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Rotherham United Preview

26 May 2018

Marcus Braddock previews Sunday's Sky Bet League One Play-off final with Rotherham

The headline going into this game is one of fate intertwined over the years and one of friends becoming rivals. Also in the mix are two teams whose first ever appearance at the national stadium was against each other over two decades ago. I almost forgot to add in that our manager Paul Hurst spent most of his career playing for this weekends opposition Rotherham and was in the team that beat us in 1996. As an added bonus there is also talk of a curse on Shrewsbury Town at Wembley having been beaten there four times!

The problem with stories like the above is that they fail to acknowledge the real story of the season which is that relegation favourites confounded the odds makers and popular opinion to astound pretty much everyone with a passing interest in League One! We've been fantastic pretty much all season and to finish it in style we just need to put the cherry on the cake. That is of course easier said than done against a team that have spent three of the last four seasons in the Championship and a team that has shown some frighteningly good form this season.

The Managers

As the story goes, the two managers have been good friends for a number of years after playing together in the same Millers team. Hurst went into management first when he took the reins at Ilkeston with Rob Scott in 2008 and since then he's managed Boston and Grimsby before taking over at Shrewsbury in October of 2017.  At the same time, Rotherham were in a spot of trouble at the wrong end of the Championship, needed a new manager after Kenny Jackett resigned and so Warne was appointed. Both Hurst and Warne were given the tough task of keeping their team in its division and neither had any experience of management at either level. Ultimately Warne didn’t manage to keep Rotherham up and Hurst succeeded. To their credit the Millers chose to stick with Warne and he and his former teammate have finished remarkably close to each other after two excellent seasons.

Threats

Rotherham’s top scorer this season is Kieffer Moore with 13 league one goals in 21 appearances including three as substitute. Unfortunately Moore was on loan and has since joined Barnsley in the Championship. However, losing Moore in late December didn't stop the winning run they were on and fellow striker David Ball took the initiative with three consecutive league goals around the time Moore left. Other dangers include Joe Newell who has chipped in seven league goals and six assists this season and Will Vaulks whose scored six league goals and supplied four assists. Part of the problem with playing a team like Rotherham is that they have a generous sprinkling of good attacking players who can hurt a team and they added to that sprinkling with the loan signing of Michael Smith from Bury in January. Smith has scored six times in 18 league starts and also has three assists, no mean feat coming into a team that was in great form and making an impact.

Goals

Aside from Blackburn and Wigan, Rotherham are the highest goalscorers in the division with 73 goals scored this season. The Millers score well throughout the game but their best period is in the second fifteen minutes of games with 15 scored although they also finish well with thirteen goals scored in the last fifteen minutes. We're pretty even when it comes to not scoring with the Town failing to score on eight occasions and Rotherham failing to score just seven times.

At the back

The Millers are the 7th best defence in League One whilst we were second having conceded 39 compared to Rotherham's 53. Over the season we've kept a similar amount of clean sheets with Shrewsbury shading it with 16 from 46 whilst Rotherham have managed 15 from 46. Our clean sheets have mostly come from home games with eleven at home and five away. Rotherham have kept things pretty even with eight clean sheets at home and seven away.  Twelve of their clean sheets have been achieved with on loan Fulham Keeper Marek Rodak between the sticks and it was the Slovakian keeper who kept a clean sheet in their second play-off game against Scunthorpe.

Squad News

Town are without Abu Ogogo and Junior Brown who have long-standing injuries.

Rotherham’s Jamie Proctor (knee) and Darren Potter (Achilles) will miss out.

Referee - Robert Jones from Merseyside. Games this season: 44. Yellow cards: 129. Red cards: 8.

