Match Preview Xtra: Glyn Price from Salopcast
Doncaster Rovers are on the road again tomorrow, heading for Shropshire to take on Shrewsbury Town. Fresh off a disappointing loss to Gillingham, Rovers face a side in a difficult patch, on a long winless run meaning that both teams will be fighting hard to turn their fortunes around.
In addition to our in-depth Match Preview looking at the upcoming fixture, we also sat down with Shrews fan Glyn Price, a host of the Salopcast podcast and editor of the Blue & Amber Fanzine covering the club. Glyn discusses his thoughts on the game, how he sees it playing out and tells us where he thinks Shrewsbury should be aiming in League One over the next season or more.
ITEN. I should start with the flooding in the town this week. Is the game in any doubt or have the club avoided the worst of it?
Glyn: If we were still at Gay Meadow the game would have been off, and the pitch wrecked for the rest of the season. But the rain has kept off for the last couple of days and the floods have gone down now so the town is completely open again. As for the New Meadow, it’s miles away from the river and is in really good condition so no chance the game will be off.
It’s no win in ten league games now for the Shrews. What do you think has led to this alarming decline?
Great question. Sam Ricketts places this poor run firmly down to playing too many games, injures, lack of training time, fatigue and the distraction of the cup run and Liverpool games.
A lot of that is valid, but there is an argument by fans that the marginal way which we play – super defensive without scoring many – has finally been found out. If you can get ahead versus us then you have a great chance to stay ahead. Added to this, the previously rock solid defence who kept 13 clean sheets up to Christmas now can’t buy a clean sheet. Individual errors being the main reason.
Who do you believe are Shrewsbury’s most dangerous players at the moment?
New signing Conor McAleny. Recently signed from Fleetwood, he has come in and actually looks like he wants to attack other teams playing in a number 10 role. He’s been unlucky not to have scored a few and has been a big part of the better work we have put into games in recent weeks. But he’s swimming against the tide of defensiveness!
It looks like you’ll be safe but nothing more this season. Where do you think the Shrews should be aiming for next season?
Top half and, like yourselves, with a chance of the Play-Offs with 10 games to go. We could and really should have been in that position this season and were on December 22nd. But 10 games without a win and you’re out of any Play-Off shake-up even in what I consider this season quite a poor League One. But with Ricketts and his style of play, I can’t see it.
What do you think will be the key battle on Saturday? And how do you see the game panning out?
Key battle will be if you can break down our defence in the opening 25 minutes and take the advantage, we may find it hard to come back from that. Keeping McAleny out of the game as much as possible is another big task you will have. The pressure is hugely on Ricketts this weekend with growing calls for him to be sacked. If you get ahead I feel like our crowd will turn massively.
Personally, I can see the run without a win going on to 11 and it being a 1-1 draw. Ricketts just has to be thankful Fey is not coming back to put a nail in his coffin!
Our thanks to Glyn for speaking with us about this weekend's game. Be sure to check out our live Match Day Coverage on Saturday over at our social media pages: @DRFC_ITEN on Twitter where we will be live tweeting the game and @drfc_iten on Instagram, where our Story will follow the Rovers away to Shropshire and back.