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Match Preview: Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United

5 January 2018

Marcus Braddock gives his take on this weekend's FA Cup tie

This Sunday afternoon will see us entertain Premier League West Ham United in the third round of the F.A. Cup. Given their lofty status in comparison to ours, excitement is high amongst Shrewsbury Town fans as the Match of the Day cameras roll in to Town. West Ham have always been a fashionable club with Ray Winstone,  Barrack Obama and Her Majesty the Queen all said to have a soft spot for the club. Russell Brand, Lennox Lewis, and Kris Akabusi are also keen Hammers although it's not clear if they'll share a minibus or travel separately.

The Hammers have had a tricky season so far and replaced manager Slaven Billic with David Moyes in November after a poor start to the season that saw them languish at the bottom of the top division. In the last few days they've taken four points from a home win against West Brom and an away draw at Tottenham Hotspurs.

The Manager

Many of us will remember David Moyes from his time here as a player in the 1990's, my memory is of a committed, battler who could also play a bit. His history as a manager is pretty well known, he started with Preston, made his name with Everton and showed courage in taking on Manchester United at one of the most difficult times in their recent history. In the end, his 52 games with United may not have been anywhere near enough to sort things out but the pressure intensified the situation and they parted company.  

His move to Spain and Real Sociedad looked a good one at the time, a fresh challenge and all that but patchy form saw him leave after just a year. A season at Sunderland followed, another courageous decision but, like a few others, he wasn't able to sort out the problems at the Stadium of Light in the short time given. His appointment at West Ham could end up a good one, he has good backing, a broad supporter base and a new stadium in the Olympic Park.

Top Scorers (cup goals in brackets)

Andre Ayew 3(3)
Marko Arnautovic 5
Javier Hernandez 4
Diafra Sakho 2(2)


Manuel Lanzini 5
Aaron Creswell 4
Clean Sheets

Six in twenty-two Premier League games, two of which came from away games. Two from four League cup games.

Goal Distribution (Premier League games only)

The second half is when West Ham are at their most vulnerable with 68% of their conceded goals coming in the second half. Ten of those goals have come in the last fifteen minutes of away games with seven in the preceding half an hour of play.

Their strongest period of the game is the fifteen minutes before half time during which they have scored four times and conceded three. Their poorest period in terms of goals scored is the first fifteen minutes of the second half with no goals scored in twelve away games this season.


Paul Tierney from Lancashire. Games this season: 15. Yellow Cards: 42. Red Cards: 0.


The Hammers have drawn 42% of their away games and have also failed to score in 42%. Both teams have scored in 50% of their away games against a Premier League average of 46%. They score first in fifty percent of away games with the away team scoring first 42% of the time.

Squad News

As has been well publicised, after just a couple of games over Christmas West Ham United have to play three games between Tuesday and Sunday which will test the depths of their squad. Last night’s game saw Aaron Creswell and Marko Arnautovic sidelined and Andy Carroll on the bench. Joe Hart is tipped to return to Shrewsbury Town between the sticks in place of Adrian.

Shrewsbury Town have had a six day rest following their 4 games in 10 days over Christmas which is just as well as this is the first of three games in six days for us. Other than Junior Brown, Paul Hurst has no serious injury worries and has just signed left sided defender Max Lowe from Derby County


When we finished the Oldham game, our next fixture was in the cup against a team in the relegation zone but things change quickly and now our opponents are now unbeaten in three and clear of the bottom three. Based on their last eight games, West Ham have the eighth best attack in the Premier League with some excellent options to choose from upfront. Defensively they look a fairly strong unit that have managed eight clean sheets in all competitions, although they're in the bottom half so things aren't totally peachy in that area.

There has been lots of talk about sacrificing this game and second teams but I wonder how much of that is just talk. Surely extending their unbeaten record is better than an embarrassing defeat that could throw their rhythm. Obviously some players have had knocks and won’t be risked but let's not forget that the value of just one of their squad players is often more than our squad and stadium put together. However, I still think that we will give a performance that we can all be proud of, whatever the result.


