HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our League 1 home game against Oxford United.

“Nappies on, dummy in having his botty talced the works. An adult baby what does he get out of that? Two farleys rusks and his arse wiped.”

“A veritable plethora of emotions on show at the Meddah Saturday, even with 10 men I’m still not quite sure how we lost that game, some utter schoolboy defending a big part of our downfall.”

“Salop sticking with four at the back again and the difference in the style of football and entertainment on show is obvious to see, why has it took Ricketts till late Febuary to implement these changes I don’t know. With even being gutted after defeat it was one of the most exciting games of football I’ve seen all season, very open and after a indecisive start (few of the owd mons swilling the night nurse maybe) Salop grew into the game, the one less man at the back gives Salop a lot more freedom in forward positions, the midfield triplet of Vela, Laurent and Mr Duracell himself were all class in the opening stages and we were creating chances some lovely 1 2 football. It was as if a large weight had been taken off some players backs and finally allowed them to express themselves.”

“The first blow was the injury to Pierre such a massive figure for Town and as shown with the goals we conceded we looked a lot more shaky without him, but Salop looked very comfortable at 2 nil up, two cracking goals you can see the confidence in Lang and Udoh, Lang’s goal especially was utter class, soon as he got the ball you knew it was going in. After watching the replays i still can’t see how he’s given a foul nevermind a second yellow, shocking decision which totally changed the course of the game, an utter dagger in the heart but even with ten men we should have handled things better.”

“Like so many keepers I’ve seen down the Meddah over years, O’Leary’s shot stopping is second to none but his decision making is worrying at times and certainly doesn’t breed confidence for the defenders and with Salop almost mathematically safe would it be worth giving Harry Burgoyne a little run between the sticks seeing as he could be potentially our number 1 next season.”

“The goal just before half time was a killer and Salop in truth were on the backfoot from then, I know we were a man down but substitutions were a tad puzzling for me, the way Oxford were bulling forward Walker was not the answer he’s far to static and could see from the off he was struggling with the pace of the game and Love for Lang although understandble maybe because the way the game was going didnt work either, it made us sit back even further and left the brilliant Udoh a bit isolated. Another poorly defended goal for there winner again a header and it was game over, Oxford are 3rd in the division showing what an average division it is this season but like Rotherham they are physical and very good at frustrating other teams with there antics such as going down at every opportune moment and they played the ref like a fiddle.”

“Positives – the football is a lot more pleasing on the eye, midfield having a lot more freedom to express themselves, look to have a lot more bite upfront, creating more chances, Udoh and Lang looking very hungry.”

“Negatives- defending was schoolboy at times, O’Leary indecisive and the subs didnt really work although kind of understand Sam for making them.”

“Salop gave it there all Saturday and it was refreshing to see supporters enjoying the game not looking like they got up at 6am to watch an algebra programme on Open University.”

“Coventry away on Saturday will undoubtedly be very tough and the absense of Vela and potentially Pierre will be massive blows but on the plus side we’ve still got the superb Connor Mc and Whalley to come back. Who knows we may get something, I do feel a lot better about Salop than I did post Accy Stanley though, things look more positive.”

“As Larry Grayson said to his chauffeur boy Howard Shellard “dunna let the buggers bite ya”

“Love and jollops Biz”

Be sure to follow our resident Shrewsbury Town super fan on Twitter @Bizzylad

Bizzy

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CORBIN’S VIEW FROM THE STANDS

Our young inspirational reporter and massive Shrewsbury Town fan Corbin gives us his thoughts on our home game against Oxford United.

“I started the day being involved in The Shrewsbury Town in the Community “Community Day”. Playing Football with other children at a Shrewsability Session then walking into the ground to have my photo taken with others and the whole team wearing our Shrews 4 All T-Shirts, Omar called me over and I stood with him as we posed for pictures.”

“Back to Block 18 for my seat after some well earned food, just in time for the team walking out as Sam Ricketts kept the same formation of 4-3-3 and the same eleven players as at Bristol Rovers last week a game I missed. Udoh, Lang and Cummings were our front three.”

“We started the game brightly as did Oxford, our visitors winning a corner in first minute which failed to produce and within 5 mins we were bearing down on their goal first Cummings had a shot saved and the rebound fell to Lang who’s shot was blocked then Vela grabbed it but his shot was blocked too. That got the whole crowd going and the noise levels increased with our new look attacking flair which after some recent performances is far more exciting football, none of this hoofball or being too cautious.”

