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Rotherham United Match Preview

13 August 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to this evenings Carabao Cup tie with Rotherham United

Tonight, Shrewsbury Town take on Rotherham United in the Carabao Cup. When last we met, Shrewsbury and Rotherham played out the Play-Off final for a place in the Championship, with the Millers winning after extra time. Things didn't quite go according to plan in the Championship and they find themselves back as a bigger fish in the smaller pond of League One. Manager Paul Warne is still at the helm, which reflects an understanding of the difficulty of transitioning to the Championship.

Pre-season brought forth the usual raft of changes in personnel after relegation with midfielder Will Vaulks £2 million+ move to Cardiff and the £500,000 purchase of ex-Town loan striker Freddie Ladapo from Plymouth taking the pre-season headlines. Ladapo immediately repaid Rotherham's faith in him by scoring on his debut against Wimbledon. The Millers have also brought in another ex-Town loan Striker Carlton Morris but have seen ex-Town winger Jon Taylor leave at the end of his contract and sign for Doncaster.

Rotherham Form

So far it's been a mixed start to the season for the Millers. With a 2-1, opening day, away win at Wimbledon in League One followed by a 2-0 defeat in the Leasing.com Trophy (the new name for the Football League Trophy) to Manchester United. At the weekend, Rotherham's home fans had a difficult afternoon watching a 2-0 defeat by Lincoln at the New York Stadium, their 20th game in a row without a clean sheet.

Town Form

Our form has been equally mixed with the win at home to Portsmouth followed by a heart-breaking defeat in injury time at Milton Keynes. I thought we'd done more than enough to deserve at least a point but fate decided otherwise. There were a fair few positives from the game though, having lost Ro-Shaun Williams, Omar Beckles slotted in and looked the part as we handled what MK tried to throw at us. I also thought that using Shaun Whalley in what looked like a withdrawn forward position worked really well, particularly in the first half when he made a huge difference using his pace and desire to put pressure on MK's defence. It meant they weren't able to think about what to do with the ball because they were too busy trying to keep it from Shaun Whalley.

Whether we adopt that particular tweak to the formation at home remains to be seen but it did answer the question about how to use a winger in a system that doesn't really need them. Romaine Vincelot had another good game in midfield, winning most of the 50/50 balls and denying space to the MK midfield. It's interesting to see the different parts of the team working toward the same goal, which appears to be to snuffing out developing moves before they happen and trying to force our own. Obviously more goals are needed, we can all see that and the transfer window is still open, so I think the area will be addressed but it's good to see that we're not rushing into deals we may regret, just to get a body in.

Head to Head

I've already covered our most recent meeting but we also have a defeat in the Football League trophy in the 1990's to forget. We've played Rotherham 63 times over the years and we've won 28 of them, with the Millers winning 20. In all that time, neither Rotherham nor Town have scored more than four goals against the other in the league and only one team has scored more than four in cup competitions with the Millers winning 5-2 at Gay Meadow in January 1966 in the League Cup.

Referee

Anthony Backhouse from Cumbria is in his third season as a Football League Referee and officiated in the Conference before that. He was in charge at Montgomery Waters Meadow when Charlton beat us 3-0 last seasons and also when we drew 0-0 at home against AFC Wimbledon. The season before saw him at the Meadow again, this time for the 2-2 draw against Doncaster.

Press

The pre-match press has all the usual flattery with Paul Warne speaking of his admiration for Sam Ricketts being a “good, solid bloke” on the Millers official website. He's also mentioned wanting to replace the wingers that he lost in the closed season and change the formation, a red herring?

Sam Ricketts seems more focused on the game, with the usual sort of quotes about the benefits of progressing financially. He also mentioned that there were a couple of niggling injuries as well as Ro-Shaun Williams who came off injured at Milton Keynes.

Summary

So it's Rotherham, again! There was a season’s break from them but here we are again, this time in the league cup with at least two more games with them to come. I mean no disrespect to anyone connected with the club or the town but I'm tired of playing Rotherham, which is handy as I'm on holiday and will miss this one. They're probably equally tired of playing us too; Paul Warne even mentioned it in his pre-match comment comparing it to a league game given our frequent league meetings recently.

I like this competition; it's become an opportunity for clubs like us to get some national exposure and a little extra money earlier in the season. I think we can win tonight, Rotherham doesn’t look to have quite got used to League One again yet and it might be a good time to play them. Their lack of recent clean sheets is encouraging and hopefully, we can extend that run for them. However, they carry a potent threat that we know about in Freddie Ladapo and Carlton Morris and I'm reminded of how strikers often score against old clubs! Hopefully, our defence has enough know-how to keep them at bay and the rest of the team can push on and put us into the draw for the next round.

COYB!!!