Assistants - Neil Davies and Dan Robathan
Fourth Official - Scott Duncan

Summary

I feel quietly confident about our chances, we were the better team when it comes to points scored and I think we can do no better than replicate the two play-off semi finals. Maybe I'm getting a bit carried away but I thought that those two 1-0 wins showed all of our strengths. We controlled the game for large portions, we kept a clean sheet because everybody did their jobs and got in the faces of the opposition. I'm really hoping that the supporters can follow suit and make enough noise to get in the Millers faces because they look to be bringing a few more and we saw the impact a noisy support had at Wembley a few weeks ago.  I loved the noise we all made at the Meadow against Charlton, it seemed like everyone was making as much noise as they could and it looked to translate as confidence on the pitch. The noise as Carlton Morris slotted the ball home was the best I've heard at the Montgomery Waters Meadow and I'd love to hear it again on Sunday. So bring the noise of Shropshire to Wembley and be LOUD AND PROUD!!!

COYB

Marcus.

 

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Match Reports

REPORT: Town 1 Rotherham United 2

27 May 2018

Two goals from Richard Wood means it's heartbreak for Town at Wembl

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Carlton Morris (Lenell John-Lewis, 65), James Bolton (Joe Riley, 73), Bryn Morris (Stefan Payne, 55), Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala and Alex Rodman.

Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Joe Riley, Max Lowe, Junior Brown, Lenell John-Lewis, Sam Jones and Stefan Payne.

Rotherham: Marek Rodak, Josh Emmanuel, Joe Mattock, Will Vaulks, Semi Ajayi, Richard Wood, David Ball (Caolan Lavery, 70), Jon Taylor (Ryan Williams, 75), Richie Towell, Joe Newell (Anthony Forde, 110) and Micheal Smith.

Subs: Lewis Price, Anthony Forde, Matt Palmer, Ben Purrington, Ryan Williams, Shaun Cummings and Caolan Lavery.

Refreree: Rob Jones

Assistants: Neil Davies and Dan Robathan

Fourth Oficcial: Scott Duncan

Attendance: 26,218

Team News: Town start an unchanged line up from the games against Charlton Athletic in the Semi Finals. Junior Brown makes his long awaited return to the match day squad after a lengthy spell out injured; the defender will start on the bench. Town old boy Jon Taylor starts for The Millers.

It wasn’t to be this time around at Wembley for Shrewsbury. Alex Rodman’s second half equaliser wasn’t enough to spur Town onto a victory. A late second goal from The Millers captain Richard Wood ensured Rotherham were the victors in the Play-Off Final as Town lost the game 2-1 in extra time.

First half:

The game got underway with both teams pressuring each teams back four. Early on in the half Omar Beckles brought down Richard Wood in the box as Rotherham delivered in a corner. Referee Rob Jones awarded The Millers a penalty but Dean Henderson ensured Rotherham didn’t take the lead by saving David Ball’s spot kick.

Town’s pressure was forcing chances for Hurst’s men but the Shrews couldn’t find the back of the net. Shaun Whalley was looking bright on the right wing and firing crosses into the box. A cross in the 22nd minute narrowly missed on coming Alex Rodman’s head and the ball went out for a Rotherham goal kick.

At the other end Rotherham were also having chances but Town’s defence was remaining sealed shut. Henderson was being a real presence in the box claiming the swung in crosses from The Millers wingers.

Whalley was given a yellow card for a challenge on Millers defender Joe Mattock in the 28th minute.

Some tidy wing play by Jon Nolan earned Town a chance after a period of good pressure from the Shrews. Carlton Morris met Nolan’s delivery but the striker couldn’t find the target with his header amidst pressure from Richard Wood.

Up the other end Rotherham broke on the counter and earned their side a corner. The Millers captain Wood, rose above the pack and nodded home the goal that broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute, giving Rotherham the lead.

Frustrations were starting to show as James Bolton was given a yellow card for a late challenge on Joe Newell.

Town went into the break at half time a goal down to Rotherham United.

Second half:

Town came out from the break with intent. Straight off the bat Carlton Morris was driving the ball forward into the danger area but couldn’t find a Town boot with his driven cross and the ball zipped out for a goal kick.

Town’s next real chance came with 10 minutes of the half gone, with a free kick awarded on the edge of the box. A clever set piece passing move around the Millers defenders saw the ball fall to Rodman in the six yard box and the winger tucked home the ball past Marek Rodak, giving Town the equaliser.