“Cummings again with a half chance which was blocked then just 60 seconds later Udoh got better of his marker and smashed the ball into the floor as he shot at goal with the bounce beating the keeper, the ground erupted 1-0 to the Shrews after 12 mins. The goal seemed to settle us and but for the odd counter attack from Oxford it was almost one way traffic for the next 20 minutes or so with Edwards twice, Vela, Lang and Udoh all having chances either saved, wide or blocked but our forward attack was working and 1-0 soon became 2 as Golbourne who came on for the injured Pierre laid the ball to Lang who bent his shot past the Oxford Keeper following a free kick. We felt like we were in dream land as we were two goals in front for the first time this season and the game was only 30 minutes old, we were dominating a high flying team again.”

“At this point it looked like we would score more than that, it seemed the day we would finally play someone off the pitch and score a few goals in the process but as we all know too well this is little olde Shrewsbury, we have learnt that nothing is ever plain sailing with our team. A dubious decision by the referee Mr Seb Stocksbridge (oh no not him again!) gave a 2nd yellow and a red card to Josh Vela from our view point it looked like just two players colliding, an accident not a yellow card but not in the eyes of yet another poor League 1 referee. We were down to 10 men 2 -0 up with 55 mins plus to play, we seemed to be too good going forward to worry there was more goals in the game but unfortunately none from us.”

“Some split opinions on the decision changing the game but the mentality of the players is going to change as is the shape or formation. Oxford grew in confidence with the extra man but we still went forward searching for more, Lang with a driven shot just over. Five added minutes were given and then disaster their winger wriggled free on our right cut the ball across O’Leary and into the net 2-1 on 48 mins. Half time came and we were 2-1 up and boo’s rang out to the referee for what many thought were his decision making to give fouls and cards against our players but did little to make his popularity rise but not giving Oxford similar but never mind we felt good. Probably the best 45 minute league performance we have seen at home in 2020 with exception of their goal and Vela’s red card.”

“Football is a game of two halves and that was more true in the second half, a half time sub by Sam Ricketts as Cummings came off for Walker, maybe to bolster our midfield but Lang and Udoh both worked in tandem as a front two going forward despite the change we got deeper as Oxford came onto us searching for an equaliser. They dominated us unlike the first half almost like they had turned the tables as shot after shot, corner after corner they had us pinned in nothing would stick for us as we cleared and the ball just kept on coming back. Just 10 minutes into the second period Ricketts made his last change as Lang went off for Donald Love,you could see we were now a back five with three midfielders and Udoh as the lone front man. Oxford made a sub in response and just two minutes after being on he wriggled free on edge of the box out wide dropped his shoulder and whipped the ball in to the opposite top corner. Oxford were level 2-2 with still 30 minutes to play, the referee who was having a quiet second half started giving niggle fouls to Oxford some for very little as we got deeper and deeper.”

“Hoofball had returned to our team as we cleared Oxford kept coming now looking for a winner. Our only real chance of the second half fell to Udoh who burst through one on one with the keeper who kept it out. As the game edged towards the end Oxford grabbed their chance a nothing free kick was played into the box and the man at the far post put it back across goal past the desperate dive of O’Leary. They had done it 2-0 down to 3-2 up in the 88th minute, though we had 10 men the scenes at the away end were similar of two weeks ago when a Tranmere goal very late on caused fans to run onto the pitch. 4 mins of time added on at the end made no difference to us if anything Oxford could have added a 4th goal.”

“So we left another league home game empty handed, today we had it in our hands 2-0 up after 30 minutes and cruising, some fans argue that the red card changed the game but can the referee take the blame for our defeat? Probably not just him but you have to ask did Sam Ricketts hit the panic button at 2-1 ?! A game of two halves it was but my thoughts on the game were we just didn’t do things right at 2-0, the defending at times was average Oxfords first and second goals and even their winner could be down to us as a team, individuals and tactics. We know we have enough to stay up points wise in this highly strange season but todays game was lost on many things.”

“My Man Of The Match Today was Dan Udoh, scored a cracking goal for opener, his hold up play and link up play was brilliant with Lang and Cummings, he scared Oxfords two centre backs’s most of first half and did a decent job as the lone striker in second half. He was unlucky not to score a second and Salop’s third in the second half.”

