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Preview: Shrewsbury Town (A)

26 February 2013

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Rovers face Shrewsbury Town this evening, for the first time ever at the Greenhous Meadow.

Rovers make the trip to Shropshire off of the back of an impressive performance against the form team of the division Yeovil Town.

Rovers put the setback, of losing an early goal, behind them immediately stamping their authority on the game. Rovers were dominant throughout the second half however were unable to get the decisive goal to secure all three points. 

Manager Brian Flynn did admit after the game that he thought the team were starting to return to the form shown earlier on in the season.  

Shrewsbury Town come into the game with three wins out of four, the only defeat that they suffered in February was against league leaders Sheffield United.

Victories over Preston North End, Tranmere Rovers and Stevenage FC has seen The Shrews open an eight point gap between themselves and Colchester United who occupy the final relegation spot.

Previous Encounters:
Our last two games against Shrewsbury have resulted in victory for Rovers, both by a single goal. 

Billy Paynter’s 4th minute penalty secured all three points at the Keepmoat earlier this season, and it was a strike by Prince Moncrieffe which won the points back in January 1998. 

The last visit to Shropshire was to Gay Meadow in August 1997, Rovers went behind after Dave Walton struck with just 15 minutes on the clock. 

Shortly after half time the game took a turn for the worse when Darren Esdaille was dismissed. This immediately perked up the hosts and they doubled their advantage when Darren Currie’s effort found the back of the net. 

Again, Rovers refused to lie down and pushed the hosts all the way to the final whistle in what was a tense finish after David Conlon struck from close range with little more than ten minutes remaining. 

From the Training Ground:

Brian Flynn on Shrewsbury Town
“They’ve had a good couple of results recently.
“Playing Shrewsbury away from home will be a tough test. I watched them play about six weeks ago, at home, and they impressed me - league position at this stage is irrelevant to me, in terms of your opposition.
“It been a fantastic run, away from home and I think it’s going to play a part in the run in. We have to pick up points away from home as well as at home; we can’t rely on one or the other.
“It’s going to get tighter and tighter at the top, it may even go down to goal difference – we will keep doing what we are doing and keep grinding out results if that is the case.”

To read the full interview click HERE or to watch the pre-match press conference with Brian click HERE

David Syers on Shrewsbury Town
“I’ve played against them quite a few times, it’s a tough place to go but there really are no easy games.
“You could look at our next two opponents and think that six points but they’re both on really good runs at the minute and are battling for their lives - it going to be two very tough games.
“It’s not just a case of turning up, we have to turn up like we did second half against Yeovil and take our chances.”

To read the full interview click HERE or to watch the pre-match press conference with David click HERE

Team News:
Billy Paynter has a slight quad muscle strain but has a positive reaction in the past 24hrs. The decision on Billy will be left as late as possible.

Chris Brown is well ahead of schedule and he is hoping to start training again next week.

Iain Hume is fit and available after making a substitute appearance against Yeovi Town.

Bet Butler:
The boys look to be back on song and can be backed at 7/4 with Bet Butler to end their winless run against Shrewsbury Town this evening.

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A cold, cloudy and breezy evening expected with the occasional spot of rain possible.

Rovers Player:
Live and exclusive coverage of Shrewsbury Town v Doncaster Rovers at Greenhous Meadow on Tuesday 26th February 2013 will be available on Rovers Player from 7.30pm. Contact the commentary team via our official Twitter feed @drfc_official throughout the evening. 

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