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Rochdale Match Preview

16 August 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to Saturday's game at home to Rochdale

This weekend sees Sam Ricketts squad still in transition with a number of injuries and the transfer of four players in the second half of the week. Opponents Rochdale are currently in the play-off positions after a 3-2 away win at Tranmere followed by a 1-1 draw at home to Doncaster Rovers. They also thumped crisis club Bolton 5-2 in the Carabao League Cup on Tuesday night meaning that they're unbeaten as they visit Montgomery Waters Meadow.

I popped to the Rochdale official YouTube page to see their highlights from the season so far and going forward they looked pretty decent. The Bolton game saw some excellent goals scored by Rochdale but at the same time they conceded twice against a team that had yet to score this season. Against Tranmere there was an extremely canny lob and a little lax defending from Micky Mellon's League One new boys to let Dale in. However, they did also concede twice toward the end, the sort of slack, complacent goals that teams with good leads tend to concede. Their game with Doncaster Rovers looked pretty even with Dale taking the lead and almost getting a clean sheet until Doncaster's Kieran Sadlier rose highest to head home a late Doncaster corner in the 90th minute.

Dale have come very close to a clean sheet twice this season and clean sheets may well be particularly important to manager Brian Barry-Murphy. Dale had the worst goal difference of any team in the division last season and Barry-Murphy made pre-season moves to improve that area, bringing in defenders, Eoghan O'Connell (bury), Tyler Magloire (Blackburn loan) and Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United, loan).

Referee

Ben Toner from Lancashire. Toner has been a football league referee since the 2014/15 season but his first full term was the following one. The 2015/16 season saw him in charge at Montgomery Waters for the first time when we played Rochdale, winning 2-0 with goals from Shaun Whalley and Nat Knight-Percival. The following season he took charge at the Meadow three times and we won all three. The next season he was in charge when Plymouth won 1-2 at the Meadow and when we won away at Oldham. Last season he was in charge of our home game against Salford in the F.A. Cup and that's the last time we saw him. In all those games he's never sent a Shrewsbury Town player off, which is one of those annoying stats that always seem to get broken when I mention them.

 Pre-match press

Brian Barry-Murphy has suggested that we may be one of the “big hitters in League One”, this season because of the experienced players in the squad. He also praised Rochdale midfielder Callum Camps after he scored two good goals on Tuesday night against Bolton Wanderers; he'll definitely a player we should be aware of.

Sam has been busy negotiation the signing of new players but he's also talked about some of the unfortunate injuries the squad has been experiencing recently and how that may impact the team.

Squad News

Ro-Shaun Williams (hamstring), Ollie Norburn (knee and ankle) and Josh Laurent (quad) will all miss out, new signings Sean Goss and Louis Thompson will be eligible for tomorrow’s game.

Rochdale has Jimmy Ryan serving the last game of a suspension but have no new injury worries.

Summary

Rochdale has looked pretty good going forward so far this season and look able to play a quick, attractive, passing game at times. Defensively they look pretty good too for the most part but they have conceded a couple from crosses which may be good news for Steve Morison. Things haven't quite gone according to plan since we won on the opening day of the season and a big performance from whoever is selected would be rather handy right now. I wonder whether we may see the two new signings appear from the bench rather than starting but they've both been through pre-season at their previous clubs and should have the fitness levels required, should they be called upon.

I said we could win on Tuesday and was proved wrong in a couple of mad minutes so I'm shying away from any similar boldness this weekend. I'd like to see us maintain the defensive standard we set ourselves in the first two games; yes we conceded last weekend but it wasn't really a product of the system, more a genuine attempt to head the ball out that didn't quite work. We do have injuries in the back line but Omar Beckles looked good enough when called upon to cover. We also have other key players missing but that just gives the rest of the team the opportunity to make a key contribution themselves.

COYB!!!

Marcus

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury Town 0 Rochdale 0

17 August 2019

An open game with chances for both sides but in the end a point a piece

A goalless first half for Town, however we saw new signing Sean Goss make the starting 11 whilst Louis Thompson makes the bench.

Town and Rochdale have had many chances throughout the first-half, however no-one has managed to find a breakthrough goal yet.

Dale’s first chance come within the first five minutes after Oliver Rathbone sweetly struck a long-range effort but found it flying over Max O’Leary’s net.