“As fans we dust ourselves down and go again just the small matter of going to a team top of the table and unbeaten in 14 games, playing their home games at a ground that belongs to someone else. Coventry City at St Andrews, Birmingham City’s ground I will be there as usual, my first ever visit.”

“Love & Peace, Corbin”

Thanks to Corbin for his thoughts on the game against Oxford.

Corbin Davies

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Sam Northwood previews today’s home League 1 game against Oxford United.

Town host Oxford hoping to carry on and get another win after the victory on Saturday at Bristol Rovers.

Earlier this season Town drew 0-0 with Oxford at the Kassam Stadium. It was a decent performance on the day where Shrewsbury could have won the game.

Oxford currently sit 7th, one place and one point outside the play off spots. They are also only five points off the automatic promotion spaces. They are in fine form as well, they have won their last four, scoring eleven and only conceding once.

After a good performance last Saturday it looks like Ricketts has found a new formation that suits the players. Dave Edwards and Callum Lang have impressed recently and will hope to carry that on.

My Predicted XI’s

Shrewsbury Town:

O’Leary

Williams

Ebanks Landell

Pierre

Beckles

Vela

Edwards

Laurent

Lang

Udoh

Cummings

Oxford United:

Eastwood

Forde

Dickie

Moore

Ruffels

Sykes

Gorrin

Brannagan

Henry

Taylor

Browne

Score Prediction: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Oxford United

Sam Northwood

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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WHO ARE YA? OXFORD UNITED

Here at “Going Down The Oteley Road” we will be speaking to fans of our opposition throughout the season. Ahead of our League One game at home against Oxford United, we had a chat with a U’s fan.

What’s your name?

Paul Smith.

Where are you from?

Didcot.

How long have you supported Oxford United?

Not long my 2nd season as a full supporter, I blame my son.

Who is your favourite Oxford United player?

Marcus Browne, I was chuffed when he came back on loan. Love his work rate. Plus he’s ex Hammers (my childhood team)

Who is your favourite ever Oxford United manager?

Jimmy Smith, because of what he did for the club. But I’ve only ever know KR and he’s definitely a manager with passion and drive.

Who should we watch out for from the current Oxford team?

Eastwood, he’s really pulled out some massive saves. Dickie he’s just been immense, wins most balls and Matty back scoring for fun, plus him and Henry work well together.

Where do you think you will finish in the league this season?

Definitely in the playoffs. 4th or 5th.

What do you know about Shrewsbury?

Not a lot really, apart from what I saw of them at our place. They weren’t strong enough to get through, but they parked the bus well against us. We just couldn’t get through their defence.

What do you think the score will be?

I’d love a win (wouldn’t we all) realistically think 1-1, if they play like at ours. Although we are on that winning streak again.

Big thanks to Paul, hope you enjoy the game.

Daz Carding

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

https://goingdowntheoteleyroad.home.blog/

HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our League 1 away game against Bristol Rovers.

“Van Gogh, cut off his ear for a smile, ear for a smile eh, lucky the owd bugger didn’t fancy a quick wriggle.”

“Been a strange week or so watching Salop, two wins against established League One outfits coupled with the Tranmere horror show, but to be fair theres nothing to be negative about from Saturdays performance against the owd fermented orchard swillers.”

“Salop were comfortable winners in utterly horrendous conditions, wind more potent than Stan Ogdens after sampling one of Hilda’s tripe n milk platters. It wasn’t a game to write home about but we were easily the best side, big thumbs up to Sam in sticking with four at the back and for once our limited resources in midfield helped us with Sam going for three up top. Me and my mucker Ross said months ago we should try Udoh, Lang and Cummings together and it reaped some reward. Not going to beat around the bush but Rovers were complete and utter dogshyte, I didn’t realise how poor they’ve turned, most of the chances in the game came Salops way and I can only remember Max making one really decent save. All the attacking was from Salop and man of the match has to go to Daniel Udoh, utterly worked his scrotum off again, running down the channels and causing all sorts of owd nuisance and bother. To be fair all three frontmen worked there socks off, Cummings maybe a culprit of a couple of missed chances but couldn’t fault the effort but his booking although silly did make me laugh, it’s important to have characters in the dressing room, the game hardly has any anymore its good to see. Lang another who I thought was class, he used the ball very well and bags of effort.”

