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Big match preview: Fleetwood v Shrewsbury

20 November 2016

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Everything you need to know ahead of home match with Shrews...

The Cod Army play their third consecutive home game on Tuesday as they host Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One.


Fleetwood will be looking for a repeat result from those last two games – a win, against a Shrewsbury side who have won just once in their last five Sky Bet League One games.


, two points outside the play-offs.thShrewsbury sit second bottom of the table on 14 points, four points from safety, whilst the Cod Army sit 10


Last Time Out


Uwe Rosler’s side recorded a deserved win over a struggling Chesterfield side, six days after the Emirates FA Cup extra-time thrashing over non-league Southport.


Amari’i Bell gave Town the lead in the first half as he turned in David Ball’s cross. Cian Bolger and Ashley Eastham had chances to double the lead, but it was substitute wing-back Victor Nirrenold who eventually did, as he stretched to convert Ashley Hunter’s cross on 62 minutes.


Four minutes later, David Ball tripped Kristian Dennis in the box, and Jay O’Shea fired the spot kick past Alex Cairns, but it wasn’t enough to produce a Chesterfield comeback as the visitors succumbed to an eighth successive defeat.


Shrewsbury’s last outing came at Bramall Lane as they lost 2-1 to an in form Sheffield United.


United took just eight minutes to take the lead as Billy Sharp collected a neat through ball and slid the ball past goalkeeper Mark Halstead, before Shrewsbury’s Jim O’Brien was sent off for fouling Dan Lafferty in the box. Halstead saved Sharp’s subsequent penalty, however.


Just minutes later though, The Blades doubled their lead through ex-Fleetwood loanee Stefan Scougall who poked home from instead the area.


The Shrews were reduced to nine men in first half stoppage time as Abu Ogogo received his marching orders for a high tackle.


Shrewsbury did score a consolation midway through the second half though, as Louis Dodds converted Gary Deegan’s cross.


Ones to watch


Sylvain Ebanks Blakewill be one player that Fleetwood fans should be wary of on Tuesday evening. The former Manchester United youngster is best known for his stint at Wolverhampton Wanderers where he scored 77 times in over 150 games, and features for them during their time in the Premier League. The prolific striker is currently on loan at the Shrews from Chesterfield, and has also featured for Plymouth when they were in the Championship, making over 60 appearances in his two year stay. He also won promotion to the Championship with Preston North End.


is another forward who could pose a threat. In his six years at Crewe as a youngster he spent time on loan at Halifax Town, Newcastle Town, IBV of Iceland, and Curzon Ashton, before forcing his way into the first team. He went on to play over 100 games for the Alex, before signing for Yeovil Town. Having only scored twice in his season at Yeovil, he signed for Port Vale. He scored his first Vale goal in 2-1 win at Barnsley and earned the PFA Player of the Month for January after scoring four goals in as many games. Leitch-Smith then signed for Shrewsbury in the summer, and scored his first goal in the first minute of a League Cup win at home to Huddersfield Town.AJ Leitch-SmithA product of Crewe Alexandra’s youth system,


is an experienced head in Shrewsbury’s back four, having played Premier League football for Birmingham City. He made 50 appearances in his six years with The Blues before signing for Watford. After loan spells at Shrewsbury and Stockport, Sadler became a fans favourite after signing for Walsall, and played 46 times for the Saddlers. Sadler then signed for Crawley Town and became a stalwart in the Reds’ defence during his two seasons, featuring in every minute of every game in Crawley’s debut League One season. He repeated this feat in the following season but was eventually released at the end of the season. He signed for Championship side Rotherham, before returning to Crawley on loan, and then signed permanently for Shrewsbury in the summer of 2015.Mat SadlerDefender

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