Town’s luck changed after Shaun Whalley began chasing down and putting pressure on Robert Sanchez as he fires the ball at Whalley but unfortunately found it flying out for a goal kick.

Shortly after, Town look to play some lovely football after switching play from Whalley to Luke McCormick and then over to Ryan Giles. Giles puts a low cross in from the left-wing that looks like its heading towards Steve Morison, but Dale’s defence manages to clear it but only for a corner. Giles whips the corner in backpost to Omar Beckles who sets up Ethan Ebanks-Landell with a great head, but Sanchez manages to push it over the bar for another Town corner.

Giles is having so much time and fun down the left-hand side. He breaks down the left and sets Whalley up who plays a low cross in the box and looks as if it’s heading towards Steve Morison, but the Dale defence manages to pinch and win it.

Aaron Pierre looks strong and wants to attack this game. He was heading through the middle of the park as Callum Camps brought him down mid-way between the centre circle and 18-yard box. Luke McCormick steps up and takes the free-kick but it is cleared by Rathbone who sprints towards the opposite end, taking it past McCormick but the shot isn’t great and is denied by O’Leary.

Giles hits a strike, but it is deflected, and it lands at McCormicks’ feet just inside the 18-yard box who smashes a volley, however it is blocked again. Town are having chances but are struggling to find the goal.

The last ten minutes of the first-half Town looked to end strong and pile on the pressure looking for that goal. With some great play, long balls and switches of play.

Whalley is looking sharp and eager upfront. He performs a great run by the by-line but is stopped in his tracks and manages to win a corner. Whalley takes a short, quick corner to McCormick on the edge of the box, but his shot is deflected. Morison has a chance in the scramble, but Sanchez saves which falls for Whalley on the half-volley but is again, deflected out for a corner.

A long ball out to Giles and he does well to keep the ball in with his touch. He produces another good delivery to the back post as Morison is there to have a chance, but Sanchez is there to keep it out.

Half-time is approaching and Town continues to apply pressure with Love making a great run down the right-wing and manages to cross the ball along the floor however it is bounced back out by Dale’s defence which causes a misplaced pass and goes out for a Town corner.

Giles steps up to take the corner but turns it into a short, quick pass to Whalley who drives into the box. There is also some great link-up play between Whalley and Love down the right-wing and as Edwards tries to join in, he is bought down. Sean Goss steps up to whip the free-kick in, which goes back post to Morison who sets up Pierre with a spectacular bicycle kick, however it just falls wide of Sanchez’s goal.

Half-time Town 0 – 0 Dale

Town come out in the second half looking strong and applying pressure just like they did before the break.

Captain fantastic, Edwards attempts to make a cross down the ring-wing but is blocked and out for a corner. Donald Love steps up, whips it in but is headed out by Ian Henderson as it looked to be going front post.

There were some great battling going on throughout the second half but once again neither team could find the net.

There were many chances from both teams and both teams eager to get the first goal. With impacts from new signings, Goss and Louis Thompson. Town’s midfield look strong and play the ball well through the middle, out from the back and with switches of play.

Fejiri Okenabirhie comes on and instantly makes an impact. He is quickly bought down by Rathbone and he receives a yellow for it. Goss steps up to take the free-kick and its hit deep towards Sanchez’s back post, but it is just shy of the goal and goes out for a free kick.

Omar Beckles mistimed his touch and allowed Rathbone to pinch the ball and break leaving him just outside the 18-yard-box. Love steps in and brings him down on the edge of the box. Camps steps up to take the free-kick but he smashes it straight at O’Leary’s hand but the ball then lands at Rathbone’s feet as he attempts to hit it on the volley but it flies over O’Leary’s goal.

With five minutes to go, Dale had a huge chance as Camps looks to head to ball over the bar from less than 6-yards out however the linesman flags for offside. This gives Dale hope that they can go from this and find a goal.

With three minutes to go, Town find themselves a goal down as Dale have found the back of the net. But the referee isn’t happy as he speaks to the linesman and offside is given. More hope for Town as the score stays equal. Henderson was on the line and looked like he touched the ball which is why it was given offside.

Town look to go again and put in a solid performance Tuesday night away at Accrington Stanley and come away with three points.

 

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Ticket News

Rochdale Ticket News

14 August 2019

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game with Rochdale

Shrewsbury Town v Rochdale
Saturday 17th August – 3 pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our home game with Rochdale.

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 2019/20 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 2019/20 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 the 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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