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Blackburn Rovers Preview

22 September 2017

Marcus Braddock previews Saturday's big game

Last week saw two massive results for Town, two wins where we had to really scrap for the points. Now we have a higher profile game against one time Premier League winners Blackburn Rovers. I really cant believe it was so long ago that they won it, it feels like just a few years back but it was actually the 1994/5 season. Whenever it was it's something to be proud of, as are their first division champion wins in 1911/12 and 1913/14 and their six F.A. Cup wins between 1884 and 1928. This is a proud old football club we're entertaining this weekend and one that is currently brushing home teams aside. Apart from an away defeat at Southend on the first day of the season, Blackburn have won all of their away games in League One and in the cup. They've only conceded once in those four games and have scored eight times.

The Manager

Tony Mowbray has been in the game for a long time and has been in charge of at least one truly massive club in Celtic. He's also been in charge at Middlesbrough, West Brom, Hibs. Coventry City, Ipswich and now Blackburn so a few big clubs in his resume too. He's tasted success as a manager, taking West Broom to the Premier League, won the Scottish Sportswriters manager of the year in 2004-2005 and also took the League Managers Association manager of the year in 2007-2008.

Top Scorer

Dominic Samuel 4
Charlie Mulgrew 3

Marcus Antonsson 2

Top Assists

Elliott Bennett 2
Elliott Ward 2

Clean Sheets

0 at home 3 in away games.

Goal Distribution

Blackburn have only conceded twice in the league away, both against Southend and both scored in the first half. The interesting stat this week is that of Rovers 6 goals in away games, four were scored just after half time so we need to start the second half well.

Referee

David Webb from Lancashire. Games this season: 11. Yellow card average: 2.73. Red card average: 0.
Assistants: Mark Dwyer and Daniel Leach.

Fourth Official: James Bell.

Squad News

Tony Mowbray will be without midfielders Rekeem Harper and Craig Conway. Defenders Scott Wharton and Ryan Nyambe and Darragh Lenihan are also injured.

Bryn Morris is on the road to recovery but it's a bit early for him yet.

Prediction

You'll have to forgive me for continuously going for a 2-2 draw but it's become a bit of a superstition, I did it for all of the home pre-season games and all of our league games too so I'm not changing until it stops “working”. This is going to be a difficult afternoon and one that we should all be up for. The best team in the division so far and a recently fallen giant with a squad full of experience and ability. But we have our own combination of hard work and tenacity that has worked out well so far too. I would be happy enough with the draw actually, if it means keeping our unbeaten record going. This team may well be setting its sights a bit higher than me though.

Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

COYB!!!

Marcus

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Match Reports

Town 1 Blackburn Rovers 1

23 September 2017

Town settle for a point against Rove

Town: Dean Henderson, Ben Godfrey (Ebou Adams 90+1), Mat Sadler, Shaun Whalley (Louis Dodds 90+5), Abu Ogogo ©, Junior Brown, James Bolton, Jon Nolan, Aristote Nsiala, Alex Rodman, Stefan Payne (Carlton Morris 85)
Subs: Craig MacGillivray, Omar Beckles, Carlton Morris, Louis Dodds, Arthur Gnahoua, Lenell John-Lewis, Ebou Adams

Blackburn Rovers: David Raya, Derrick Williams, Richie Smallwood, Dominic Samuel, Danny Graham (Marcus Antonsson 71), Charlie Mulgrew ©, Elliott Ward, Paul Caddis, Bradley Dack, Corry Evans (Peter Whittingham 71), Elliott Bennett (Harry Chapman 71)
Subs: Jayson Leutwiler, Sam Hart, Harry Chapman, Peter Whittingham, Marcus Antonsson, Paul Downing, Lewis Travis

Referee: David Webb
Assistants: Mark Dwyer and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: James Bell
Attendance: 8202 (1619)

Shrewsbury Town extended their unbeaten run to nine games and maintained their position at the top of the League One table thanks to a 1-1 draw against Blackburn. Town appeared to be heading for their eighth win of the season when Toto Nsiala bundled the ball home on 57 minutes, but Bradley Dack struck five minutes before the end as Town had to settle for a point.

Team News:
Paul Hurst makes one change from the side which beat Oldham Athletic last weekend. Joe Riley, who only recently returned to the team from a long term injury drops out with James Bolton coming back in after recovering from a knee injury. The rest of the 18 stays the same.

First Half:
Blackburn started the game on the front-foot and after forcing a couple of early corners, they went close to opening the scoring when Dominic Samuel was all alone 10 yards out, but his header went just wide of Dean Henderson’s left-hand post.

