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MATCH PREVIEW: SHREWSBURY TOWN (H)

5 February 2021

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Following the crucial 1-0 win over Wigan on Tuesday, Swindon Town will host 17th placed Shrewsbury Town for the second meeting between the two sides of the season.

In November, Shrewsbury and The Reds played out one of the matches of the League One campaign.

In what was the Gaffer's first match in the Town dug-out, he saw his new side overcome a two-goal deficit to earn a hard fought and deserved 3-3 draw at the Montgomery Waters Meadow courtesy of goals from Joel Grant, Hallam Hope and a 93rd minute equaliser from Matt Smith.

It was a gutsy and resilient showing as well as the Town’s first away point of the season.

Swindon’s resolute display against the Gaffer's former side on Tuesday night lifted them out of the relegation zone, albeit for now as many of the sides below have as many as two games in hand.

What is certain, is the Reds will need another similar display against Shrewsbury to move even further away from the dreaded dotted lines.

The opposition:

The Shrews entered the New Year with a very tough trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland as well as difficult matches at home to Peterborough United and Crewe Alexandra.

They were unfortunate not to earn a point against the Black Cats in the North East, but they followed it up with a strong 2-0 victory against Peterborough United.

However, they were not quite able to carry on this form against Crewe, who were able to steal a 1-0 away victory.

Shrewsbury have recently set up with a bold and attacking 3-5-2 formation, with full backs Ryan Sears and Nathaniel Ogbeta providing the team with width at both ends of the pitch.

Shaun Whalley is the man to look out for topping the Shrew’s goalscoring and assist charts with five goals and three assists.

They are also a huge threat from set pieces, with centre-back Aaron Pierre scoring the second most amount of goals with four.

Their formation enables them to collectively transition from defence to attack comfortable, and they are adept and capable of scoring the first goal and tightening up to protect the lead.

It is essential the Reds do not concede the first goal in this encounter.

Team news:

Skipper Dion Conroy will be out of the match after being sent off on Tuesday evening. New signings Jordon Garrick and Christopher Missilou are available to make their debuts.

How To Watch:

Our match against Shrewsbury is available to stream via iFollow STFC, where supporters are able to purchase a Match Pass for a fee of £10.


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