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Rotherham United Match Preview

20 September 2019

Marcus Braddock looks ahead to this weekends Sky Bet League One trip to Rotherham United

This weekend it's Rotherham again and so soon after our last encounter in the Carabao League Cup. We were second best that time, as we have been the three times we've played them. The distance between us in Skybet League One is much narrower than our game in mid-August with Town in 13th place, just a point ahead of the Millers although Rotherham do have a game in hand.

The impact of early points can sometimes be quite pronounced as is the case this weekend, a win for either team will push them further toward the top of the division. a defeat for Town would see Rotherham climb two points ahead of us with a game in hand, a defeat for Rotherham would see us four points ahead, mitigating any potential win in their game in hand.

The last time we beat the Millers in the League was the last time we played them at the New York Stadium, in November 2017. We've not got a bad record away at Rotherham, they've not beaten us at home since 2007 when goals from Ryan Taylor and Derek Holmes beat a team that contained Darren Moss, Kelvin Langmead and Dave Hibbert.

The current Rotherham team has had a varied start to the season, winning 2-1 at Wimbledon on the opening day of the season but only winning twice in League One since then. Two of their three league wins were away but their one home win saw them win 6-1 against crisis club Bolton Wanderers. Their last game was a decent 1-1 draw at Sunderland, their second in League One; their first was on the last day of August and they drew 1-1 at home to Micky Mellon's Tranmere.

The Millers have two current top scorers in League One with Rangers Loanee midfielder, Jake Hastie and our old friend Freddie Ladapo who've both scored three.

Other ex-Shrews include strikers Kyle Vassell, Jamie Proctor and Carlton Morris who was particularly good for us in the 2017/8, scoring six and working his socks off. He looks to have hit the ground running with two goals from five games this season. Vassell found it hard going with no goals from 13 games but a move to Blackpool saw him 22 times in over 60 league games. He played 27 times in Rotherham's Championship season but didn't score, this season he has one goal and it was against us in the Carabao cup. Jamie Proctor only played a couple of games for us but I remember thinking he looked a good signing.

Squad News

Kyle Vassell is unlikely to feature after a reoccurring hamstring injury stopped him from training this week. Fellow striker Chiedozie Ogbene won't be available because of a similar injury.

Pre-match Press

Both managers have spoken to the press about the game with Paul Warne pointing out that we will be a different team to the one they played in the League Cup. Despite that, he's targetting a home win to make it seven points from their three games since last Saturday.

Sam Ricketts has said that a win this weekend would be a good statement of intent for the rest of the season.

Referee

This weekends referee is Carl Boyeson from East Yorkshire. Carl is a vastly experienced referee who's officiated six games so far this season, handing out 14 yellow cards and no reds.

Summary

As Paul Warne has pointed out so eloquently, Town are likely to be a different team to the one which played in August. We've made some important signings since then so hopefully, we'll see a better performance this time. As with last weekend, I'd be happy enough with a draw from this one but I'd really like to see us get three points and put some distance between ourselves and the Millers. It won't be easy, very few games are, but if we can show the defensive solidity of our earlier games and also remain the threat we looked on Tuesday, we can beat anyone.

 

COYB!!!

Marcus

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Match Reports

Rotherham United 0 Shrewsbury Town 0

21 September 2019

A share of the points after a good Town performance away to Rotherham

Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistants: M. Bristow & D. Ford
4th Official: C. Ward

Attendance: 8380 – 429 Town

Rotherham United: 1.Daniel Iverson,  2.Billy Jones, 3.Joe Mattock (c), 8. Ben Wiles, 10. Freddie Ladapo (66 OFF), 14. Carlton Morris, 15. Clark Robertson, 16. Jamie Lindsay, 17. Matt Crooks, 20. Michael Ihiekwe, 23. Jake Hastie (81 OFF)

