Focussed On Shrewsbury

Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT insists this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup third round tie against Shrewsbury is his sole focus.

The Potters endured a frustrating Christmas and New Year period with 2-0 defeats at the hands of Birmingham and Bristol City either side of a goalless draw at Bolton.

They will be looking to return to winning ways when they launch their cup challenge with a third round tie against the League One Shrews tomorrow at the Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium (kick-off 12.30pm).

And Rowett, though cautious of the pitfalls of facing lower division opposition in cup competitions, believes victory in Shropshire could provide his side with a vital boost in confidence.

He said: “It’s all about winning the next game; we’re not even looking ahead to a run in the competition or looking ahead to the next three or four games. We’ve lost two out of the last three so we want to win the next game.

“We want to do it for our confidence, for the fans, for the Club, for ourselves … really it’s all about the next game as far as we’re concerned.

“We’d got ourselves, in my opinion, into a really good position in the Championship before Christmas but the last two or three games we’ve let ourselves down. We need to try and get out of that quickly.

“The reality is you have to take games like this seriously and we will because we know that in our current situation Shrewsbury will view this game as a chance to cause an upset.”