The pre-game ramble: Shrewsbury
The games are coming thick and fast, which isn’t particularly a good thing while our feeble Sky Blues continue to fanny around with figuring out who the new boss will be.
As if away trips weren’t tricky enough, the next visit sees us off to a newly promoted team who have only lost once at home in 15 months. On the other hand, that defeat actually came just last week. Can the Sky Blues finally get a bloody grip of themselves and take advantage?
How are they getting on?
Not great. There’s not much you can expect from any promoted team, but as we’re seeing more and more nowadays, momentum can have a huge impact on a team following a successful campaign, especially in the early fixtures.
Shrewsbury haven’t quite managed that however and sit in 19th place, a few places above us (eurgh – how utterly despicable that sounds).
They’ve only won once all season, with that coming a month ago in the league against Preston. If we can find a way of beating them on Tuesday night, we’ll also jump ahead of them in the table. Fairly insignificant you may say, but it’s not like we’re doing anything else particularly interesting at the minute.
Who could cause us trouble?
Remember big Jermaine Grandison? We’ll he’s there, being all tall and that. He’s already grabbed a goal from defence so far this year so I fully expect him to be giving it a right old go at set pieces.
A Wales under-21 player was our undoing against Tranmere, and the Shrews have another Welsh youngster who could very well cause us some bother. Striker Tom Bradshaw is 20 years old and having been handed the number 9 shirt vacated by James Collins following his move to Swindon, he’s looking to secure the spot in the team on a more permanent basis this year.
The other Welshman to take note of is former Cardiff winger Paul Parry, who has scored a couple of goals already since his move from Preston in the summer. He always showed a lot of ability back in his Championship days, and having seen what 32 year old Andy Robinson could do for Tranmere at the weekend, we should probably be wary of Parry’s quality.
Sky Blues team news
It’s likely to be Richard Shaw’s final hoorah as boss, and following the incomprehensible changes he was guilty of making throughout the previous game, heaven only knows what sort of line up he’s planning.
Joint top scorer Cody McDonald didn’t even make it onto the pitch against Tranmere, although you would expect to see him appear at some point against Shrewsbury following the fans’ bemusement at that decision.
We’re all pretty keen to see John Fleck back in the squad too, even if we haven’t got a bloody clue how good he is yet. Desperation may see him play a more prolonged role in this game.
The defence may have remained the same for a few games, but considering the sloppy nature of the goals that were conceded, you have to think that Shaw will look to make some adjustments here, with Edjenguele possibly missing out.
The midfield unit is also not proving effective at the moment, so a change could be due here, with Baker and Barton again looking most likely to be fighting for their places in the starting eleven.
With Shaw in charge, I just can’t see any momentum or belief in the squad that they can beat anyone at the moment. They’re still receiving compliments from all angles however, and most teams seem to be positioning themselves as underdogs against us.
That’s not really suiting us during this period of low confidence. I’m certainly not feeling very confident about things right now and am having visions of a disappointing 2-0 defeat. Awful, I know.