Subs: 12. Lewis Price (GK), 4 Shaun MacDonald (81 ON), 6. Richard Wood, 11. Dan Barlaser, 24. Michael Smith (66 ON), 26. Julien Lamy, 33. Jake Cooper

Shrewsbury Town: 25. Max O'Leary, 5. Ro-Shaun Williams, 6. Omar Beckles, 7. Shaun Whalley (89 OFF),  8. Ollie Norburn (c), 9. Callum Lang (73 OFF), 11. Ryan Giles, 17. Donald Love, 22. Sean Goss, 24. Ethan Ebanks-Landell, 28. Josh Laurent (85 OFF)

Subs: 34. Sam Agius (GK), 3. Scott Golbourne, 4. Dave Edwards (85 ON), 15. Brad Walker (89 ON), 16. Romain Vincelot, 23. Daniel Udoh, 35. Jason Cummings (73 ON)

A point apiece at the AESSEAL New York Stadium as Town and Rotherham both hold out for a goalless draw.

Sam Ricketts made one change from Tuesday evenings team after Shaun Whalley came in to replace Jason Cummings. While on the bench, Scott Golbourne, Dave Edwards and Romain Vincelot all made their return in a Town shirt. 17-year-old goalkeeper Sam Agius made Town's bench after Joe Murphy didn't travel due to becoming a father. Defender Aaron Pierre was missing after picking up a mid-week knock during training.

With a goalless first half at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, both teams couldn't find an end product even though there were a handful of chances. The hosts came closest first after Freddie Ladapo leapt onto receive well-worked cross, but Ladapo was unlucky to not connect well with the ball. Ladapo watched his effort go wide of Max O'Leary's goal.

The Millers came close again minutes after due to Omar Beckles. Omar played a dangerous bouncing ball back to O'Leary, and he had to hit it first time as Ladapo was pressing the ball. O'Leary's ball hit Ladapo and forced the block, but Ladapo still had possession and found ex-Town man, Carlton Morris in the box but the shot was wide.

It was Town's turn after a changeover in possession. Josh Laurent dribbled past three Millers defenders and found Town's number 9, Callum Lang. Lang squared the ball to Shaun Whalley, but Whalley was unfortunate not to put the ball into the back of the net after The Millers blocked the effort sending it away for a Town corner.

Midfield maestro, Sean Goss, found himself covering at right-back. Goss played a world-class ball across field to the left-wing and found Ryan Giles. Giles ran the ball to the by-line and forced a corner for Town. Town played a short corner from Giles that found Whalley and set-up captain Ollie Norburn. Norburn sent a cross into the back-post attempting to find Laurent's head; however, the linesman already had the flag up for offside.

Rotherham had a great chance as Ladapo found himself free on the edge of the box and smashed a ball towards goal. O'Leary made sure it was his ball.

Town played some fantastic football in areas and looked to be on top of the game. After a short corner from Rotherham, The Millers found themselves in danger as Whalley won the short ball and began to break. Whalley found Lang down the right-wing, Lang was bought down, and the ball went out for a Town throw.

Jamie Lindsay played an excellent long ball over the top of Town's defence as it fell to Ladapo and Jake Hastie. Neither of them could find their feet and make something of it.

After the ref blew on the 25-minute mark for a quick drink break, Town produced some lovely football with a high press, keeping possession and were making their way into Rotherham's territory.

Town's closest chance came from Ryan Giles. After Lang worked back to win back possession, he played the ball into Laurent but lost it and won a Town throw. Giles took the throw and played it into Laurent's feet as they produced a one-two, Giles had the ball and weaved his way through Rotherham's midfield and defence. Giles cut in on his right foot, just inside of the 18-yard-box and fired a shot at Daniel Iverson who managed to put the ball over for a Town corner. Goss whipped in the corner as Ethan Ebanks-Landell came flying through the box, but Ebanks-Landell's header was just the wrong side of the post.

