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Shrewsbury Town (A) match preview

21 February 2020

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Rovers travel to face Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One this weekend.

Darren Moore’s side go into the game looking to get back to winning ways after defeat at Gillingham last time out.

Shrewsbury are currently 17th in the table with their safety looking all but secured having built up a 12 point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.

Shrewsbury’s recent form

Town have taken just two points from their past six league games, either side of an Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay with Premier League leaders Liverpool.

After a battling 2-2 draw with Fleetwood in January, Shrewsbury ended the first month of 2020 with a 2-0 defeat at Gillingham. Another narrow defeat at Rochdale followed before they played out a 1-1 draw with MK Dons. They previous two fixtures have yielded the same score-line, 2-0 defeats at home to Accrington and away at Portsmouth leaving them yet to taste victory since the turn of the year.

Who’s the gaffer?

Welshman Sam Ricketts has been in charge of the Shrews since December 2018 following a spell as manager of Non League side Wrexham.

Since taking over at the Mongomery Waters Meadow, Ricketts has overseen 74 games, winning 21, drawing 28 and losing 25, giving him an overall win percentage of 28.4%.

Ones to watch

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

After starting his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ebanks-Landell made more than 40 appearances during his time at Molineux. He spent time on loan with several EFL clubs during that time, the most notable of which came with Sheffield United in the 2016-17 campaign. He played 34 times as the Blades won promotion from Sky Bet League One. He has also spent time with MK Dons and Rochdale, before joining Shrewsbury permanently in the summer.

Josh Laurent

The energetic midfielder joined the club in the summer of 2018 for an undisclosed fee from Wigan Athletic. After coming through the youth ranks at QPR, Laurent had spells with Brentford and Hartlepool. He signed for Wigan in 2017 but featured just four times for the club, and spent a large chunk of his time there on loan at Bury.

Jason Cummings

The Scottish striker made his name in the Scottish Premiership after coming through the ranks at Hibernian. He averaged almost a goal every other game during his time at Easter Road before earning a move to Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest. He struggled for game time there though and spent time on loan with Rangers, Peterborough and Luton before joining Shrewsbury in the summer. He hit the headlines recently after scoring twice to earn the FA Cup replay with Liverpool.

Who’s the ref?

Andy Woolmer will be the man in charge when Rovers travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday, and you can find out more about him here.

Last time out

Rovers ran out 2-0 winners at the Keepmoat Stadium when the two sides last met at the start of 2020. Niall Ennis opened the scoring early on before a second-half header from Tom Anderson sealed all three points.


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