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SWINDON TOWN: Kasim getting used to trips into the unknown
MIDFIELDER Yaser Kasim has admitted he is going into games despite not knowing an awful lot about the opposition, but believes the Robins are better off concentrating on their own performances as they continue to gel as a team.
The Iraq-born former Brighton man is one of a number of new signings who arrived in Wiltshire over the summer and has been an instant hit in the holding role since making his debut as a substitute on the opening day away at Peterborough.
Having not played in League One before, the midfielder is getting his first look at the opposition when the squad view DVDs in the days leading up to matches, but with Town still perfecting their new slick, passing style of football Kasim believes they still need to learn plenty about themselves.
“I’ve never played Shrewsbury and I don’t know much about them, but from what the manager has been saying at the other player that they are a typical League One team so we will see,” he said.
“It’s a challenge and you have problems in games all the time whether you make them or the opposition makes them, you just need to work out how to solve them.
“We watch a DVD or two about them and see what sort of game they play, but you can’t go into detail before you’ve watched a couple of their games because then you see their habits.
“We work on what we can do as a team and how to play and control the game, and we still have patches of the game where we lose our identity. We are trying to have a passing game, but when we make a pass and lose the ball it becomes a bit of a fight which is not what we want.
“Once we get that down we can start to look at the opposition.”
Kasim is set to start in midfield at Shrewsbury tomorrow alongside Massimo Luongo and Ryan Harley, and feels he is getting up to speed having missed a large chunk of pre-season.
“Ryan (Mason) is injured at the moment, and Harley didn’t have much of a pre-season like me, but it’s up to the manager who plays really,” he said.
“I’m getting fitter by playing games, and missing pre-season was good and bad because I didn’t have to do all the hard work, but when you have to get to the games it’s a little bit harder. That’s what you want though, games.
“The pre-season in Portugal was good and really hot which was a bit of a problem, but it was a good opportunity to get to know the players and things like that.
“The last two days got a bit too much and dragged on a bit because we were always in our hotel room and you had to keep moving from one place to another to eat, and you couldn’t go out because you didn’t know the area.”
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