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Match Reports

Town 0 West Ham United 0

7 January 2018

Town earn a replay with terrific performance

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley (Arthur Gnahoua, 87), Abu Ogogo (c), Carlton Morris (Stefan Payne, 82), James Bolton, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman (Max Lowe, 76)
Subs not used: Craig MacGillivray, Louis Dodds, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris

West Ham United: Joe Hart (c), Winston Reid (Domingos Quina, 86), Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang, Javier Hernandez (Antonio Martinez, 71), Andre Ayew, Angelo Ogbonna, Arthur Masuaku, Reece Burke, Joshua Cullen, Declan Rice
Subs not used: Adrian, Sead Haksabanovic, Martin Samuelsen, Vashon Neufville, Moses Makasi

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Steve Child & Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Bobby Madley

Attendance: 9,535 (1,541 away supporters)

Shrewsbury Town and West Ham United will both have an interest in tomorrow night’s FA Cup 4th round after a goalless draw at the Montgomery Waters Meadow. And West Ham will be the happier of the two sides to get a second chance after a lacklustre performance in Shropshire. The sides will meet again at the London Stadium to determine who gets a place in the last 32 of the world’s oldest cup competition.

There was a massive boost as the teams were announced with on-loan goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, taking his place between the posts, after parent club Manchester United granted Town permission to play him in the competition for the first time this season. The Hammers named a strong XI with former Town starlet Joe Hart in goal and given the captaincy to mark his return to Shropshire.

It was a crisp but sunny winter’s afternoon as West Ham got the game underway with the Montgomery Waters Meadow packed to the rafters for this televised, and much anticipated, 3rd round tie.

After a cagey opening the first real chance fell to the Premier League side. Joshua Cullen saw his corner kick headed clear by Ben Godfrey and when Cullen swung the ball over for a second time, Cheikhou Kouyate couldn’t make a connection and a passable opportunity skipped by.

The noise levels went up a few notches in the home sections when Alex Rodman was felled 25 yards out, but the wall did its job to keep out Jon Nolan’s set piece. By this time, Hart was sporting a baseball cap with the sun shining directly into his eyes.

The game was halted for a short period with ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, Javier Hernandez, receiving treatment, but a quick dab of the magic sponge and he was soon back on his feet.

Town were more than holding their own against their illustrious opponents - seeing plenty of the ball and spending the majority of the opening 20 minutes inside West Ham’s half of the pitch. After 26 minutes Godfrey missed a good chance to open the scoring when Whalley’s free-kick found the midfielder in space in the box. But the influential number 4 didn’t get enough purchase on the ball and Hart was able to make a comfortable save.

Omar Beckles was too high with a speculative volley from distance as the half hour ticked by, and as Andre Ayew was being seen to by the West Ham physio, Mat Sadler arrived at the touchline to get treatment from Chris Skitt for a bloodied head wound that required a change to his blood soaked jersey. After rejoining the action, Sadler burst into the box and forced Hart into a decent stop, and the Hammers keeper did even better to push out Rodman’s angled drive a minute later, as Town remained on the front foot.

Carlton Morris put a peach of a ball across the six yard box in added on time and West Ham were forced to defend the corner. They did so and ended the half once again frantically defending their goal - having spent large parts of the match playing second fiddle to a dominant Shrewsbury side. On the sound of the whistle, Salop went down the tunnel with the generous applause from their supporters amongst a crowd of 9,535 richly deserved.

Half Time: Town 0 West Ham United 0

Against a cloudless blue sky the Meadow lights were on for the start of the second half, with no change in personnel as play resumed.

Rodman’s penetrating burst into the box 90 seconds in was crying out for a shot but he opted to square to Whalley who was crowded out.  

You sensed West Ham had a lot more to offer whereas Shrewsbury had played close to optimum levels with just that cutting edge missing where it mattered. That said, Hart had been far busier than his opposing number, Henderson.

Sadler disappeared down the tunnel - presumably for a stitch or two after a big dollop of Vaseline failed to stem the flow of claret when that head wound opened again, and it left Town temporarily a man light. When he returned, his head was swathed in bandages making him instantly recognisable at the heart of Town’s defence.

