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Cowley: Roll With The Punches

Boss discusses fixture build-up and Shrewsbury test

22 February 2022

Dannny Cowley
Photo: Jason Brown

Pompey were left with an unwanted gap in their League One schedule at the weekend.

So Danny Cowley is looking forward to seeing his side return to action when they visit Shrewsbury for a Tuesday night contest.

Referee Martin Coy called off Saturday’s contest at Crewe with just over an hour to go until kick-off, despite the protests of both sides.

It means another midweek fixture has to be added to an already packed schedule – something that Cowley is confident Pompey can cope with.

The Blues boss said: “We were very thankful to Crewe for allowing us to use their facilities – it was very hospitable of them.

“It was dry by then and so we were able to train and do some early preparation for the match at Shrewsbury.

“We’ve had two storms in space of a few days, but they’re very confident that the game is going to go ahead.

“The fixture congestion isn’t ideal, but we have to put all our energy into those things that we can control.

“We can’t do anything about the elements or decisions by referees, so you need to roll with the punches and adapt.

"The fixture congestion isn’t ideal, but we have to put all our energy into those things that we can control."

Danny Cowley

“There’s a busy run of fixtures up ahead now, but we’re in this game to play football and it’s what we enjoy.

“Of course it’s going to be a really big challenge for the group, but we look forward to meeting it head on.”

Steve Cotterill’s Shrews sit 18th in the standings and also lost a game to wet weather at the weekend.

Cowley said: “They’ve got an experienced manager and are very organised, while they look strong against the ball.

“There have not been many goals conceded in recent matches and they have physicality in their back-line to deal with any direct play they encounter.

“So there’s a lot to like about Shrewsbury and we anticipate a tough game because they’re robust and competitive.”

Pompey will be without the in-form Michael Jacobs in Shropshire after the midfielder suffered a knee injury.

Cowley said: “It was an innocuous moment in training on Thursday. There was an unopposed drill and he made a pass, but hyperextended the knee joint.

“A scan has shown some irritation and we just hope it’s a short-term thing, but it’s frustrating because he’d been playing well.

“There will be some young players in our squad on Tuesday, although there’s still quality and competition.”

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