Boss Graham Turner has urged his Shrewsbury side to recapture their start-of-season “freedom” in tonight’s Midlands derby with managerless Coventry – as the club prepares for the James Collins tribunal.
Town entertain the Sky Blues at the Greenhous Meadow this evening aiming to bounce back from consecutive defeats for only the fourth time in Turner’s reign.
The Town manager admitted the display in Saturday’s 1-0 League One defeat at home to Scunthorpe was their worst in recent times and is hoping to see signs of the promise shown in the opening four games tonight.
“We’ve got to perform better than we did against Scunthorpe,” said Turner, who is also anxious to see his side tighten up defensively after conceding four goals in two games.
“That means getting on the ball, getting our game going again and playing with the same sort of freedom we did early on.
“When I look back to the Tranmere and Preston games here we looked a different side and we have to get back to that.
“Whatever has happened in terms of finances, Coventry are a big club.
“There lies the challenge and that’s what we have thrown out to the players.
“When you come up against these big clubs, you have to go and outwork them.”
Turner is remaining tight-lipped over his selection plans, only confirming that “all things are under consideration.”
But the likes of Joe Jacobson, Michael Hector, Asa Hall and Terry Gornell could come into contention if the Town chief elects to freshen up his starting line-up.
Meanwhile, Town will learn the fee they will receive from Swindon for the transfer of striker Collins in London tomorrow.
The Professional Football Compensation Committee will discuss the payment Swindon must make for the Ireland Under-21 international, who scored 16 goals in Town’s promotion year.
“We can only work towards presenting a good case and hope the outcome reflects his true value,” said Turner.