“Despite it looking a bit light we won the midfield battle, again fairplay to Davey Edwards another faultless performance mon, again showing his high level of experience. He’s a type of player who can do the pretty stuff but not afraid to get stuck in, considering his so called fragile fitness state hes been cracking lately and a great return to form from the lad. Vela was very neat and tidy too, a player you can see who will get better as match fitness improves. Laurent not the best game bit indecisive at times but overall like most of the others put a good shift in.”

“Not many times you will see four recognised centre half’s all playing at the back but refreshingly it worked. Pierre and Landell had little to do in all honesty but Beckles and Ro-Shaun were on the whole very decent, getting forward where they can, but in honesty the back four will rarely have an easier day the owd Pirates were that poor.”

“Overall very pleased with the game, everyone worked very hard but quality football was at a premium, it was a lottery at times due to the swirling gale.”

“Still unconvinced about Sir Samuel but two decent wins in the last 8 days, the changes in formation have been refreshing and hopefully time to put a decent run together with a hard few games coming up but on the plus side theres no midweek fixtures this month and that will surely help Salop with maximum rest time between games and some matches against some higher placed teams in the division where Salop seem to step up an extra gear when facing them.”

“I’ve seen that Neil Critchley is Blackpool bound, another whos done his coaching at U23 level with no league experience, it seems a few teams are shying away from big name appointments. I may be sounding two faced but it could be time to cut Sam some slack and get behind him a bit, I know its easier for me to say after a win but I do worry if we do get rid who do we actually get in.”

“Lets hope we stick to these refreshing four at the back formations and can at least enjoy the football at last. Still very unsure on Sam but he’s here to stay so lets make the most of it.”

“Love and jollops Biz”

Be sure to follow our resident Shrewsbury Town super fan on Twitter @Bizzylad

Bizzy

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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MATCH PREVIEW

Sam Northwood previews today’s away League 1 game against Bristol Rovers.

Town travel to Bristol Rovers which will no doubt be a tough game after Towns recent form.

Earlier this season Town lost 4-3 to Bristol Rovers with former Shrews captain Abu Ogogo scoring the late winner. Abu will be unavailable for this game though due to a red card last time out during their 3-0 defeat at Sunderland.

Bristol Rovers currently sit 13th having only won one game since Christmas. They are in as bad form as Town and could be an interesting game. Former Town youth team player Josh Ginnelly and ex winger Alex Rodman could both play.

After a defeat on Tuesday night it has sent Shrewsbury back down to earth after the win last Saturday. Ricketts has revealed that he has been keeping an eye academy player Charlie Caton so it’s likely he could travel to Bristol.

My Predicted XI’s

Shrewsbury Town:

O’Leary

Love

Ebanks Landell

Pierre

Golbourne

Walker

Edwards

Lang

Laurent

Hart

Cummings

Bristol Rovers:

Blackman

Kilgour

Menayese

Craig

Leahy

Upson

Harries

O’Clarke

Rodman

Clarke Harris

Ginnelly

Score Prediction: Bristol Rovers 2-0 Shrewsbury Town

Sam Northwood

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

https://goingdowntheoteleyroad.home.blog/

WHO ARE YA? BRISTOL ROVERS

Here at “Going Down The Oteley Road” we will be speaking to fans of our opposition throughout the season. Ahead of our League One game away against Bristol Rovers, we had a chat with a Pirates fan.

What’s your name?

Ryann Mignano.

Where are you from?

Bristol.

How long have you supported Bristol Rovers?

About 23 years.

Who is your favourite ever Bristol Rovers player?

Jonson Clarke-Harris or Anssi Jaakkola, both are arguably the best players at the club.

Who is your favourite ever Bristol Rovers manager?

Darrell Clarke, Paul Trollope or Ian Holloway, all three are clubs legends in their own right and brought us some unforgettable moments.

Who should we watch out for from the current Rovers team?

Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Josh Ginnelly, two very pacey and lethal wingers both on loan.

Where do you think you will finish in the league this season?

Despite our current form, 11th.

What do you know about Shrewsbury?

Dangerous side on their best days, some decent players in all positions (Norburn, Whalley, Cummings, Laurent, etc.) and unlucky to have been in poor form recently.

What do you think the score will be?

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Shrewsbury.

Big thanks to Ryann, hope you enjoy the game.

Daz Carding

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

https://goingdowntheoteleyroad.home.blog/

HOW WAS THE GAME BIZZY LAD?

