Defender talks to Brewers Player ahead of Exeter City
Burton Albion defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff is back in contention ahead of the visit ahead of Exeter City, and is raring to get back into action.
“It’s always hard when you go out of the team, especially when we’re on a good run but you have to look at your record from when you were playing.
“It depends on what the gaffer wants to do, whether he wants us to get us back together or carry on with the lads that have done well,” said Cansdell-Sherriff.
Cansdell-Sherriff picked up his injury in the New Years Day draw at Mansfield Town, and says he still isn’t fully aware of what happened.
“Well I don’t remember a lot of it. I’ve seen it back on footage where I’ve gone to attack a corner and it knocked me out for a bit, and it fractured my cheekbone in three places.
“I had two or three different types of painkillers and an x-ray, which confirmed a tripod fracture. I saw a specialist the next day and I had an operation to have my cheekbone pushed back out and reinforced with a steel plate,” Cansdell-Sherriff said.
The Australian defender knows it’s important to make a fast start tomorrow and to dominate their visitors, who haven’t won in four games.
“Despite their form, it’s still going to be a tough game no matter what. The conditions will be hard and they’re going to want to make it hard for us to win.
“We can jump on their form and if we start the game right and make it hard for them early on; we can get them back into that mindset of ‘here we go again’. We have to try and make it hard and put our game on them,” he added.
The squad were already travelling to Torquay when their midweek fixture was postponed, and says whilst it was frustrating to not play, the team are raring to go for tomorrow’s game.
“We got around half an hour short of Exeter before getting the nod to turn around. It was frustrating and a waste of a day to be sitting around, but it happens now and then.
“We‘ve had a good rest, but we’ve had some good sessions as well so we’re raring to go.
“I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to play and get back into winning ways and get our run going again,” he said.
Competition for places is at a premium in the Brewers squad, something that Cansdell-Sheriff is looking forward to.
“We’re here to play games, and I want to play games and fight hard for my spot. But more importantly for the team, we want to get back to winning ways, dominate and get promoted.
"It’s that time of the season where every point is important. We need our strongest team going forward and hopefully I can push the players around me.”