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Danny Whitehead says he is looking forward to Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup tie at Shrewsbury Town, and coming up against his former manager.

The Salford midfielder arrived from Macclesfield Town in the summer after winning The National League under John Askey, who replaced Paul Hurst at the League One side.

At 18th in SkyBet League One table, Shrewsbury will be the highest-placed side The Ammies have ever faced competitively. 

However the 25-year-old says that the National League side, unbeaten in 16 league games, won’t be feeling any pressure.

“I think being the underdog might work in our favour because the pressure is off us, whereas I know Shrewsbury have been struggling recently so I think all the pressure’s on them. 

“For us going into the game we can just relax and play our own game.

“It’s been really good so far, like you say 16 unbeaten. We were a bit sloppy towards the start of the season, but that’s understandable with us all being new lads but you can see now that we’re really gelling together and really starting to put in some strong performances.”

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Whitehead has two goals in 20 appearances, scoring his first against Chesterfield.

Whitehead re-joined Askey at Macclesfield for a fourth time in his career in September 2017 as The Silkmen went on to win promotion to the Football League, with the pair going their separate ways in the summer.

“It’s going to be good to see him again, I’m sure both of us just want to win though so there won’t be any nice feelings before the game, just after the game we might be talking! But we just want to win, to progress as far as we can in the cup.

“It’s a massive competition, I’ve never been past the first round myself so to progress further on, it’d be massive for the club as well to get as far as we can.

“I think they’ll be a team that want to have a lot of possession and pick their time to attack. They’ll attack quick, but I think they’ll mainly be focusing on possession and picking their time to attack against us.”

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