We asked the Salopian super fan, Bizzy for his thoughts on our League 1 home game against Tranmere Rovers.

“Can you see her belly button Biggles??? No mon it must be underneath all these folds.”

“A desperatly frustrating and poor night at the Meddah compounding my fears that Sir Samuel is not the man to take us forward as a team, I don’t think the axe will go though but can we really risk another season with him at the helm?? Sadly I’ve got to say we cant.”

“After the confidence boosting win of Saturday Salop should have come into this game full of beans, but the first half we lacked any form of belief, leadership or any basic organisation skills. It was like a new team having there first match together, defending wise we was utterly woeful, unable to mark players in the box is appaling at this level. Young Ramsey looked like Hartley Hare startled in the headlights so woefully out of his depth, Tyler Blackett having him everytime I’m still unsure on the need to have him here with Love and Sears on the books even Omar can play there, it’s puzzling like so much of what Sam does.”

“2-0 at half time didnt flatter Tranmere at all it could have been more, this is a side on a more woeful run than Town who have hardly scored the last few games yet we manage to make them look like world beaters. Shambolic is the only way to describe the opening 45 minutes, putrid standard Meddah fayre.”

“To give Salop their dues they came out guns blazing second half with a lot more urgency and intensity to our play but so we bloody should considering the opposition in front of us. Tranmere looked utterly knackered in the second half, the introduction of Cummings was a good one he looked really hungry and was instrumental in most of our positive football in the second half, a real livewire performance. A toss up between him and the equally impressive Callum Lang for the Man Of The Match honours, class finish from the former. Our midfield was poor Tuesday in all honesty, Laurent’s shooting boots went missing, Edwards understandbly tired and jaded and poor Sean Goss looked utterly lost on what he was meant to do, we craved leadership. Despite the comeback to 2-2 and chances fluffed, like Saturday our football lacked any kind of pattern, no real tactics to it, just a case of hit and hope for the best at times. Ricketts is a desperate man and its showing in our style of play.”

“Tranmere’s winner was utterly inexcusable, utterly woeful defending yet again although brilliant most of the season the defending Tuesday reminded of the calamatious Ratcliffe season of 2002/03, silly to compare I know but it had that look. Tranmere’s winner was an utter kick in the teeth but for some reason after our first 45 minutes I had a sad inevitabilty it was going to happen.”

“Still fuming from Tuesday so sorry if the report is a bit negative or short on content, to Bristol Rovers on Saturday god bloody knows how we will get on I’ve given up predicting.”

“Love and jollops Biz”

Be sure to follow our resident Shrewsbury Town super fan on Twitter @Bizzylad

Bizzy

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

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CORBIN’S VIEW FROM THE STANDS

Our young inspirational reporter and massive Shrewsbury Town fan Corbin gives us his thoughts on our home game against Tranmere Rovers.

“Back to the Meadow three days after our first league win since December against Doncaster. This time up was Tranmere a team who’s only win of 2020 was a 2-1 third round FA Cup replay against Watford, a team who hadn’t won in the league since 21st December and a team that can’t keep clean sheets.”

“Buoyed with our win over Doncaster, giving us a 15 point gap to Tranmere it seemed like no better time to play them. Ricketts set his team up differently to Saturday’s win, due to the injury to McAleny in came Goss and the rest of the team was unchanged and includes captain Dave Edwards who limped off on Saturday.”

“We started off on front foot with Laurent sliding in and Udoh who nearly caught Tranmere cold after 2 minutes but his shot hit the side netting. The game was barely 10 minutes old when we cleared a corner but Tranmere’s winger Blackett Taylor who tormented Ramsey at right back most of the game, drilled his cross which was flicked on by Vaughan with Mark Ellis beating Beckles to the ball and smashing it in. The goal sparked 5 minutes of madness as we seemed to lose all ideas giving the ball away and just 5 minutes later the ball was struck from the edge of the box, O’Learys save palmed straight into the run of Morris who slotted it home for 0-2, he reacted quickest whilst our defenders were like statues.”

“The shock around the ground was everywhere fans shouting almost stunned, this shouldn’t be happening 2 nil down against a bottom 3 side after 15 minutes gone just can’t happen. It was almost criminal defending we were wobbling, a free kick 5 minutes later gave us some hope as Goss swung it in the ball was half cleared then Edwards smashed it goalbound but it took a deflection for a corner. Tranmere came at us again down the left and were unlucky not to be 3 nil up, the only other half chances Shrewsbury had fell to Goss and Pierre the latter forcing the keeper into a save.”

