Boss To Select Strong Side

Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT says he will field a stronger team than he usually would for tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie against League One side Shrewsbury Town.

The Potters are seeking to secure a first win in four games and the boss will select an experienced starting XI for the clash at the Montgomery Waters Meadow (12.30pm).

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the 44-year-old told reporters that he’s eager to progress in the competition and will aim to do so with a strong line-up.

“Due to the last few games we will go a little bit stronger than we normally would and I think that is only sensible,” he revealed. 

“We want to win the game on Saturday and it’s important we get a win under our belts.

“You have to take these games seriously and we will because we know that given our current situation Shrewsbury will see it as an opportunity to cause an upset.

“You try to find the balance with players who are hungry for an opportunity and players who will give you some control in the game. 

“What I would say is that going into this weekend’s cup game we will certainly try to have an eye on being a little bit stronger than I might normally do if we were sat at the top of the league.”

He added: “It’s an opportunity to go and win a game of football and we have the players to do that.

“We’ve played well enough in spells, and I say spells because we haven’t done it for complete performances, to go there with a little bit of confidence.

“It’s the next game and we can’t afford to lose any more games, let alone to a team in a division below us.”