Matija Sarkic: Shrewsbury Town keep checking the table

On-loan goalkeeper Matija Sarkic admits a late push to be in contention with the League One play-off places is not lost on Shrewsbury Town players.

Shrewsbury Town's Matija Sarkic
Shrewsbury Town's Matija Sarkic

Town’s run of results since Steve Cotterill’s appointment at the end of November has been promotion form and has lifted Salop from five points adrift in second-bottom up to 17th, nine points clear of the drop.

But, a mixture of a three-week enforced Covid break and numerous games in hand on sides above them have seen Town stuck in 17th for a number of weeks. They are, however, just nine points off being on the coattails of the play-off contenders.

“Of course it (play-offs) is in our minds, after every game we’re looking at the table, of course we want to get there,” said Sarkic ahead of today’s visit of Accrington Stanley, who occupy the final play-off spot of sixth, 12 points better off than Town.

“It’s what you want to do as a player, you want to achieve great things, it will be very good if we achieve that, but we have to take it game by game and not look ahead too much, otherwise we’ll lose our focus.”

Wolves loanee Sarkic, 23, has made an excellent impression since his return to fitness, which coincided with Cotterill’s appointment. The goalkeeper revealed his delight at the welcome news of Cotterill’s return home from hospital.

“We’re buzzing, it’s not the same without the gaffer,” Sarkic said. “He’s a big voice here on and off the pitch. We welcome the news he’s out of hospital and hopefully he’ll be back soon.

“He will make an impact for sure, everyone’s got all together as a team and shown the spirit and family bond, to do well, stick together and get results.”

“Him coming back will reinforce that and push us even further.”

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