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MATCH PREVIEW | Boss previews visit of Shrewsbury Town

27 October 2016

Phil Brown expecting a test this weekend against the Shrews...

Phil Brown feels his players are going onto the pitch expecting to win games now.

The Blues put in one of their best performances of the season last time out against MK Dons following a morale boosting draw at Bradford.

Shrewsbury visit Roots Hall on Saturday 29 October (3pm kick off) where Blues are unbeaten in six games in all competitions.

But Brown said it will be a different test for his players this weekend.

“Without getting carried away, people are coming to the party as it were in the last week,” he said.

“You look at seven points from a possible nine, two clean sheets and a lot of positives from two away performances that the outside world were looking in and questioning what we were like on our travels after some bad experiences.

“But I think it’s down to the mentality of the group.

“When you’ve got the bigger players out there, I think they’re expecting to win games now and hopefully that continues for the rest of the season.

“But certainly this week, the challenge is against someone we’re expected to beat and that’s a different kind of pressure.”

Bottom of Sky Bet League One Shrewsbury have new manager Paul Hurst in the dugout for the first time.

And that will give Brown much to ponder on how the Shrews will set up.

“He’s had a week with them on the training ground but what he’s going to play I have no idea system wise and personnel wise,” Brown added.

“He’s got a good strong squad that are underachieving at the minute.

“They’re bottom of the league but if you look at the players on paper, there’s a lot of decent players there.

“Obviously we know Gary Deegan very well and he will be an angry man at the moment I would imagine.

“He will be trying to prove a point on Saturday, but I don’t know if he will he be playing.

“All I’ve got to concentrate on is that handbrake being well and truly off with regards to our team.”

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