There was a brief lull in terms of intensity, but all the craft and all of the inventiveness had come from the team in blue & amber, with few wearing claret & blue doing much to justify their enormous salaries on this showing.

The home supporters tried to rally their team but with less than 20 minutes to go, a replay was beginning to look the most likely outcome. Hernandez was withdrawn as David Moyes made the first change and quickly after, Abu Ogogo might have done better than put a weak delivery straight at Hart with men in the box to aim for.

Max Lowe – signed on loan from Derby County on Friday – came on in place of Rodman with 14 minutes left and facing a dangerous looking free-kick, central to goal and 30 yards out but Pedro Obiang overcooked it and it drifted harmlessly out of play. To say that West Ham had been disappointing would have been putting it mildly. They had offered next to nothing as an attacking force but they had their clean sheet and looked set for a second bite of the cherry.

Stefan Payne was introduced with eight minutes remaining with Morris the man withdrawn as Shrews went in search for a winner. Nolan was fouled midway inside the West Ham half as Winston Reid’s afternoon ended through injury, and when United failed to see the ball over the deadball line, Nolan lashed a really decent chance way over Hart’s crossbar.

Whalley was substituted with the clock running down with Arthur Gnahoua given the remaining few minutes to make a real name for himself.

Town mounted a frantic last minute assault which led to an all-hands-on-deck approach from West Ham, but Lowe’s first touch was just too heavy which led to the move ultimately breaking down. The team left the pitch to a standing ovation and on this display, they must feel they are yet capable of an upset.

Full Time: Town 0 West Ham United 0

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Ticket News

West Ham Ticket Details

12 December 2017

Ticket details for our FA Cup Third Round tie against West Ham United

Tickets details have been confirmed for Shrewsbury Town’s game against West Ham United in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round.
The game will take place on Sunday 7th January at the Montgomery Waters Meadow and tickets will go on-sale tomorrow at 10am (Wednesday 13th December).
The kick-off is 2pm and the match will also be shown live on BBC One.
Tickets will go on-sale to Season Ticket Holders and Sovereign Club Members first, before then being available to fans with 10 loyalty points or over, then to fans with between 1-9 loyalty points, before finally going on general sale (subject to availability). Full details of this process can be found further down the page. Each supporter will be able to buy two tickets.
We have been in discussion with West Ham since the draw was made last week and we are thankful to them for allowing us to use our normal matchday prices for this game, meaning that Adult prices will cost from £20.
The only change in the pricing after discussions with West Ham is an increase on Under-8 ticket prices, which will cost £6 for the game, but all other ticket prices will be the same as any Sky Bet League One fixture.
This game is not included in the Season Ticket and holders will need to purchase a ticket for the game. Season Ticket holders will have the game added to their season ticket and they will use this to access the game - no physical tickets will be provided unless Season Ticket holders buy an alternative seat to their Season Ticket seat.

There will be no discount for FanCard holders, but they can purchase the game at full price and select the option to have the game added to their FanCard.

The Youth Group offer is not valid for Emirates FA Cup games.

Full details on when you can buy tickets can be found below:
Wednesday 13th to Tuesday 19th December 2017
Season ticket holders only, including sovereign members, can buy their own seat plus one additional ticket
Wednesday 20th December to Wednesday 27th December 2017
Fancard and Non season ticket holders who have 10 loyalty points or more can buy up to 2 tickets (subject to availability)
Thursday 28th December to Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Fancard and Non season ticket holders who have loyalty points from 1-9 points can buy up to 2 tickets (subject to availability)
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 onwards
General sale for those with previous purchase history or proof of address (subject to availability)

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:
•    In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
•    By calling 01743 273943
•    Via our online ticketing site - click here

Tickets bought online can also be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

If you can't make it to the game you can listen to full match commentary, or watch the game if you are an International fan, on IFollow Shrews or download the app here to listen if you are out and about - IFollow App.

Details on opening hours over Christmas can be found here.

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