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PREVIEW | Shrewsbury Town vs Rovers

16 April 2021

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Rovers are on the road in Sky Bet League One this weekend as they take on Shrewsbury Town at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Andy Butler’s side go in search of a morale boosting victory after a poor run of form in recent weeks. 

Shrewsbury’s recent form 

The Shrews have won two of their past six league games stretching back to a 2-1 victory at Burton Albion on March 23. They then suffered back-to-back defeats against Portsmouth and Northampton Town, before getting back to winning ways  

They went on to earn a draw at Gillingham, before being beaten 4-1 by Oxford United in their last league outing.  

Club News

Shrewsbury Town kick-off moved to 12.30pm

12 April 2021

The man in charge 

Former Cheltenham Town, Burnley and Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill was appointed as the new Shrewsbury boss at the end of November, replacing Sam Ricketts in the role.  

Since he took the job, Cotterill has taken charge of 25 matches, winning 11, drawing seven and losing seven, giving him an overall win percentage of 44%. 

 

Ones to watch 

Oliver Norburn 

After beginning his career with Leicester City, Norburn got his first taste of first-team football during a loan spell with Bristol Rovers which was soon made permanent. The central midfielder joined Shrewsbury in the summer of 2018 from Tranmere Rovers, signing a three-year deal with the club.  

Since then, he has become an integral part of the team and has been linked with moves to a higher division in the past, such is the high level of consistency he has found at Montgomery Waters Meadow. 

 

Shaun Whalley 

The former Accrington Stanley midfielder joined the Shrews from Luton Town in 2015, after helping the Hatters win promotion to the EFL.  

After a difficult first six months at the club, he has gone on to become a fans favourite, with his best season to date being the 2017/18 campaign – where the winger bagged 12 goals. He has continued to chip in with important goals throughout his time at the club, with eight to his name so far this time around. 

 

Harry Chapman 

A product of the Middlesbrough Academy, Chapman spent time on loan with Sheffield United, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers before a permanent move to Ewood Park in January 2019. 

The 23-year-old struggled to hold down a regular spot in the side though and had to settle for appearances off the bench, before sealing a loan move to Shrewsbury in January. He has hit the ground running for the Shrews, with seven goals in 18 appearances since his arrival. 

 

Last time out  

Aaron Pierre’s goal eight minutes into the second half was enough to earn all three points for Shrewsbury when the two sides last met at the Keepmoat Stadium in December. 

 

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