Rowett Not Underestimating Shrews

Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT says he will treat Shrewsbury Town no differently to any of Stoke City’s league opponents when the two sides face off in the Emirates FA Cup this afternoon.

The Potters head to the Montgomery Waters Meadow aiming to avoid an upset against the League One outfit and secure a place in the fourth round of the prestigious cup competition.

Speaking to the media ahead of the tie which kicks off at 12.30pm the manager revealed that preparation has been the same as normal with the sole intention of advancing into the next round.

“We’ve looked at everything Shrewsbury do,” the 44-year-old expressed. “They’ve tended to play a diamond recently which is a bit different, however it doesn’t mean to say that’s what they will go with against us.

“I’ve watched Shrewsbury’s games just like I would any other opposition. It doesn’t necessarily give you a greater chance of winning the game but it means you can be better prepared.

“What you don’t want to do going into this type of competition is have a different preparation for your players than you would normally for a league game. I think that would send out a message that it’s not as important.

“We will prepare exactly in the manner that we would for any other match and show the squad a video of Shrewsbury, outlining their strengths and where we think we can cause them some problems, and then do so work on it, it’s a simple as that.

“We will certainly be respectful of Shrewsbury, but as always, it’s about how we perform and us trying to get the balance right in terms of making sure we do what we know we can do.”