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John Askey wants Shrewsbury to roar into Bristol Rovers

By Lewis Cox | Shrewsbury Town FC | Published: | Last Updated:

John Askey has urged his Shrewsbury side to roar out of the traps and catch out-of-sorts Bristol Rovers cold.

Boss John Askey (AMA)

The winless Town chief has felt his troops have been sluggish starters at Montgomery Waters Meadow in their first two home games.

Shrewsbury, who have just two points so far, have been urged to ramp up the pressure on Rovers – who have lost four from five.

And the boss wants to use the fact he was able to rest several first-teamers against Manchester City’s under-21s on Tuesday – while Rovers sent a strong side to QPR – to his advantage.

“It can make a difference (resting players), hopefully it will, especially as they’ve got to travel as well,” said Askey.

“It’s important we start right and get the crowd behind us, then it can have an effect if we get the tempo up.

“Away from home you want to kill the crowd. But in the first five or 10 minutes of the home games we’ve been sluggish. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll come out of the blocks and get into Bristol and get everybody going.

“It’s got to come from the players. When they go out they’ve got to feel like they can get up and at them, it’s important.

“Hopefully we can do that, get on top and get a goal and keep the momentum going.”

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When asked if he is feeling the pressure of his winless start of five league games, the boss replied: “You learn to live with it.

“I want it to be instant, I want it to click and for us to win every week and then everything’s great.

“Sometimes it doesn’t happen, you just have to call on your experience to not get too carried away.

Meanwhile, Askey will run the rule over right-back James Bolton in training today after the defender picked up a knock against City’s youngsters.

The Town boss is hoping to complete the loan signing of a right-back for cover to his squad before today’s 5pm deadline.

Lewis Cox

By Lewis Cox
Trainee Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @lewiscox_star

Sports reporter with the Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Covering Shrewsbury Town and with a keen eye for non-league and grassroots.

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