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Match preview: Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town

26 August 2023

Match Previews

Match preview: Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town

26 August 2023

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Fleetwood Town face Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 26 August at Highbury Stadium in Sky Bet League One, and in this preview we tell you all you need to know about the fixture in FY7.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Shrewsbury Town

Competition: Sky Bet League One

Date & kick-off: Saturday 26 August 2023 (3pm)

Venue: Highbury Stadium

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FLEETWOOD TOWN
 
Fleetwood are without a win under their belt this campaign with three losses in a row in the league - the most recent a 1-0 loss away at Derby County a week ago with Martyn Waghorn's goal in the first half being the only difference - however, there is optimism in the Town camp that the first three points of the season aren't too far away with club captain (and an ex-player of this weekend's opposition) Josh Vela recently speaking on how every member of the squad understands results need to improve quickly and what it means to the team to get the first win for the fans.
 
With no goals scored in three matches, Fleetwood will be looking for fortunes to change in the opposition box - there is no shortage of ammunition in Town's ranks on who can spear-head the attack as in the past few weeks the likes of Promise Omochere, Ryan Gradyon, Jayden Stockley and Jack Marriott have all owned the striker's position but it hasn't quite clicked yet for momentum, something the squad knows something has to change in order to pick-up more positive results.
 
With aims to make Highbury a difficult place to come for opposition fans, the Cods understand that ruthlessness needs to occur in both boxes and that they can't make it easy for their opposition to get the ball into dangerous areas as easy as they have in the games they have played this season - with the addition of defensive-minded Bosun Lawal from Celtic who will be looking to start infront of the Highbury crowd for the first time, head coach Scott Brown is doing all he can to sure it up at the back.
 
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SHREWSBURY TOWN
 
Shrewsbury make the journey from Shropshire to Lancashire with the aim to start gaining some momentum as their start to the season has seen a mixed-bag of results with two wins and two losses to their name. With a week to prepare for their fixture against the Cods after a 1-0 loss to Lincoln City at home last time out, Salop's head coach Matt Taylor has told their club website that his players have the capability to bounce back after disappointment at home to The Imps but he knows Fleetwood won't be an easy fixture at Highbury.
 
Shrewsbury sit in a comfortable 12th place in the Sky Bet League One table with aims of rising up the leaderboard; they know they'll need every player in their squad to play a part, especially with their latest signing of the highly-rated young forward Kieran Phillips from Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town. Phillips, has gained valuable mens' football experience with Walsall, Exeter City and most recently Morecambe, has scored a combined total of 14 goals in his loans, a number Shrewsbury will be hoping to increase in his time at The Croud Meadow stadium this campaign.
 
With 500 tickets sold so far with that number looking like it may increase, the travelling Salop fans will be hoping for a good afternoon out on the Fylde Coast as they look to pick up their first away win of the season - more fire in the bellies of Shrewsbury's attackers however may be needed to make it an ideal afternoon though, as the side currently sit 23rd in the division for shots on target per match so far this campaign.
 
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LAST TIME THE TWO SIDES MET
 
It was a resounding 3-0 win for The Cods the last time these two sides faced each other, with goals from Admiral Muskwe, Omochere and an own-goal by Cheyenne Dunkley - with three goals to Fleetwood's name at the last meeting at the Montgomery Waters Meadow (name at the time), there is no doubt a similar result will be appreciated this time round, especially the clean sheet, something Town have failed to achieve in five matches this season.
 
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WHAT STEVEN WHITTAKER HAD TO SAY AHEAD OF THE GAME
 
"We aren't far away, the last few performances are more what we are looking for, but we have switched off in vital times and have been punished for it. We're looking to bounce back against Shrewsbury and hopefully kickstart our season with a home win, I want to win every game and I am sure the players are no different.
 
"We don't go into games thinking we aren't capable of beating anyone in this league, we have shown that we are capable of beating anyone in this league - each game is an individual one and each are valued as three points on the day. We just need to do our jobs to the best we can so the players can go and perform which means we take each game as it comes and the points will come.
 
"I'm expecting a reaction and I am hoping we can up our levels going into the next game, we want to pride ourselves in home performances and the stat of ours one loss in the last 10 at home before Cambridge makes here a hard place to come."
 
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IFOLLOW PASSES AVAILABLE TO BUY
 
On the day of the game, there will be two matchday packages available for both overseas and, one for UK-based supporters - buy your iFollow pass HERE!
 
Video Match Pass - £10 (Overseas only)
 
Audio Match Pass - £2.50 (U.K and Overseas)
 
Those who choose the Audio Match Pass option will get access to just the commentary, which will be provided by our partners, BBC Radio Lancashire. Season passes are available with audio passes for only £45 for the season, for all UK-based members of the Cod Army!
 
If you want to buy a package for the rest of the season, you can find more details by heading over to our iFollow page.
 

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