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22 January 2015

The gaffer on facing Shrewsbury...

GW says Boro will head to Shrewsbury on Saturday in search of becoming the first League 2 side to win all three points at Greenhous Meadow. With the best form in the league and an ever-growing confidence within the side, the gaffer praised the team’s attitude ahead of the game.

“I’m pleased with the team’s development; I think the mentality of everyone within it is that they want to get better. They want to improve, they want to be better in their next game than they were in their last and I see them between games doing the work it takes to be better in their next game.

“Everybody is good at taking criticism on board, everybody knows that a pat on the back is one thing but if you’re going to be better next time around you’ve got to add something to your performance.

“That’s what the boys are doing, they’re determined that as they go forward game after game, they’re just going to get better and stronger, the desire’s going to deepen and as that desire deepens and as the organisation and spirit continues to improve, you’ll see our results come.”

Shrewsbury are yet to lose at home this season and have the best defensive record in the Football League. Last week’s win at York will provide a blueprint for the team going into the match.

“Saturday is arguably as tough as it gets in this league, but we beat them at home 1-0 and we’re a lot better than what we were then, we don’t underestimate any side on their home patch. York was a really tough fixture, they, a little bit Shrewsbury were quite ruthless out of possession and we had to stand up to that test, be man enough to deal with it, not suffer intimidation, dominate the challenge and use our qualities to win the football match, which we did.

“So it was good dress rehearsal, we saw last weekend as a dress rehearsal and we did a good job. This weekend I think we’ll be better, a lot better and I think that we will go there with a strong determination to come home with the 3 points.

“Frankly, I fancy the mood that they’re (the players) in. I like where they’re at. I know that these are a good outfit with good players, well managed. They’ve had a good start to the season, they are what they are and we go four points behind them by winning.

“The finishing line is there in front of them now isn’t it; I think that always sharpens the mood.

"Some people are good with the finishing line in front of them and some people aren’t. Some people strengthen their resolve and deepen their desire and some people don’t. Some people know they can get to the line first and some people don’t. I think in this camp they know what they’re capable of.”

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