Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Shrewsbury Town host Bristol Rovers this weekend with both sides needing to start picking up points.

Even though it has only been five matches, both teams have started slowly with Rovers in 20th with three points and Shrewsbury in 23rd with 2.

Shrewsbury manager John Askey wants his side to be quick out of the blocks and get an early goal on Saturday.

“It’s important we start right and get the crowd behind us, then it can have an effect if we get the tempo up,” Askey told the Shropshire Star.

“Away from home you want to kill the crowd. But in the first five or 10 minutes of the home games we’ve been sluggish. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll come out of the blocks and get into Bristol and get everybody going.

“It’s got to come from the players. When they go out they’ve got to feel like they can get up and at them, it’s important.

“Hopefully we can do that, get on top and get a goal and keep the momentum going.”

Shrewsbury will be welcomed by the recalled Ryan Sears and loan signing Josh Emanuel, who both will be in contention for a place in the match day squad this weekend.

Bristol Rovers go into the game needing to bounce back after three defeats in a row.

The Gas lost their last two league games and were beaten 3-1 by QPR in the Carabao Cup last time out and Darrell Clarke has been discussing the early season pressure.

“Some teams find consistency, whether that will continue we will see,” Clarke told the Bristol Post.

“This league is very challenging; it can quickly go after the month we have had and change that round into a successful month this month.

“It can quickly change; we want to be more consistent on a results basis.”

Rovers will have new signings Jack Bonham and Joe Martin available, James Clarke is a doubt after picking up a knock against QPR and Liam Sercombe was confirmed to be out for some time by manager Clarke.


The last time these two sides met it ended 2-1 to Shrewbury at the Memorial Stadium in February.

Rovers pair Stefan Payne and Alex Rodman were signed from Shrewsbury.

The last time these sides met at Shrewsbury, it ended 4-0 to the Shrews with all four goals being scored in the first half.

One Response to “Shrewsbury Town v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

  • Andrew Snell
    7 months ago

    Cannot afford to lose this one Simon
    After Tuesday’s showing there will be a new face between the sticks

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