Marcus Braddock

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury Town 0 Rotherham United 4

13 August 2019

A bad night at the office as Town lose in the Carabao Cup

Town: Joe Murphy, Omar Beckles, Luke Waterfall (Aaron Pierre 4), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Scott Golbourne (Shaun Whalley 46), Ryan Barnett, Brad Walker, Luke McCormick, James Rowland, Fejiri Okenabirhie, Steve Morison (c) (Ryan Giles 77)

Subs: Max O’Leary, Romain Vincelot, Donald Love, Kian Taylor

Rotherham United: Lewis Price, Richard Wood (c), Kyle Vassell, Ben Wiles (Jamie Lindsay 75), Freddie Ladapo (Shaun Macdonald 63), Daniel Barlaser, Carlton Morris (Michael Smith 6), Clark Robertson, Matt Crooks, Michael Ihiekwe, Matthew Olosunde

Subs: Daniel Iversen, Joe Mattock, Jamie Proctor,, Jake Cooper

Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistants: Wade Smith and Ollie Williams
Fourth Official: Andrew Dallison

Attendance: 2,830 (164 from Rotherham)

Sam Ricketts changes his side around a little for this Carabao Cup game with Rotherham United. Joe Murphy’s start his first competitive game for Town while there are also first starts for Omar Beckles, Luke Waterfall, Scott Golbourne, Ryan Barnett, Brad Walker and James Rowland.

Ro-Shaun Williams is missing with this hamstring problem, Josh Laurent with his muscle problem, Dan Udoh is still on the way back from a groin strain, Ollie Norburn, Lenell John-Lewis and Ryan Sears continue on their recoveries.

Rotherham grabbed an early lead with only a couple of minutes on the clock, a ball through the Town defence found Vassell, he turned his marker to make the space but Murphy was out quickly and slide in to tackle, the rebound dropped to Crooks who turns it home for 1-0.

The visitors grabbed a second minutes later, Waterfall and Morris challenge for the ball, both dropped to the ground looking hut but the ref waved play on and Vassal took the ball forward before driving in a low shot, Murphy was down quickly to block but the power of the shot just had enough to take the ball in for 2-0.

Luke Waterfall was hurt in the challenge with Morris and couldn’t carry on; he was quickly replaced by Aaron Pierre.

Town were starting to get into the game a little more with 15 minutes on the clock, a clearance found Rowland and he drove forward, he played a lovely ball into the run of McCormick, he continued driving forward before playing it wide to Golbourne, he whipped in a good first time cross but it was cut out for a Town corner.

Town were awarded a free kick on 25 minutes after Morison was fouled midway in the Millers half. The ball was delivered into the box and Beckles rose well to knock it down to Walker, he hit a decent low shot in but it was blocked, it came back to Rowland who was about to shoot but the ref blew up as a Millers player was down in the box.

Town were creating chances and after good work from Rowland saw him keep the ball well in he box, he played it to Okenabirhie who turned his marker and looked for options, he found Barnett at the back post who found the space to shoot but it was blocked.

Half-time: 0-3

The second half started with a change for Town with Shaun Whalley coming on to replace Scott Golbourne, with Town going to four at the back.

Town looked a bit more lively after the restart and the addition of Whalley alongside Morison and Okenabirhie saw Town creating a number of good openings.

Rotherham were still dangerous and when the ball came to Ladapo on the edge of the box he had the touch to find space, and then drive in a low shot but Murphy was down quickly to save.

Town were pressing well and looking to get at the visitors, first Walker tried his luck from long range but didn’t connect cleanly, then Rowland go the ball out wide, he cut inside and drove for goal, he road a couple of challenges before firing in a good looking shot but Price was in the right place to save.

Rotherham had a good chance on 62 minutes when Smith found himself in one goal with only Murphy to beat, but the Town keeper slid in quickly to block and then his defence cleared the danger.

Whalley was causing problems as normal, he received the ball out by the Rotherham corner flag, he had Olosunde close by, but Whalley turned him inside and out and then drove for goal, he hit a low ball across the face of goal and was then clattered by Olosunde but the ref was close by and didn’t see the penalty that Whalley was appealing for.

Town were still looking to create chances and when Ebanks-Landell got the ball he drove forward, he looked to see if the shot was on but elected to play the ball to McCormick on the edge of the box, he skipped past a challenge and shot but it was blocked.

Rotherham grabbed a fourth goal with just over 5 minutes of the game remaining, the visitors swung in a corner that Town failed to clear, it dropped to Wood in the Town box and he fired it home from close range.

Fejiri Okenabirhie had a good chance late on, he latched onto the ball and drove forward, he held off his markers to find the space to fire a low shot into the near post but Price had got his angle right and was there to block the effort.

Full-time: 0-4

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Ticket News

Rotherham United Carabao Cup Ticket Details

13 August 2019

Ticket details for Carabao Cup game home to Rotherham United

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
Tuesday 13th August – 7:45 pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Carabao Cup

Note: For this game supporters will not be able to add the game to their FanCard or Season Ticket Card, physical tickets will be printed or the 'Print At Home' option can be used.

Tickets are now on sale for our Carabao Cup home game with Rotherham United.

This game is not included for Season Ticket holders and they will need to purchase the game.
Match tickets are available before the day of the game and on the day of the match. 

The Assist Group (West) Stand is closed for this game at present.

There are special prices for the game -

Adults - £10
Concessions - £5
U12s - FREE

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.

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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