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Sunderland Match Preview

25 October 2019

Marcus Braddock previews the weekend's visit of Sunderland in the Sky Bet League One

This weekend, Shrewsbury Town welcome AFC Sunderland to the Montgomery Waters Meadow in Skybet League One. The Black Cats are in their second season in League One after relegation from the Championship at the end of the 2017/18 season. They started the season with a draw followed by three wins but have had a patchy set of results since then, losing three, drawing twice and winning three times in the league. The area in which they've found the least success this season has been in away games with just two wins from seven. In addition to that, Sunderland hadn't kept a clean sheet all season a record that cost manager Jack Ross his job. Phil Parkinson took the reins last week and the ex-Bradford and Bolton Manager hit the ground running with Sunderland's first clean sheet of the season beating Tranmere, 5-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Top Scorers
Chris Maguire 5
Lynden Gooch 4
Aiden McGeady 3

Assists
Chris Maguire 2
Aiden McGeady 2
Mark McNulty 2
Luke O'Nien 2

Head to Head

We've only played each-other eleven times and we've yet to record a victory over the Black Cats. Our best result against them is a draw and we've managed three of those, two 1-1's and a 0-0. Sunderland have beaten us seven times in the league but they haven't scored more than two against us in a game.

Referee

Jarred Gillet from Australia is in his first season in English football after a successful career at the highest level down under. The 32-year-old also has international experience and now wants to try his hand in England with the eventual goal of officiating in the Premier League. So far this season he's been in charge of eight games, has yet to show a red card and has a yellow card average of just under four per game.

Squad News

Charlie Wyke is out with an ankle injury, Lynden Gooch is also out with an ankle injury but Aiden McGeady is back from a suspension.

Town will be without Ethan Ebanks-Blake, Romaine Vincalot and Callum Lang. Daniel Udoh may also be missing.

Summary

This is going to be another difficult game with Sunderland suddenly firing in all cylinders under a new manager. One or two of my Town supporting pals have suggested that we're likely to be well beaten if both clubs play the way they did in their last games. They're not wrong and Sam Ricketts is more than aware that we have to do better to get anything against such a massive club. Defensively, we've been the better of the two protagonists by quite a way but Sunderland have a much better goal difference. It should be an interesting battle between the two but the weather may also be a factor with heavy rain forecast through most of Saturday. We've never beaten Sunderland and I have a sneaky feeling that we could just nick a win if we perform to our potential.

COYB!!!

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Match Reports

Shrewsbury Town 1 Sunderland 0

26 October 2019

Jason Cummings strike in the first half gives Town the 3 points

Shrewsbury Town - 25 Max O’Leary, 2 Aaron Pierre, 3 Scott Golbourne, 4 Dave Edwards (OFF 67), 5 Ro-Shaun Williams, 6 Omar Beckles, 7 Shaun Whalley (OFF 81), 8 Ollie Norburn ©, 17 Donald Love, 28 Josh Laurent, 35 Jason Cummings (OFF 57)

Subs - 10 Fejiri Okenabirhie (ON 57), 21 Louis Thompson (ON 67), 22 Sean Goss (ON 81)

Subs not used - 1 Joe Murphy, 15 Brad Walker, 18 Luke McCormick, 19 Ryan Barnett

Sunderland - 16 Lee Burge (OFF 45), 3 Joel Lynch, 4 Jordan Willis, 6 Max Power ©, 7 Chris Maguire, 13 Luke O’Neil, 14 Duncan Watmore (OFF 59), 18 George Dobson, 19 Aiden McGeady, 22 Will Grigg (OFF 81), 33 Denver Hume

Subs – 1 Jon McLaughlin (ON 45), 10 Mark McNulty (ON 59), 31 Benji Kimpioka (ON 81)

Subs not used - 2 Conor McLaughlin, 8 Dylan McGeouch, 12 Tom Flanagan, 23 Grant Leadbitter

Referee – Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referees – Daniel Leach and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth Official – Mark Dwyer

Attendance – 8117 (1610 Sunderland)

A Jason Cummings strike in the first half secured Town three points. Town caused Sunderland to come crashing back to Earth after their mid-week goal fest.

Three changes to Town’s side as Dan Udoh and Ryan Giles are both missing with knocks. Scott Golbourne, Shaun Whalley and Jason Cummings all start. Town’s bench is a little different as Luke McCormick, Ryan Barnett and Sean Goss are amongst the substitutes.

It was clear and obvious that The Black Cats wanted to continue their form after their mid-week five-nil win over Tranmere. Sunderland had their first chance inside the two-minute mark after captain Max Power played in Denver Hume down the left who crossed a ball into the feet of Duncan Watmore, but he could only hit it well over Max O’Leary’s net.

