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Fejiri Okenabirhie eyes Shrewsbury Town goal record

Boss Sam Ricketts has urged star striker Fejiri Okenabirhie to stay level headed as he tries to set a Shrewsbury Town record tomorrow.

Fejiri Okenabirhie (AMA)
Fejiri Okenabirhie (AMA)

If Okenabirhie scores against Coventry at Montgomery Waters Meadow, he will be the first player to have netted in six consecutive league games for Salop.

Bur Ricketts wants the 22-year-old, who fired home despite playing through an injury against Peterborough last time out, not to think about it too much.

“Without asking him, I don’t know if it’s in his head or not,” said Ricketts.

“But he should just be looking forward to playing every game.

“He did have a knock last week, but I really wanted him to play and he got an excellent goal to reward his bravery – playing through a bit of a niggle which he had.

“It’s good. He goes on the pitch to score goals and he looks a goal threat whenever the ball is around him in the penalty box.

“We just have to keep getting him into those positions and get the ball to him.”

Another who has caught the eye for Town is Greg Docherty, who is on loan from Rangers.

Gers chief Steven Gerrard has hinted he will not be recalled early next month, as continuing with Salop would ‘help him long-term’.

And Ricketts said: “Did he not say about excellent coaching here as well?

“They obviously sent Doc here for a reason, and what they’re seeing is the reason why they sent him here.

“His level of performances have improved as the season has gone on, so it does make perfect sense to keep him here.

“He’s a young lad who can do a bit everything, but we’re refining him and improving him.

“He’s got a real desire to be as good as he can be.

“And he’s a good lad, very nice. It’s not easy to move from one area of the UK to another, especially if you’re by yourself.

“It takes a lot to move and do what he’s done, so it’s a testament to him.”

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