Town’s best work in the opening 10 minutes came down the right-hand side, with Shaun Whalley getting the better of his man on a couple of occasions. On one occasion, his cross which was only cleared as far as Abu Ogogo whose shot was blocked by a Rovers defender and Ben Godfrey skied the follow-up over the bar.

There was little to really talk about in the opening 25 minutes, although Blackburn did almost score an own goal from the most innocuous of crosses. Abu Ogogo had been set free down the right and swung a ball into an empty penalty area, but some miscommunication between Rovers ‘keeper David Raya and Elliott Ward almost led to the latter passing the ball into his own goal.

Town had grown into the game and they came close to taking the lead on the half-hour mark. David Raya attempted to punch Shaun Whalley’s corner, but his punch went straight into the air and Stefan Payne rose highest to try and head home. Payne’s header cannoned off the crossbar and Blacknburn managed to scramble the ball to safety.

At the other end Richie Smallwood headed wide after a good run and cross from Bradley Dack. Smallwood was off balance when he made the headed connection and the ball was watched behind by Dean Henderson.

Just a minute before half-time Shaun Whalley went close from distance. Stefan Payne had won a free-kick on the left edge of the box, which Whalley took. The initial cross was cleared, but only as far as Whalley who dropped his shoulder before unleashing a powerful effort which went a yard over Raya’s bar.

Half Time: 0-0

Second Half:
Much like the first-half it was Rovers who appeared to come out of the blocks a bit quicker and after a sustained spell of possession in the Town half, Derrick Williams went close when he unleashed a powerful drive from 30 yards which went inches wide of the left-hand upright.

However, Town managed to weather the storm and 12 minutes into the half the home side took the lead. A Shaun Whalley free-kick was only half-cleared and when Alex Rodman chipped it back in it caused mayhem in the Rovers box. Ben Godfrey won the first header and then a combination of Stefan Payne and Toto Nsiala manage to bundle the ball home with Nsiala getting the final touch.

Rovers were by no means out of this one and they continued to look dangerous when they came forward with pace. James Bolton had to be alert to clear well at the back-post and Toto Nsiala then made a last ditch block to keep out an Elliott Bennett shot.

With just over 20 minutes to go Town produced the best move of the match. Stefan Payne’s exquisite touch sent Jon Nolan through the middle. Nolan then returned the favour with a perfectly weighted through ball into the path of Payne who cut back onto his right foot, but his shot was well saved by Raya – low to his left.

With Town starting to get on top, Tony Mowbray decided it was time for action and he made a triple change on 71 minutes with Marcus Antonsson, Harry Chapman and Peter Whittingham all coming on for the visitors.

Two of the substitutes almost combined to produce an equaliser when Whittingham delivered a lovely left-footed which Chapman met, but his header was straight at Henderson – a yard either side would likely have produced a goal.

Town continued to look dangerous on the break with Alex Rodman having a shot well blocked, but it was the visitors who would find the next goal against the run of play when they broke well down the right. Paul Caddis fed Harry Chapman who managed to get to the by-line and pull back a cross, which Town were unable to clear and Bradley Dack was on-hand to fire home from six yards.

Following the goal, Town made their first change of the game with Carlton Morris coming on for Stefan Payne. The change almost produced a goal straight away when Morris’s cross was headed into the path of Abu Ogogo, but his volley lacked power and was easily saved by Raya.

The fourth official indicated there would be five additional minutes and in the first of those minutes Town brought on Ebou Adams for Ben Godfrey, who was struggling with cramp.

Town continued to push forward, looking for a winner, but their best chance came when Alex Rodman blazed well wide after cutting in from the left and they had to settle for a point.

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Ticket News

Blackburn Rovers Tickets

23 September 2017

Ticket details for our game at home to Blackburn

Shrewsbury Town v Blackburn Rovers
Saturday 23rd September – 3:00pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Blackburn Rovers.

Over 7,500 tickets sold already for the game, limited availability in Block 6, Block 15, Block 16 & Block 17.

Blackburn Rovers have now sold out their allocation of tickets for the game so this means new online registration for tickets have been suspended.

Online sales are available for supporters who are already registered on the system and have a previous purchase history.

If you are a Shrewsbury Town fan who isn’t registered on the system please contact to the ticket office in person or over the phone and they will be able to assist.

This game is valid for Season Ticket holders and they can turn up on the day and scan their card for stadium entry. 

Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

Ticket prices for a 2017/18 Sky Bet League One fixture can be found here

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 be printed at home and scanned for stadium entry.

Supporters can get tickets via the popular FlexiTicket or you can use the new FanCard to save money on every home league game.

If you are interested in coming as a youth group then we provide free tickets for groups of up to 25 people - for more details click here

There are several options for the game if you would like to sample our matchday hospitality, you can see this here - Matchday Hospitality - or contact out Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

If you can't make it to the game you cn 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.

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