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Eardley aiming for 'positive result and performance' on Friday

17 October 2019

Neal Eardley wants to rectify last weekend’s defeat at Peterborough United with a positive result against Shrewsbury Town at Sincil Bank on Friday night.

The former Welsh international, who made his 100th regular-season league appearance for the Imps at the Weston Homes Stadium last Saturday, believes that the performances was positive, but needs reciprocating with a result.

Eardley faced Shrewsbury Town at Wembley Stadium in April 2018 for the Imps, and knows his side will be in for another tough encounter.

“There are no easy games in the league and we know that,” Eardley said.

“Friday night under the lights is something we’re looking forward to and I’m sure the fans will be right behind us.

“We’re looking forward to the game and we’ll be looking to put last weekend’s result right with a positive performance and result.”

Eardley is receiving competition for his right-back position from Wales under 21 international Aaron Lewis, who is yet to make his league debut for the Imps, but has started numerous cup fixtures.

“I think Aaron is a fantastic young player and a good professional. That’s obviously good for myself and him to challenge each other,” he added.

“We’re pushing each other and I know that Aaron has done well when he’s featured. He’s got a bright future ahead of him and it’s good for us both that we are pushing each other to get the place in the team.”

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Eardley represented his nation 16 times times between 2007 and 2011, but City do have a representative in the Wales senior squad at the moment in Joe Morrell, and Eardley has been delighted with the youngster’s progress so far.

“I am really pleased for Joe he’s a brilliant player that’s playing alongside some world-class players,” Eardley said.

“He has a bright future ahead of him. All the accolades he gets at club and international level are well deserved.

“As a squad, we are all really pleased for him to get the games for Wales.”

Eardley explained that how, on a personal note, it can be nice for a player to move into different environment’s to train in, as the Imps have with the recent arrival of Michael Appleton, and Morrell also has with his international call-up.

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“I don’t think too much has changed in terms of our thoughts and where we want to go this season.

“The gaffer has his own ideas on how he wants us to play and do things both on and off the pitch.

“The one thing I would say is that the lads are really enjoying it and the training is really good, and it’s nice to have some fresh ideas and different sessions.

“I think sometimes when you go away on international duty it’s quite nice to have a change of environment and from when I played at U21 level and senior levels it was nice to do different things in training and learn from other people.

“I would use that to try and make me a better player.”

The Imps are back on home soil on Friday night, and you can purchase tickets here.


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