Town looked on top in certain areas of play, especially in midfield as Norburn produced a trick that sent two midfielders the wrong way. Norburn found Lang and won a free-kick after having his shirt pulled deep into The Millers' half. Goss crossed in a free-kick, but it was straight into Iverson's hands.

Half-time
Rotherham United 0 – 0 Shrewsbury Town

Rotherham began the second half looking strong and hungry for the first goal. Their first chance came after a cross from the right-wing was crossed into the back post where captain Joe Mattock was. Donald Love was there to clear and put it away for a corner.

Town had their first chance of the second half after a long throw-in from the left wing found Lang. Lang and Whalley played lovely football between them both as they worked their way through Rotherham's defence. Whalley hit the ball first time but ended up slicing it wide of Iverson's goal.

Captain fantastic Norburn had a class game in midfield. Norburn played a ball over the top to Giles down the left, Giles ran it to the by-line and put a low cross into the box. Rotherham's defence was close to putting it into the back of their own goal. Whalley's short corner was played to Goss on the edge of Rotherham's 18-yard-box, Goss set up Norburn who stroked the ball well, but it took a deflection on the way through. Whalley chased the ball down but was caught offside by the linesman.

O'Leary played a long ball over the top and found Lang. Lang held off two defenders while waiting for help from his teammates. Goss came to join in as he played a long, diagonal ball over to Giles, Giles ran towards the by-line and attempted a cut-back to Whalley. Michael Ihiekwe was there to cut out the ball.

Rotherham were eager for their first goal and created chances but were struggling to find an end product. Town's first change of the game came as the 75th minute approached. Lang was replaced by Jason Cummings.

Ex-Town man, Morris had a great chance for The Millers after a ball came flying in from Ben Wiles. Morris had time and space in Town's box, but he hit the volley wide of O'Leary's goal. Minutes later, Town came close as Whalley found himself through on goal but lost the ball in his own feet and Rotherham won back possession.

10 minutes before time, Omar Beckles received a yellow card after a collision with Morris. Jake Hastie chipped in a free-kick onto Ihiekwe's head that looked to be flying in. Safe hands O'Leary denied the chance with a superb dive and put it out for a corner. Town broke from the corner with Giles. Giles attempted the low cross and but was denied.

Town made their second change of the game with five minutes of play remaining. Josh Laurent was replaced by Dave Edwards. Edwards was unlucky after a ball was smashed towards him and he was on the end of a handball. Town won the ball back and broke with Donald Love down the right. Love and Whalley linked up well together but weren't lucky enough to find a goal.

Sam's last change came in the 89th minute as super Shaun Whalley was replaced by Brad Walker. With play being end to end and both teams wanting to break the deadlock of scoring, there were five minutes extra time.

Town play for a point and a clean sheet. An excellent performance from Town as they go home with a well-earned point and another clean sheet

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Ticket News

Rotherham United Ticket Details

20 September 2019

Ticket details for our Sky Bet League One trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium

Rotherham United v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 21st September – 3 pm Kick-Off
AESSEAL New York Stadium
Sky Bet League One

Tickets are now on sale for our Sky Bet League One trip to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.

We have been allocated an initial 539 tickets in the MediTemp South Stand in blocks SS5 and SS6.
 
Tickets go off sale from the ticket office at 3 pm on Friday 20th September, after that Town fans can pay on the day at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, but with a price increase.

Prices:

Adults - £23

Concessions (65+) - £13

13-17 - £8

12 and Under - £6 

Disabled Prices:

Adults - £13 

13-17 - £8 

12 and Under - £6

Carer - FOC

There are car parking spaces available on a first come first serve basis for visiting disabled supporters, these can be purchased by contacting Red and White Shop on 01709 827768

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

Away tickets are set up online with the following delivery options:

Standard post 
Special delivery
Collect from Shrewsbury Town - Free

Any tickets for away games not collected will be taken to the away game on the day.

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.

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