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Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers

19 October 2020

We take a look at this week's midweek clash with Shrewsbury Town, and provide the lowdown on the tie!

Looking ahead...

Following a draw on the weekend, the Gas will be looking to get back to winning ways in this midweek fixture away at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, against Shrewsbury Town.

It's been a period of firsts for striker James Daly, who after his first professional goal against Lincoln City, followed up with a first on the Mem against Burton Albion. Can he grab his first midweek goal tomorrow?

Manager Ben Garner spoke to the press via Zoom on Monday afternoon, to discuss the week ahead, beginning with this trip to Shrewsbury Town.

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Manager's Preview - Ben on Shrewsbury Town

Points of interest...

With four fixtures to go still in the month of October, the squad depth the Gas possess will be a big factor in the weeks to come as weary legs begin the creep in. Yet to make his debut for the Gas, Ben Liddle will be available for selection for Tuesday's trip.

Additionally, this week will see Luke McCormick return to the club he concluded last campaign with, playing 5 times for the Salops before the season was curtailed. The Chelsea-loanee has been a bright spark since joining the Gas, offering real class in the final third.

View from the Opposition...

Garner's side come across another team lead by another young manager, following the weekend's draw against 35-year-old Jake Buxton, they now meet a Shrewsbury manager lead by Sam Ricketts, at the age of 39.

Ricketts's men picked up their first win of the campaign on the weekend and will be looking to build on those three points. Speaking to shrewsburytown.com on how Rovers are shaping up this campaign, the manager said, “We are expecting a very different Rovers to what we played last year. Last year they were very direct and would try to out-battle you as a team. This time around they have moved to three at the back and try to dominate from there.

“They try to use their passing range and way of playing to hurt the opposition. We look at all team’s strengths.  We will try to stop their key players and try to impose ourselves on the game. With such a quick turn-around, we will focus more on us rather than looking at the opposition."

Form Guide...

Whilst not free-scoring, Ricketts' Shrewsbury Town side have proven difficult to beat so far this season, with just one loss in their opening five fixtures. Draws against Portsmouth, Plymouth and Gillingham will have frustrated the Salops as much as their underwhelming defeat to Northampton Town in mid-September.

However, following a week off courtesy of an international break, they traveled to Wimbledon on Saturday and returned home with all three points, grinding out a 1-0 win in London.

Past Meetings...

The Gas' last trip to Shrewsbury Town was an action-packed one for sure, with an end to end affair ending 4-3 with Rovers pegged back after being 3-1 up, before finding a late winner to take all three points.

Kit...

Rovers will be wearing their black and yellow away strip on Tuesday night.

How to watch...

Tune in to this midweek tie from the comfort of your own home. The link below has the full rundown on how to watch Tuesday's game live on iFollow - with match passes priced at £10.

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How to Watch Tuesday's Game Live on iFollow!

Around the grounds...

Every League One side is in action on Tuesday night as the league picks up speed during this slightly shortened campaign. The Gas' upcoming weekend opponents, Accrington Stanley, host Fleetwood Town at home on Tuesday evening, while Burton Albion will be looking to build on their point at the Mem on Saturday against Rochdale.

Table-toppers Ipswich Town face a tricky away tie to Doncaster Rovers, while Plymouth head to Lincoln City for an all-top-six midweek clash.

 


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