A good spell of play from Rotherham saw the Millers create a chance through Will Vaulks. The player let a driven shot go from outside of the box but Henderson got down well and parried away the ball.

Lenell John-Lewis was the next player to come close to causing a problem for Rodak. The striker intercepted a poor pass from The Millers defender but he lashed the ball just wide of the post.

Town and Rotherham were battling back and forth trying to trouble each teams defence. Henderson made an incredible one on one save to deny the Millers, then Whalley came close at the other end but Rodak managed to get a hand on the low shot.

Henderson kept Town in the game during injury time. The keeper made a great save, leaping onto the other side of the goal to deny Ryan Williams’ powerful shot, keeping the scores level.

The regular 90 minutes ended 1-1 and extra time was required.

Extra time:

Mat Sadler was given a yellow card for a challenge on Rotherham number 23 Williams.

Rotherham got in on goal in the first half of extra time. Wood got on the end of a lifted ball and curled the ball into the corner of the net, giving The Millers the lead.

The game ended 2-1 to Rotherham as The Millers kept possession well and limited any chances for Town. Town once again suffered Wembley heartbreak but the players and staff can be proud of their efforts over the course of a long season.

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Wembley Spectator Information Guide

26 May 2018

Important information for Town fans when they get to Wembley Stadium

Supporters are strongly advised to arrive at Wembley Stadium no later than 1 hour prior to kick-off.

Supporters are encouraged to not bring any bags with them, all bags will be searched regardless of size.

There will be a 100 % bag and pat down search policy in operation with no exceptions, so arrive in good time so as not to miss kick-off.

The game is on the Bank holiday weekend so leave plenty of travel time to make sure you get to Wembley in good time.

SHREWSBURY TOWN FANZONE

We have been allocated the Arena Square fanzone which is open 10am until 2pm.

SHREWSBURY TOWN PUBLIC HOUSES

The following pubs have been designated as Shrewsbury Town pubs for the day.

The Torch (1 - 5 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB),  Crock of Gold (23 Bridge Road, Wembley, HA9 9AB), Watkins Folly (1 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0EW), Blue Check Café (12 - 13 Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RQ), The Parish (120 Wembley Park Drive, Wembley, HA9 8HP), Sports Bar Double 6 (125 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG), The Wembley Tavern (121 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HG), Flyers Last Stand  (45 Blackbird Hill, NW9 8RS), Premier Inn (151 Wembley Park Drive, HA9 8HQ), Hilton Hotel (Lakeside Way, HA9 OBU), Novotel (Olympic Way HA9 ONP), International Hotel (McDermott House, Empire Way, HA9 ONH)

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Anyone planning to take a drum (or other instrument) please contact our Safety Office Lawrence Ellerby <Lawrence.Ellerby@shrewsburytown.co.uk> no later than Thursday lunchtime with the information required by Wembley i.e. picture, ticket details, dimensions etc.  He will be able to liaise with Wembley for the required permissions.

No horns of any type, air horns, vuvuzelas etc will be allowed in the stadium.

INFLATABLES

Inflatables allowed but will be confiscated if they go pitchside or are considered inappropriate 

DRINKS

ALL drinks (not just alcohol) will be decanted both on entry and in the ground so no bottles, flasks etc of any sort allowed into Wembley and will be confiscated on entry.

DRINKING WATER

With Sunday forecast to be a very warm day Wembley would like us to make this point clear.

Wembley do have free drinking water points all the way round the concourse on all levels and they give tap water free of charge from any bar if requested.

FLAGS

Please check Wembley Stadium’s flag policy below to see whether you will need to request permission.

https://help.wembleystadium.com/support/solutions/articles/7000028401-are-flags-and-banners-allowed-into-the-stadium-

- applications must be received before midday on Thursday 24th May”

If you are planning to take a flag please submit a question on Wembley's portal for all flag requests.  Their guest services team will get back you.

https://help.wembleystadium.com/support/solutions/articles/7000028401-are-flags-and-banners-allowed-into-the-stadium-

SALES ON THE DAY

Wembley and the EFL have confirmed that Town fans can pay on the day at Wembley from the East Ticket office.

 

 

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