Shrewsbury Town stars Mark Wright and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff are relishing the prospect of a play-off semi-final against Torquay United, with both describing the mood in the Shrewsbury camp as ready and raring to go for promotion.
“Everyone’s looking forward to the next few games,” Wright said, as the team finished their training session in preparation for the match up.
“Everyone’s really buzzing.”
Wright’s form has been fantastic for Shrewbury this season, after the 29-year-old was sold by Bristol Rovers to the club this year. Wright puts this down to having more fun playing the game.
“I started to really enjoy my football,” Wright said.
“I’m enjoying playing again and playing for a team that really enjoys playing football. And I’m a bit more experienced as well.”
With fans lining up for hours for tickets to the away end at the play off match, Wright stressed the importance of the away fans in helping keep Shrewsbury’s spirits up.
"The fans have been great this season, and they’ve helped us through bad times," he said.
“Especially in the games away from home, they’ve really got behind us. It’ll be great to see them there.”
Cansdell-Sherriff is equally ready for action on Saturday, and after being at the club for three years, the defender says promotion has been a long time coming.
"It’d be massive for the club, it’s been their direction for years and it’s what they’ve always wanted, it has been ever since I’ve been at the club,” Cansdell-Sherriff said.
“That’s where we’ve always wanted to be and if we can get above and push on from there, it’d be amazing.”
After winning five in their last seven games of the season, Shrewbury are heading into the playoffs with the best form of all the League Two sides, and Cansdell-Sherriff says this is all due to getting the simple things right.
“We're performing well, we’ve scored a lot of goals and we’re defending well.
“Our team’s really confident at the moment, we’re training well and we’re playing well.”
Tactics wise, Shrewbury will be on the defence for the away leg, with Cansdell-Sheriff hoping to frustrate the opposition as much as possible.
“We need to drag out the game, then get their crowd on their back, frustrate them as much as possible and stop them scoring a goal,” the Australian said.
“Anything can happen, get a goal and get them on the back foot and make it hard for them on their home turf.
“The most important thing is to keep a clean sheet and hopefully we can pick up a goal as well.”