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READ | Opposition in focus - Shrewsbury Town

16 November 2017

Opposition in focus...

Shrewsbury provide the opposition for Paul Warne's Rotherham United as they visit AESSEAL New York Stadium in Sky Bet League One on Saturday. We take a look at who the Millers are facing in our opposition analysis...

In the Dugout

Former Rotherham player Paul Hurst will be the man in the dugout for Shrewsbury. The ex-left-back played 494 games for the Millers, spending 15 years at Rotherham, and was part of the 95/96 squad that won the Football League Trophy.

After hanging up his boots, he went into joint management with Rob Scott and took over Ilkeston Town. He also had joint management adventures, with Scott, at Boston United and Grimsby Town.

In the first season at Boston, he won the treble including gaining promotion to the Conference North and at Grimsby, after Scott had left, Hurst led the Mariners back into the Football League in 2016 via the Play-Offs.

He joined the Shrews in October 2016 and guided them to safety before an impressive start to the current campaign sees his side arrive in South Yorkshire at the top of the League One table.


The League One leaders suffered a rare league defeat last time out in the form of a 1-0 defeat to Peterborough United, which ended their 15 match unbeaten run in the league. However, Shrewsbury won their last game, which was a 5-0 victory against National League club Aldershot Town in the FA Cup.

They've had a week off after their game with Charlton Athletic was postponed due to international call-ups.

Previous Meetings

This is the 62nd time these teams have faced each other, with Rotherham winning 19.

There have been 15 draws and Shrewsbury have won 27.

The last time these teams met, Rotherham won away in January 2014.

Goals from Tom Hitchcock, Ben Pringle and James Tavernier secured the three points for the Millers in League One.

Ones to Watch

Some notable players in the Shrews' squad start with on loan Manchester United keeper Dean Henderson.

He has represented England's U16 and U17s squads and currently is the number one for the England U20s as well as the Shrews. He has been integral in helping the Shropshire club to becoming the second meanest defence in Sky Bet League One.

Ex-Accrington defender Omar Beckles partners DR Congo international Aristote Nsiala in the heart of the defence, with ex Manchester United youngster Joe Riley on the right and former Crewe man Junior Brown on the left.

In the midfield, the on loan Norwich City duo Ben Godfrey and Ebou Adams have received rave reviews for their performances in the engine room, with wingers Shaun Whalley and Alex Rodman netting four goals each and having 12 assists between them.

Upfront, on loan Norwich striker, and former Miller, Carlton Morris has scored five in the league for the Shrews and is partnered with Stefan Payne. Former Barnsley attacker Payne is the Shrews' top scorer with seven goals since making a summer move from Oakwell.

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