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READ | Shaun MacDonald taking positives into Shrews clash

13 August 2019

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Despite tasting defeat at home to Lincoln City in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon, Shaun MacDonald insists that there were plenty of positives to take ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Shrewsbury Town.

Paul Warne's men travel to the Montgomery Waters Meadow looking to progress in this season's Carabao Cup competition, and with the result against the Imps still fresh in the memory, MacDonald is hoping for a reaction.

Having been the unlucky player who inadvertently put the ball into his own net to hand Lincoln the lead on the stroke of half-time at the weekend, the midfielder is determined to put in a solid performance against the Shrews.

He said: "I've been reflecting on Saturday's game all weekend and I've lost some sleep over it because I'm my own worst critic in a way, but up until their first goal I thought we were in total control of things.

"We looked dangerous every time we went forward and we created some good opportunities, but the own goal which was unfortunately scored by me changed the game.

"For whatever reason, their game plan worked better than ours once the opening goal went in and it was a good away performance from them, but hopefully we can learn from it to improve throughout the season because it's still early days.

"You have to take as many positives as you can out of each game, but whilst we still have a lot to do, we are all part of an honest group that are willing to learn and go from strength to strength."

With the quick turnaround between fixtures, MacDonald is relishing the opportunity to get on the pitch again and get back to winning ways as soon as possible, but he expects a tough test against Sam Ricketts' Shrewsbury side.

He said: "Any game you play, regardless of the opposition, they will have their different strengths and it's our job to nullify them. We will be overloaded with information beforehand, so hopefully we take that on board and then use our strengths to cause them problems.

"The best thing about playing Saturday and then Tuesday is the fact you are forced to forget about the last game if you'd lost, so we just need to concentrate on the next one now and focus on getting things right."

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