After having to settle for a 2-2 draw at MK Dons on Saturday, the lads travel down to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Tuesday, the home of Shrewsbury Town, for a 7pm kick off.
I caught up with Shrewsbury fan Harry Gardner to preview our game on the Red and White Podcast, here’s what he had to say...
How’s it being going with you lot then? “We’ve played good football at times, but we haven’t carved out many chances, the goals we have scored have been more down to errors from the opposition; but I think we look solid defensively, we don’t give away many chances.”
Harry Chapman (with three goals in the three games Salop have played since we faced them last month) is the main danger man. “Chapman has been sublime since he came in (on loan from Blackburn Rovers); he’s one of those players you don’t really get a lot of in League One, he’s just got that quality to beat two players and score a worldie, but he’ll happily track back. He’s got it all really. Pace, ability to just drop a shoulder and get away from a man, as well as the work rate.”
It appears the Shrews’ change in formation (to a 4-3-3 after playing with three central defenders for a long time) was down to injury problems and not a tactical decision. The Shropshire side picked up a 1-0 win against Swindon at the weekend, but their formation seems changeable. “If we go with 4-3-3, I think we’ll play more on the floor, give it to Chapman and Whalley and let them run at you. Vela and Norburn are also great on the ball, Goss has got a great pass on him. If we switch back to 3-5-2 we’ll be utilising the wing-backs a lot more, getting crosses, in which hasn’t really been that effective, we look the best when we keep the ball on the floor.”
As for ourselves, Jordan Jones has looked impressive since joining and it’s great to see the raw pace he can offer us going forward to stretch defences and get in behind. Jake Vokins had an indifferent debut against MK Dons on Saturday while covering Callum McFadzean and many fans have suggested we play Dion Sanderson at left-back. However, Vokins may just need a run of games to settle in.
It’s clear that Chapman is Shrewsbury’s main danger man, recent goals and his performance against us a few weeks ago are enough to see that. Despite criticism from some, Josh Scowen may be a preferable option to man-mark him. If Chapman can be contained, the lack of depth the Shrews have defensively means we can expect somewhat of a make-shift defence to leave a few gaps for us to exploit with the likes of Jordan Jones hopefully coming into the starting eleven.
I’ll predict a 2-1 for us as we appear to be creeping back into bad habits defensively, but with the form we have going forward, I back us to score plenty.