Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to unbeaten Shrewsbury this Tuesday looking to bounce back quickly after defeat.

Rovers were beaten 1-0 at home to Oxford last time out and manager Darrell Clarke is keen to try and put it behind them and ‘reboot’.

“It’s a long old season, you reboot yourself,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“That’s what I said to my players, you reboot yourself. I thought it was an okay performance, it was two good teams having a right good go.”

“We’ve got Shrewsbury on Tuesday night as soon as we’ve all rebooted ourselves.

“The players are all hurting at the minute, the staff are all hurting.”

Rovers have no new injury concerns ahead of the game but it is expected that Billy Bodin will remain an absentee alongside Johnny Burn and James Clarke.

Early pace-setters Shrewsbury go into the game having been knocked off of top spot at the weekend after drawing at bottom of the table Plymouth.

The Shrews are still unbeaten though after 13 games with 31 points and manager Paul Hurst is keen to show doubters that his side can last the season.

“We’ve been knocked off top spot on goal difference,” Hurst told the Shropshire Star.

“I’m sure there’ll be quite a few people expecting us to slide down that table, for me that’s part of the motivation we use to stay there as long as possible.

“They have to believe. It’s not all positive; I’ve had a little dig at them.

“We’ve got a few home games coming up and a few questions have been posed to them.

“It’s how they respond. No-one expected us to be at the top of the table, having been there for a little while now, they have to deal with it.”

Shrewsbury have no new injury worries ahead of the game. Lenell John-Lewis made a substitute appearance at the weekend after recovering from a hamstring injury. Joe Riley is the only doubt for the game after he missed the draw with Plymouth.


The last time these two sides met at Greenhous Meadow was in December last year where Shrewsbury came out 2-0 winners.

Rovers haven’t won a league game away at Shrewsbury in 15 years, a run stretching back 5 matches.

Shrewsbury striker Lenell John-Lewis scored for Grimsby in the loss to Darrell Clarke’s Rovers in the 2015 Conference Play-Off final. Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst managed Grimsby that day.


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