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Shaw wary of Tranmere threat

14 September 2012

Shaw also comments on Gary McSheffrey...

Coventry City caretaker boss Richard Shaw believes Tranmere Rovers will pose a difficult test ahead of tomorrow’s game at Prenton Park.

The Sky Blues face Rovers in the league for the first time in 51 years with the home side currently 2nd in the table after a great start.

The last time Coventry traveled to Merseyside to face Rovers, they lost 5-1 in the League Cup, a game which Shaw played in.

He said: “It is an incredibly difficult place to go for any side really and we need to make sure we are at our best to get the right result.

“These are the type of games which could kick-start our season and we have worked hard on the training pitch to make sure we are ready for the way they play.

“They play a 4-3-3 system so it will be a different test to what we have faced this season. I remember when we traveled up there and suffered a 5-1 defeat.

“David Burrows got sent off and I remember him trying to take his boots off whilst he was coming off the pitch but he only got the one off. That wasn’t a good game for us.

“They are flying high and playing with confidence but I have said to the players, as soon as we get that first win, I think that is when our season will start.”

Shaw complained after the Stevenage loss that the players are lacking confidence and believes they need to build on their current mental strength.

One player not currently in the starting XI is Gary McSheffrey but Shaw commented saying there is no issue with the winger and that the whole squad has a part to play.



He said: “There is nothing wrong with Gary McSheffrey. He is doing well in training and he is extremely professional. He always does his work and I have no complaints with him.

“We are trying out different formations and systems at the moment. We have Kevin Kilbane out there at the moment but like I have said, the whole squad will have to play a part this season if we are going to be successful.

“Gary has a big part to play this season. We know if we have him at his best, he is a great player at this level.”

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