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Coventry City Match Preview

21 December 2018

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to the weekend'd visit

This weekend we welcome Coventry City for our final game at Montgomery Waters Meadow of 2018. The Sky Blues have had mixed fortunes so far this season with an indifferent start turning into a particularly good October but since Halloween things have become a little scary. In the eight games since then they've not won one in either league or cup and have only collected two points in their last six league games. They have managed to keep scoring in this difficult run with goals in four of their last six but they've also not scored more than once in a game in the same run of matches. Their current position is thirteenth, four places and four points above us meaning that if we can get a positive result this weekend, we'll be breathing down their necks on Boxing Day.  The consequences of defeat are obvious and although their form makes a home win seem more likely, Coventry have beaten Barnsley, drawn against Sunderland and won away at Charlton this season.

Top Scorers (league games)

Conor Chaplin 4
Jonson Clarke-Harris 4
Amadou Bakayoko 3
Jordy Hiwula 3

Assists

Conor Chaplin 2
Dujon Sterling 2
Luke Thomas 2

Old Friends

We face a Coventry City squad with no less than three ex-Town players. Both Abu Ogogo and Junior Brown left Montgomery Waters Meadow in the closed season but neither has walked into the Coventry team. Junior Brown started the season still rehabilitating from last seasons injury whilst Ogogo has made just five starts and four substitute appearances since signing for the Sky Blues. Jack Grimmer is also a Coventry player now after signing from Fulham in July of last year. Grimmer was successful on loan three times at the Meadow, so much so that he felt like one of our own. All three of the ex-Town players played for us with the sort of commitment that I like to see and in each case it was sad to see them go.

Referee - Trevor Kettle from Rutland. Games this season: 23. Yellow cards: 81. Red cards: 6.
Assistant Referees: Alix Pashley and Joe Clark
Fourth Official: Paul Hobday

Squad News

Sadly Shaun Whalley is out for a few weeks after picking up a hamstring shortly after recovering from a previous spell of injury.

Coventry striker Amadou Bakayoko is out for the next two months with a knee injury. Jodi Jones is out with a Knee injury.

Summary

From what I gather, Coventry has been playing a more defensive formation recently, particularly in away games. So we're going to have to work hard to break them down if they decide to keep it tight and try to score on the break. We might need to be a little patient because they've only conceded four times in the first half of away games but as the game progresses the chances of scoring increase with eleven goals conceded in the last half hour away from home. They score goals in a similar pattern with five scored in the first forty-five minutes of away games and seven scored in the final half an hour. So there is a chance that the game will build toward a crescendo of excitement that could be decided in the final minutes or seconds.

COYB!!!

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MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 1 Coventry City 0

22 December 2018

Town secure a 1-0 win against Coventry City.

Town: Steve Arnold, Ryan Haynes (Josh Emmanuel, 75,) Mat Sadler, Greg Docherty, Fejiri Okenabirhie (Ryan Sears, 87), James Bolton, Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Lenell John-Lewis, 79), Luke Waterfall, Josh Laurent, Ollie Norburn, Anthony Grant.

Subs: Joel Coleman, Josh Emmanuel, Lee Angol, Lenell John-Lewis, Alex Gilliead, Charlie Colkett, Ryan Sears.

Coventry:  Lee Burge, Jordan Willis, Liam Kelly, Conor Chaplin, Junior Brown (Zain Westbrooke, 90), Dominic Hyam, Abu Ogogo (Jordy Hiwula, 57), Dujon Sterling, Johnson Clark-Harris, Tom Bayliss, Luke Thomas (Reise Allassani, 88).

Subs: Jack Grimmer, Jordy Hiwula, Reise Allassani, Zain Westrbrooke, Jordan Shipley, Jordon Thompson, Corey Addai.

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Assistants:  Alix Pashley and Joe Clarke

Fourth official: Paul Hobday

Attendance: 8083 (1639)

The game came to an end with Town securing all three points after a deserved 1-0 win.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway got the goal for Town shortly after the second-half had resumed and Town battled to protect the lead.

Team News: Sam Ricketts introduced former Coventry City player Ryan Haynes into the starting line up for the afternoon of football. Omar Beckles was withdrawn from the match-day squad.

First Half:

The first 10 minutes of the half didn’t spark any real dangerous chances. Both sides were still looking to test the opposition. Town looked the better team and were retaining most of the possession.

Fejiri Okenabirhie was being a constant pain for the Sky Blues back line. The forward was utilising his pace and had the Coventry back line back tracking. Anthony Grant was also troubling the opposition with forward bursting runs.

Grant came agonisingly close to putting his team in the lead just after the 20-minute mark. The ball fell to Grant on the edge of the box, but saw his half-volleyed effort was well blocked by the Coventry defence.

Luke Waterfall was the next player to have a golden opportunity to put a goal on the score sheet. The defender latched onto a crossed ball and made a solid headed connection. A goal-line clearance was the only thing in the way of Town getting the advantage.

The half came to an end with scores level. Neither team were unable to break down the opposition to take the advantage going into the break.

 

Second Half:

A mistake from Ollie Norburn early on in the half nearly cost Town a goal. The midfielder picked up the ball in his own box, but Clarke-Harris was hot on his heels and snatched the ball away. Steve Arnold had to make a quick reaction save to deny the visitors a goal.

Just a minute later Town made the breakthrough up the other end of the pitch and grabbed the deserved goal. Greg Docherty floated in a great ball and Amadi-Holloway latched onto the cross at the back post and headed home the opening goal.

The Sky Blues were continually testing Town’s back four after conceding the goal. However, Mat Sadler was doing a good job of keeping his defence organised and calm under pressure.

Coventry did manage to put the ball in the back of the net in the 65th minute with a toe poke but the goal wouldn’t stand as Clarke-Harris was in an offside position.

The Sky Blues were doing well to pull themselves back into the game and were having a number of half-chances. The visitors were still looking to utilise pacey counter-attacks but didn’t look like causing too much danger.

Josh Laurent was given a yellow card with 10 minutes to go after throwing the ball away in frustration at the at the referee’s decision.

Norburn was also booked seconds later for a late challenge on the Sky Blues right-winger.

Town saw the game out and managed to secure all three points against today’s visitors Coventry City.

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Coventry City Ticket News

22 December 2018

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game with Coventry City

Shrewsbury Town v Coventry City
Saturday 22nd December – 3pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Coventry City.

If you are buying your ticket for the Coventry City game then don't forget our Home For The Holidays offer.  When you buy your Coventry ticket you can get your Fleetwood ticket for half price if purchased together, full details are here - Home for The Holidays

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

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

Supporters are encouraged to buy in advance if they can to help beat the queues on matchday.

Ticket prices for a 2018/19 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.

When buying online the following costs apply-

Print at Home = Free
Collect from STFC = Free
Standard post = £2.60
Special Delivery = £9.00
Add to FanCard = Free

U12s go free to every home SkyBet League One game during the 2018/19 season.

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

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 our Commercial team here - commercial@shrewsburytown.co.uk

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.

Travel - There are a number of matchday buses from around the county and buses from town centre, details here Matchday Travel Plan.  There a number of parking options in and around the stadium, these can be viewed here Matchday Parking Options.

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