Town’s first chance of the game came shortly after. Shaun Whalley battled against Hume down the right to force a throw in. Donald Love found Ro-Shaun Williams who had time and space, however striker Will Grigg tracked back and bought Williams down. As Town set up for their free kick deep in Sunderland’s half, Whalley stepped over the ball. Whalley found Aaron Pierre at the back post, Pierre’s head was landing at the feet of Jason Cummings as he set himself up for a volley, however Sunderland managed to clear the ball for a Town corner.

20 minutes into the game and Town were working well in Sunderland’s half. Captain Ollie Norburn was bought down after a late challenge. A well-worked training ground set-piece saw Town create a great chance.

Minutes later, Josh Laurent went on a dangerous run into Sunderland’s box and produced a brilliant cut-back pass that fell at the feet of Cummings. Cummings hits first time and curled it into Sunderland’s goal leaving Burge no chance.

Joel Lynch was the first player to receive a yellow card after holding Whalley’s shirt and pulling him by just shy of the 18-yard-box. Whilst the play was stopped, referee Jarred Gillett cautioned Norburn after a late challenge from the previous phase of play.

Town’s free kick had Whalley and Cummings both stood over the ball, Cummings stepped up and hit a curling effort that was dipping towards Burge’s bottom right corner. Burge did well to get down and deny Cummings his second goal of the game.

With half-time approaching, The Black Cats were desperate to even the scoreline. A through ball to Grigg, that looked to be offside wasn’t called and play continued. Grigg played a short ball back to Maguire who was on the edge of the 18-yard-box and his shot smashed against the inside of O’Leary’s right post. The ball bounced back into play and Town cleared their lines.

Half-Time – Shrewsbury Town 1 – 0 Sunderland

As both sides stepped out for the second 45 minutes of play, Sunderland changed goalkeeper Lee Burge as Jon McLaughlin replaced him.

The Black Cats came out second half wanting to equalise the scoreline. Sunderland’s first chance of the second half came as Golbourne gave away the first free kick of the second half. Maguire’s cross found Watmore at the back post but Laurent managed to nick the ball and break away.

Laurent ran from his own box to McLaughlin’s box whilst out-battling Hume. Hume slips over and referee Gillett quickly gives Sunderland a free kick and the play was instantly turned around. From McLaughlin’s free kick, Sunderland began to break. Luke O’Nein crossed into Maguire but Love managed to get in front of Maguire in order to stop a shot.

Town produced great play after Edwards, linked up with Whalley. Whalley saw Cummings and played a brilliant through ball but Jordan Willis was there just to pinch it off Cummings and clear it for a corner.

Sunderland were having many chances but couldn’t find an end product. The Black Cats began to put a lot of pressure on Town’s backline hoping to level the scoreline. A slow ball from Pierre was heading towards Golbourne down the left. Golbourne was waiting for it to reach him but Maguire nicked the ball and fired a shot straight at O’Leary.

O’Leary’s save was kept in by Watmore on the by-line. Watmore found Dobson who was waiting on the edge of the 18-yard-box, Dobson fired a shot but with many of Town bodies in the way, the shot was blocked.

Will Grigg became the closest player to score in a Sunderland shirt after a low cross was whipped in from the left. Grigg was inches away from getting his toe on the end of it but both sides saw the ball flash past O’Leary’s goal.

Town had their chances in the second half. Whalley produced a fantastic run down the left-wing after beating O’Nein in pace. Whalley crossed the ball to find Okenabirhie but Dobson cleared the ball with a diving header.

O’Nein had a great chance with only ten minutes remaining. After a deflected ball was floating high towards O’Leary’s back post, O’Nein managed to beat Whalley to the header. O’Nein’s effort looked to be going in the bottom corner. O’Leary got down well to put the ball behind for a corner.

Maguire stepped up and curled in the corner and the ball managed to fall to Captain Max Power. Power hit a rocket shot from the edge of the 18-yard-box. O’Leary again, was bought into action after making a world-class fingertip save to deny Power the equalising goal.

With four minutes added on, Sunderland continued to pile the pressure on Town. The Black Cats were hungry for that equalising goal, but Town were difficult to break down. A great chance for Okenabirhie after he chased down a loose ball against Willis. Okenabirhie was unlucky after losing his footing and sliced his shot wide of McLaughlin’s goal.

Town secured all three points after a great strike by Cummings and another clean sheet after O’Leary’s safe hands.

Full-Time – Shrewsbury Town 1 – 0 Sunderland

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Ticket News

Sunderland Ticket Details

23 October 2019

The ticket details for our Sky Bet League One game Sunderland

Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland
Saturday 26th October – 3 pm Kick-Off
Montgomery Waters Meadow
Sky Bet League One

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

Online registrations are currently suspended, please contact the Ticket Office for more details.

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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