The second half started and two was nearly three agains as Blackett Taylor cut inside and shot just over the bar. Shrewsbury needed something to happen and fast, Cummings looked like the outlet as a half time sub for Vela. His direct runs from wide right, his first shot tamely wide and his second after cutting inside made the keeper save another. A Cummings run won us a corner which Goss swinged in to the back post where our beast of a centre back Pierre rose to meet and headed into the net, one goal back with 55 minutes gone.”

“The goal gave us belief and you could see Tranmere getting deeper, Cummings from the right and Lang from the left were starting to have more of the ball as we sought an equaliser and just 5 minutes after Pierre’s goal it came. Lang’s cut inside and hit a curling effort into the top corner 2-2 with 30 minutes to go. Suddenly that feeling we had at half time had gone as we were on the front foot and pressing Tranmere it almost looked like we could go on and win it. The crowd had found its voice and the m noise levels cranked up with every move forward.”

“Tranmere had a rare second half attack which nearly made it 2-3. Cummings, Beckles and Laurent had good chances for us to take the lead. The game was all us as we entered the added time and we wasted two set pieces, the second one the Tranmere keeper kicked it up field and Blackett Taylor ran after it beating Goss for pace, Ramsey ran over to hold him up but before he could tackle Taylor smashed it past O’Leary in the 95th minute. It was absolutely gutting, made worse by the over joyous Tranmere fans running towards us in blocks 18 and 19 goading us.”

“The ref blew his whistle for the last time and we had lost, a sickening way too lose especially after showing the character to not know when we were beat. Lang’s goal was the stand out moment, the noise levels at full time were one of anger not towards the players but towards Ricketts mans there were not a lot of happy fans as Dad and me left.”

“So the good work from Saturday was undone tonight by some shocking defending and some wasteful chances, the ref was poor again but not to blame for the result. The gap is back to 12 points with 12 games to go, many people have said if this was a normal season then we would be fighting relegation. On paper we look a very good side and some would say a squad on par with the team from 2018 but nothing is ever won on paper its won on the green stuff we play on week in week out. So the questions that went quiet after Saturday will return, is Ricketts the man to take us forward? Many think not.”

“My Man of The Match was a tricky one to pick but Callum Lang gets the nod, he scored a stunning goal for 2-2, his workrate all night was faultless covering the defence and great lung bursting runs as we counter attacked. Cummings if he had scored might have got the vote as for his 45 minutes he did more than most to drag us back into the game.”

“So next up is another huge game against a team who also have only won once this year in the league, their early season form has them 4 points above us. Bristol Rovers away is a tricky place to go, at least Ogogo is suspended. I won’t be at the game and though my Dad has a ticket he is yet to decide if he goes as it is his birthday on Monday so he wants some weekend beers.”

“Love & Peace, Corbin”

Thanks to Corbin for his thoughts on the game against Tranmere.

Corbin Davies

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

https://goingdowntheoteleyroad.home.blog/

MATCH PREVIEW

Sam Northwood previews today’s home League 1 game against Tranmere Rovers.

Town host Tranmere hoping they can build on their important win against Doncaster.

Earlier this season Town won 1-0 at Prenton Park with Aaron Pierre getting the goal.

Tranmere currently sit in the relegation zone with only Southend and Bolton below them. They have only won five games this season and haven’t won since before Christmas so are low on confidence.

After a tactical change for the win on Saturday it is important that another win comes here and Ricketts can prove that he is turning it around and can be trusted. Some fans still see it as papering over the cracks but we will have to see. Dave Edwards is likely to miss the game following his injury on Saturday as will Conor McAleny who has a hamstring injury and will be out for a number of weeks.

My Predicted XI’s

Shrewsbury Town:

O’Leary

Ramsey

Ebanks Landell

Pierre

Beckles

Vela

Walker

Lang

Laurent

Cummings

Udoh

Tranmere Rovers:

Davies

Wilson

Clarke

Monthe

Ridehalgh

Blackett Taylor

McCullough

Woodyard

Morris

Vaughan

Cook

Score Prediction: Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Tranmere Rovers

Sam Northwood

“Going Down The Oteley Road”

https://goingdowntheoteleyroad.home.blog/