The key quotes from Mark Bonner's pre-Shrewsbury Town press conference
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Cambridge United manager Mark Bonner met the media ahead of the U's match against Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Among the topics discussed were the recent draws against Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday, facing relegation-threatened Shrewsbury and an update on the fitness of key players.

On building momentum after draws against promotion candidates

Cambridge rallied to secure a draw against Ipswich from two goals down and put in a solid performance against Sheffield Wednesday and Bonner is looking to continue the momentum the U's built.

"We thought the performance throughout the game on Tuesday was very good and I loved how we started the game”, he said.

“It is that kind of intensity and purpose that we played with that we have got to try and replicate as many times as we can.

"One of many things I will credit this team for is how they learn and develop. How they respond to challenging situations, like Saturday and Tuesday, is really important and we have done that continually in so many different ways."

On facing Shrewsbury

The Shrews have been mired in the relegation zone for virtually the entire season and currently sit in 21st, but Bonner isn't taking the Shropshire outfit lightly.

"It will be a good test against a team whose home form is not too bad. The wins they have got have come at home this year so we know we will be tested. 

"They are a powerful and direct team with a manager with bags of experience. They've had some good results at home this year, so we have to find the level again that we found in the last two games."

Update on key players

The Cambridge manager provided updates on Liam O'Neill, Wes Hoolahan and Jack Lankester as the U's are at mostly full strength ahead of their trip to Shrewsbury.

"Liam's had physio appointments, scans, ultrasounds and consultations all this week so hopefully we will get a time frame on that over the next few days.

"Wes is fit and available, he is back in training this morning and everybody else is good to go apart from being a little bit leggy and a little bit tired from Tuesday.

"Jack is out running today so hopefully at some point next week he will be back in full training so Saturday and Tuesday's game probably come too soon for him."

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