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Rotherham United Match Preview

25 December 2019

Marcus Braddock looks a head to the Boxing Day visit of Rotherham United

These years, the fixture list has us at home to Rotherham on Boxing Day, a team we've already played twice this season already. In our first encounter since the Millers relegation from the Championship, they scored twice in the first three minutes and killed the game off in the 45th minute with a third. The game ended 0-4, knocking us out of the EFL Cup. We played them again five weeks later and showed enough improvement to take a hard-earned point from a 0-0, can we go one better and win our third game on the bounce in League One?

Rotherham United sit just a point ahead of us in 8th position, but haven't won in their last four League One games. Their last win in any competition was four games ago in the F.A. Cup when they broke Solihull hearts with four late goals to win the game 4-3. Their last win in League One was November 23rd when they beat Milton Keynes 3-2 away. Away wins feature more heavily for Rotherham than for all but one other club in the division with an impressive six wins on the road and just three defeats from eleven games. This means that they have a +5 goal difference from away games to add to their +6 at home.

Their last two games have both ended as 2-2 draws, one at Southend and one at home to Fleetwood and given their injury and illness count, the Millers did very well to get something from the game. That hints at a strong squad that will test us, whoever they field.

Top Scorers

Freddie Ladapo 9 (3)
Matt Crooks 7 (2)
Michael Smith 4 (2)

Assists

Matthew Olosunde 3
Ben Wiles 3

Clean Sheets

Three at home and three away.

Stats

Rotherham concede 42% of their away goals at the beginning of the first or second half.

The Millers have scored 62% of their goals in the second half and have scored eight times in the last half an hour of away games.

They've only failed to score once on the road this season, in their 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers back in September.

Referee

Marc Edwards from Tyne and Wear. Games this season: 16. Yellow Cards: 38. Red cards: 1.

Summary

This is another tough one against one of the best away teams in League One and as good as we have been defensively, we'll have to be at our best to get the result we want. The Millers have had a bit of a tough time with player availability recently, a bug has been going around the Rotherham squad but there is no news yet on whether it's claimed, further victims. Things for us have been going rather nicely, so we should take some confidence into this one and hopefully add a point or three to the total.

Merry Christmas and COYB!!!

Marcus

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury Town 1 Rotherham United 2

26 December 2019

Late, late injury time winner gives Rotherham the points

Town: Max O'Leary, Aaron Pierre, Scott Golbourne, Dave Edwards (c) (Ryan Giles 78, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley, Fejiri Okenabirhie (Daniel Udoh 67), Brad Walker, Donald Love (Ro-Shaun Williams 86), Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Josh Laurent

Subs: Joe Murphy, Ousmane Fane, Sean Goss, Jason Cummings

Rotherham United: Daniel Iversen, Joe Mattock (Richard Wood 90), Adam Thompson, Freddie Ladapo, Dan Barlaser, Carlton Morris (Michael Smith 85), Clark Robertson, Matt Crooks, Chiedozie Ogbene (Kyle Vassell 82), Michael Ihiekwe (c), Matt Olosunde

Subs: Lewis Price, Jamie Lindsay, Trevor Clarke, Jake Hastie

Referee – Marc Edwards
Assistant Referees – Andrew Dallison and Ravel Cheosiaua
Fourth Official – Steven Plane

Sam Ricketts sticks with the same side that started in the 1-0 win away to Blackpool on Saturday. Ollie Norburn is missing again, this time with a slight bug he picked up.

It was a frantic opening to the game with both sides looking to get forward quickly and put the pressure on.

Town won a free kick in a good area on 7 minutes after Whalley was fouled by Mattock deep in the Millers half. Whalley took the kick, but it was cleared by the head of a Millers defender, the ball went to wide for Whalley and Ladapo to challenge, it looked like a foul on Whalley, but the ref saw nothing wrong, Ladapo drove forward, but the Town defence did its job.

Rotherham had a good chance moments later, the corner was swung in and dropped to Morris in the 6-yard box, he spun and shot, but it hit the post, O'Leary was then alert to palm the rebound away from danger.

The visitors were still looking bright on the ball and dangerous in possession, there was a worrying moment on 25 minutes when Ladapo and Beckles challenged for the ball in the Town box, Ladapo went down, but ref Edwards saw it was a foul on Omar.

