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Shrewsbury Town match preview

20 August 2018

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Rovers return to home action on Tuesday night when they host Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One.

Rovers will be looking to get back to winning ways against the Shrews following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away to Burton Albion.

Rovers’ last home outing saw goals from Mallik Wilks, Joe Wright and John Marquis help them to collect three points in a 3-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers.

Brief history of Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury play at the 9,785-capacity Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Whilst more commonly known as the Shrews, one of the club’s other nicknames is Salop. This comes from a Latin term that is written on the Shropshire county banner, which translates to ‘Let Salop Flourish’, Salop being the old name of the county.

The Shrews are in their fourth season in League One, following their promotion from the fourth tier in 2015, finishing as runners-up in League Two. Last season saw them record their best finish since returning to the division, finishing third and going on to defeat Charlton Athletic 2-0 on aggregate in the play-off semi-final.

They would go onto lose the play-off final in May, going down 2-1 to Rotherham United after extra time.

Who’s the gaffer?

John Askey is the man in charge of the Shrews, taking his position at the club over the summer following the departure of Paul Hurst.

Askey made the move to Montgomery Waters Meadow after five years in charge of Macclesfield Town, guiding them to the National League title last season. Askey left the Silkmen as a club legend, making more than 500 appearances for them as a player, before having two stints as manager, the second of which saw him get them back into the EFL after six years away.

His managerial win percentage is currently 42.6 per cent, winning 127 of the 298 games he has taken charge of, with 67 draws and 104 defeats.

Ones to watch

Luke Waterfall

The centre-back joined the Shrews in early August, making the step up from League Two after departing Lincoln City. Last season saw Waterfall help guide the Imps to Checkatrade Trophy success, captaining them to their first ever win at Wembley. Waterfall made 41 appearances in League Two as Lincoln finished 7th, with the defender also scoring three times.

Lee Angol

The striker signed a two-year deal in August after joining from Mansfield Town on an undisclosed fee. Angol made a move to Peterborough United in 2015, signing from Luton Town following a successful loan spell at Boreham Wood, scoring 25 times during the 2014/15 season.

After two years with the Posh, Angol joined the Stags, scoring nine times as Mansfield narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season.

Anthony Grant

Another one of Askey’s summer signings, the midfielder joined from Peterborough United. Grant started in the youth team at Chelsea, before moving to Southend United in 2008, making over 150 appearances for the Shrimpers.

After spells with Stevenage, Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale, Grant signed for Peterborough in January 2017, making 49 league appearances for the Posh, with the majority of those coming under the leadership of Rovers manager Grant McCann.

Last time out

Rovers came from two goals down to earn a point away at Shrewsbury Town in January 2018. Mat Sadler and Carlton Morris had seemingly put the Shrews in control, before goals from Mathieu Baudry and Issam Ben Khemis saw Rovers pull it back to 2-2 against the promotion chasers.

Rovers last win at home to the Shrews came during the 2012/13 League One season, with an early Billy Paynter penalty enough for the hosts to take the three points at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers are back at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday August 21 to take on John Askey's Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One, get your tickets now from

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