Its preview time once again and after what seems like a month we're back at home for two League one games that could prove vital to our League one status. On Tuesday we have the visit of Crawley to look forward to but first we face Bristol City this weekend.
The Robins had a pretty difficult season last year and ended up being relegated from the Championship and this season has been an equally difficult one. Their start to League one saw them winless in the league until October 22nd although in that time they won three cup games. The win started a 4 game unbeaten run in the league that took them up the division from 24th to 19th but after that they drew two and lost one. At that point in late November Sean O'Driscoll parted company with the Robins, to be replaced a few days later by Steve Cotterill. Since taking over, Cotterill has managed the Bristol club to six wins, six defeats and six draws.
Head to Head
Before this seasons 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate, we hadn't played each other since the late 1990's and that was a league cup double header with us winning 4-3 at Gay Meadow and City winning 4-0 at Ashton Gate. You have to go back to 1990 for the last Bristol City win in Shrewsbury and that was a 1-0 defeat in the old division three. Our best win against Bristol City was a 4-0 win at Gay Meadow in 1980 and Bristol City's best win against us was a 5-1 win at Gay Meadow in 1965. In the 27 league games between Shrewsbury Town and Bristol City, Bristol have won thirteen and Shrewsbury have won 8.
Sam Baldock is well ahead of anyone else in Bristol's top scoring table. In league games he's scored 16 in 33 and he also has a couple of goals in the cup. He's also the City captain, so he's a man we really need to stop playing. The 24 year old started his career with Wimbledon, who then turned into Milton Keynes. He scored 33 goals in 102 games for the Bucks club but in 2011 he was signed by West Ham for an undisclosed fee. He scored five in his first six games for the Hammers but injuries limited his first team opportunities and he ended up signing for Bristol City at the start of last season. He has so far scored 26 times in 67 league games for Bristol City.
Clean Sheets - Two, both at home.
Away wins - Two.
Goals scored - 26 at home and 23 at home.
Goals Conceded - 26 at home and 30 at home.
Graham Horwood from Bedfordshire. Games this season: 20. Yellow Cards: 66. Red Cards: 1.
Assistants - Simon Brown and Darren Strain
Fourth Official - Paul Hobday
Bristol City don’t have any new injury worries and have a couple of players coming back from injury who could be in contention.
Shrewsbury Town have midfielder Sam Foley on loan who is available and
Our home stats are difficult reading with no win and only two goals scored in the last eight home games. A more positive way to look at it is to say that we are unbeaten at home with Mike Jackson in charge and have scored in 50% of our games at the Greenhous Meadow. Spin aside, I think we've been looking a much tidier outfit in recent weeks, we may not have won at home in ages but our last couple of games at the Meadow have been creditable draws against very decent sides, Brentford in particular. We're also unbeaten in three games now, with the team winning their first game under Jacko recently. So things look quite positive at the moment and if we can beat Bristol City, things will look even better. A 2-1 win for Shrewsbury Town!
Mike Jackson't thoughts ahead of the big game
On our strikers...
It's confidence, with strikers, they score and they can then go on little runs. You see the chances the other week against Coventry, just one of those goes in and it’s a totally different game. But we'll keep working at it, we've worked at it all this week again, playing in the final third, we've done it again today, so hopefully we're moving in the right direction. We just want one to go in from the chances we create.
On his methods...
It takes a bit of time when you want to work in a different way, the intensity of the training and the duration of it. And I said when I first came, we want something that applies to us, a way of playing and I want that and slowly I can see signs of it coming in. The way we want to defend, that changes sometimes for the team we play.
On Bristol City...
I know they've got a good manager; some good players and that they can be a threat on their day. As a club they will be looking to stay in this league, like we are and to build moving forward. They were one of the favourites to go straight up and it hasn't just worked for them.