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Match Preview - Rovers v Shrewsbury Town

26 August 2022

Rovers are back in BS7 this weekend as we welcome Steve Cotterill's Shrewsbury Town. Check out all the pre-match information below!

Rovers fell to defeat in our previous game against Portsmouth last weekend. Since our last game, Joey Barton has added Luke McCormick to the squad. The midfielder signed a three-year deal with the Gas on Wednesday morning.

Coach's Preview

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Last Time Out

Opposition View 

Steve Cotterill has said to that 'there are no easy games' in League One as he prepares his side for Saturday's test at The Mem.

"They're all tough games. There is no easy game in this league and anyone who thinks we've had a tough run of games and the next batch isn't going to be as tough, you need to get that out of your head. 

"There isn't an easy game and this is a tough one. Whenever you play a newly promoted team they always have something about them which is why they got promoted in the first place. We had tough games last year against Morecambe, Cheltenham and Cambridge and it'll be another tough game on Saturday, I'm sure."


Familiar Faces

Luke Leahy will be the one familiar face for Gasheads in the Shrewsbury squad. Luke was at Rovers for two years and was made captain of the club during the 2020/21 season when Joey Barton joined the club. During his stay in BS7, Luke made 70 appearances for Rovers scoring eight goals. 


Form Guide

The Shrews currently occupy 18th place in the League One table. After five games this season, Shrewsbury have won one game, drawn two and lost two with their sole victory coming against Wycombe Wanderers in August. Shrewsbury have found goals hard to come by in their opening five games with Luke Leahy and Matthew Pennington being the two players with goals to their name so far this season.


Ref Watch

Sam Purkiss is the match official for this weekend's clash at The Mem. Purkiss has taken charge of two Sky Bet League One games so far this season and on average produces 2.50 yellow cards per game and 15.00 fouls per game. Referee Purkiss has sent off one player in League One this season with that red card coming in Charlton Athletic's 5-1 win over Plymouth Argyle with James Wilson receiving his marching orders.


Betting Preview

EFL sponsors Sky Bet have priced Rovers at 11/8 for the win on Saturday afternoon. Rovers can also be backed at 10/1 to win the game 2-0. On the goalscorer markets, Antony Evans is priced at 8/1 to open the scoring, whilst Harry Anderson can be backed at 3/1 to score at any time throughout the clash.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To bet with Sky Bet please click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

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Match Reports

Match Report - Rovers 1-1 Shrewsbury

27 August 2022

The points are shared at The Mem.

A first goal at The Memorial Stadium from Ryan Loft was not enough for Rovers to claim all three points against a stubborn Shrewsbury Town.

Joey Barton made three changes to the side that lost to Portsmouth last weekend with Connolly, Finley and Whelan replaced by Kilgour, Gordon and Anderson.

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The first clear-cut chance of the game fell to John Marquis in the 19th minute. The Rovers striker did well to make space for himself and get a shot away, which Shrewsbury goalkeeper Marosi parried behind for a corner kick to the Gas. 

Rovers came agonisingly close to the game's opening goal in the 25th minute. Antony Evans worked an angle for the cross following a free-kick and found the oncoming Alfie Kilgour, who was desperately unlucky to see his well-placed header crash off the base of the post and Shrewsbury were able to clear their lines.

Rovers were almost the masters of their own downfall. After passing the ball around the backline without a Shrewsbury player in sight, Kilgour's wayward backpass nearly rolled into his own net. Belshaw's sliding clearance off his line bought the move to the end and spared Kilgour's blushes. 

Shrewsbury's Shipley had a chance to open the scoring just before the half-time interval but blasted his effort wide of Belshaw's goal.

Joey Barton rolled the dice in the 60th minute, bringing on Sam Finley and Ryan Loft in place of Lewis Gordon and Paul Coutts as Rovers pushed for the opener.

The changes proved to be what just Rovers needed. Collins picked up the ball and drove at the Shrewsbury defence before playing a perfectly-weighted ball into the feet of Ryan Loft, who opened up his body and swept the ball past Marosi to put the Gas a goal up.


The visitors found the equaliser not long after. After desperate defending from Rovers initially kept Shrewsbury out, from the corner, Bowman pounced to level the scores going into the final ten minutes of the game.

Rovers pushed for the winner but it wasn't to be and had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Next up for the Gas is the midweek trip to Plymouth Argyle as we begin our Papa Johns Trophy campaign. 

Rovers: James Belshaw, Luca Hoole, Alfie Kilgour, Lewis Gibson, Lewis Gordon, Paul Coutts (c), Antony Evans, Jordan Rossiter, Aaron Collins, John Marquis, Harry Anderson.

Subs: Anssi Jaakkola, Sam Finley, Ryan Loft, Harvey Saunders, Glenn Whelan, Malik Sesay, Jerry Lawrence.

Shrewsbury Town: Marko Marosi, Luke Leahy (c), Matthew Pennington, Taylor Moore, Dan Udoh, Tom Bayliss, Chey Dunkley, George Nurse, Jordan Shipley, Julien Dacosta, Tom Flanagan.

Subs: Harry Burgoyne, Ryan Bowman, Rekeil Pyke, Tom Bloxham, Charlie Caton, Kade Craig, Josh Barlow.

Referee: Sam Purkiss

Attendance: 8,570

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Ticket News

On-the-Day ticket sales for Shrewsbury

26 August 2022

For the first time this season, we’ll have on-the-day sales available for tomorrow’s match against Shrewsbury.

Tickets will continue to be available for online purchases, but you will also be able to visit the ticket office on site and purchase them on the day, remembering that all purchases must be made using card.

Owing to the fact that Shrewsbury have sold their allocation of away tickets, only those with current Bristol Rovers Ticketmaster accounts will be able to purchase tickets.

There are a limited number of tickets still available in the Thatchers terrace and South Stand, as well as plenty in the East Terrace. With the restrictions on the club now lifted, we look forward to allowing all fans back to The Mem to enjoy the game.

We thank you for your continued support.

Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

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