Appleton previews Shrewsbury trip


Michael Appleton wants to see more of the same from his side when Charlton travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

The Head Coach claimed his first win last weekend - a 3-1 success against Wycombe Wanderers at The Valley - following a hard-fought draw at Stevenage in his first game in charge.

“We have got to really focus on ourselves and do that every single game, but obviously be aware of the strengths of the opposition,” explained Appleton. “For me personally - and I will certainly be trying to push this onto the players - it almost heightens my senses a little bit.

“You are almost expecting a better performance from the opposition because obviously they are going through a tough period. They want to get out of that, they want to get out of that quickly and they want to make sure they get their next win on the board. We will be mindful of that.

“The reality is that it is an away game as well and our approach will be very similar to the home games," he added. "With the group we have got and the attitude of going to win the game, I think it makes it dangerous for the opposition.

“For those that do come up and are able to get up there, I can assure you that we will be giving our absolute utmost to try and win the game.

Asked if any of the Addicks’ recent absentees are likely to be in contention for the weekend, Appleton said: “They are getting very close. We have had a couple of them with us in the back end of this week. Whether it is too much of a risk to get them involved on Saturday, obviously we will make that call before we leave today.

“We have got a good nucleus of the group and almost all the group in a good space. We have just got to pick the right time because timing, as we know, is obviously massive, whether it is coming back from injury, form, actual games or the spacing between games because I am mindful of that as well.

“We have been quite fortunate where it has been Saturday, Saturday, but we are coming into a period now when it gets really, really busy and we will have to manage the players really well.”

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