Brad Walker was having another good game in the heart of the Town midfield, the ball came to him just after the half-hour mark, he showed good movement to turn past his marker and give him the space to drive forward, he then saw the run of Golbourne down the left and found him with a lovely pass, Golbourne drove in an early ball, but a Millers foot was there to cut it out.

Rotherham had a good sight of goal on 35-minutes from a free-kick, the ball was swung high into the Town box, and Carlton Morris rose tallest, he put a downward header in on goal, but O'Leary was equal to it and collected the ball.

Town were playing some good football, and another quick ball to the left found Golbourne, he drove forward and then played it into Walker, he did a lovely flick to put Edwards away in the Millers box, he dinked a ball across the face of goal that came to Love at the back post, he smashed a shot in but it was blocked for a corner.

With half-time approaching Town were putting the pressure on the Millers goal with a series of set-pieces, the first after Whalley was fouled, he swung the ball in but it resulted in another free-kick on the other side after Golbourne was fouled. This one came in and caused problems in the box, but it was cleared for another Town corner.

Half-time: 0-0

Rotherham had a good chance in the opening exchanges of the half, the ball was swung into the Town box from a corner, it dropped in the box, and a low shot from Crooks came in, but O'Leary was down quickly to save.

The visitors had started the half with a high tempo and created another good opening moments later, the ball was whipped into the back post and Crooks got to it, he hooked it back across the face of goal, but no one was there with the final touch.

The atmosphere racked up a few notches after a couple of decisions from the ref, first a shout from Ladapo for a penalty which was waved away, and then a foul against Whalley that looked a little soft. Rotherham were trying to put the pressure on, but Town countered with Whalley, he nicked the ball past Ogbene and was away on goal, Okenabirhie was free in space on the other side, but Whalley's attempted ball was cruelly cut out at the last minute.

It was the visitors who took the lead on 59 minutes after putting the pressure on the Town goal. They had a string of corners, and then the ball was headed back across goal to find Mattock at the back post, and his header had just enough power to beat O'Leary.

Town were looking to get on level terms as soon as possible, and a lovely ball into the Millers box saw Edwards burst in, he looked to turn it home, but a Millers foot got in first to deny Edo.

Town were on level terms on 66-minutes, from a free-kick, after Walker had been stopped in his tracks by Thompson. Whalley floated the ball into the box, the attempted clearance found Golbourne on the left, he clipped the ball to the back post, and there was Pierre to loop a header in at the back post to make it 1-1.

Sam Ricketts made his first change on 67-minutes bringing on Dan Udoh to replace Fejiri Okenabirhie.

Town's picked up a booking for Love on 72-minutes, he challenged for the ball with Ogbene who went to ground, Love took exception to this and reacted angrily, and was booked for his troubles.

Udoh's fresh legs and a this was starting to stretch the visitors on the counter, the ball was cleared following a Millers attach, Udoh showed good strength to hold off his marker, he then held the ball up before playing a lovely ball to put Laurent into the box, he held it up and then played to Love, he whipped a cross in to find Edwards but his header was wide, but it didn't matter as the flag was raised.

Town were dangerous on the counter-attack, and when a Miller's attack was repelled the ball found Udoh bursting over the halfway line, he drove forward and played a lovely ball into the run of Giles, he powered into the box and fired a shot towards the back post, but Iverson was equal to it with a good save.

From the resulting corner, Town had another excellent chance, Rotherham failed to clear, and the ball dropped to Beckles at the back post, he smashed in a shot from a tight angle but got under the ball and fired his shot over.

In the closing parts of the game, Town made their two final substitutions, first bringing on Ryan Giles to replace Dave Edwards, and then Ro-Shaun Williams to replace Donald Love.

Both teams were still looking to win the game and the closing minutes saw chances for both as they went for the winner. Town were getting into good positions down the wings but couldn't get the final important touch.

But it was late drama with the Miller's grabbing a late, late winner in added time, it came from another corner, Town failed to clear, and there was Michael Smith to head the ball home and break the Salopian hearts.

Full-time: 1-2

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Ticket News

Rotherham United Ticket Details

22 December 2019

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game Rotherham United

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United
Thursday 26th December – 3 pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

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

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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