update on Town Manager Steve Cotterill.
On the Gaffer:
"He's definitely getting stronger. He's been on the phone more in the last few weeks and speaks to Aaron Wilbraham a lot. I spoke to him on Friday and he was on the phone with the players on Saturday - he's definitely improving.
"He needs to be careful and needs to do the right recovery. He's definitely going in the right direction. Hopefully he's out of the hospital soon and back home. You can hear that he's getting the strength back in his voice and he's on the right track."
On the test of Sunderland:
"The players have dealt with so many games in a short space of time really well. We still work on things like we did today but we have to be mindful that the lads played on Saturday. Sunderland have improved recently with a few new signings.
"There are a lot of things we can look at from the last time we played them and we need to look at the games they've played recently. We will prepare in the same way we always prepare and it's a positive that we played them recently - we know what to expect.
"We didn't start the last game with Sunderland as well as we can and they got a foothold in the game early. When you score first in this league, a lot of times you win the game. We created chances in that game and could have started better - the lads are self-aware of that.
"We want to make sure we start the game well and get on the front foot. We go into every game with the right mentality and I have to credit the players for that. They work so hard, they take things on board and they try to execute what we ask of them.
"The most important thing is trying to get results and points. We did that on Saturday and we want to do it again tomorrow."