Tonight's game is a meeting between two sides whose season so far couldn't have been more different.
On Saturday, Shrewsbury's incredible 2017/18 campaign continued, as they got back to winning ways in the league at Rotherham. It was no easy feat, the Shrews had to dig deep for the 3 points after going down to ten men in the second half following Abu Ogogo's 53rd-minute dismissal. Having led initially, only to be pegged back after the sending off, Paul Hurst’s league leaders showed character and strength and managed to secure all three points with a late injury-time goal - something that has become somewhat of a secret weapon of the Shropshire side.
Shrewsbury do tend to concede away from home, but they are clinical in the final third. Away from home this season, tonight’s visitors have only failed to score once.
Bury haven't got much to shout about from Saturday's game as they were unable to bounce back against a strong Blackburn Rovers side, in the first league game between the sides since 1980. Marcus Antonsson’s first-half brace set the visitors on their way to picking up all three points. The win was secured with the third goal of the game with Bradley Dack following up on his two assists to pitch in with a goal in the 62nd minute.
Ryan Lowe looked dejected in his post-match interview, having asked the players to show more passion and personal pride after their defeat against Woking. His words only confirmed how he looked, saying “It doesn't get any easier, the boys have got to come out fighting for games.
“I'm trying to give players opportunities but they're not taking the chances we're giving them, and not performing. We might have to look at something different with personnel, we weren't getting runners in behind or creating chances.
“I have said to the players, it's up to them to battle, I don't want any excuses and they need to stand up and be counted.
“A reaction should have come today, and after the first 15 minutes, I thought we were getting one. I won't dwell on it, but it's time for the players to change in terms of personal pride and motivation.”
Shrewsbury Town boss Paul Hurst said he doesn’t want his players to put in an ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ performance against Bury on Tuesday night and doesn’t want his players getting carried away after Saturday’s result.
Hurst told the press on Monday that his players “ Were understandably high after the game, but that’s been and gone now and it’s onto the next challenge.
“They know that they will be asked by myself and Doigy to back that performance up. I don’t take too much notice of where Bury are in the league, but for me they’ve still got some very good players.
“Something’s not quite working for them, that’s obvious, but at the same time if they click on any given day they’ve got some players that would get into most teams in our league.
“They were one of the teams that I looked at and 100% they would have felt they had improved on the squad from last season.
“Expectation levels would have been raised dramatically because of the type of players they have managed to bring to the club, but it hasn’t quite worked out.
“Whoever does take charge, whether it’s Ryan Lowe permanently or another manager, they’ve certainly got a squad that are capable but sometimes it’s not as simple as that.”
That's what the players need to do, they need to show what they are capable of and meet the expectations of the club and the fans.
Bury are more than capable of hurting higher placed opposition having beat Blackburn away in the Football League Trophy, beating both Bradford and Oxford at home in the league and holding Charlton to a 1-1 draw at the Valley.
The Shakers look set to be without Neil Danns who came off in the first half of Saturday's game with a calf injury.
Shrewsbury skipper Abu Ogogo is unavailable as he starts a three-match suspension.
Shrewsbury’s side is likely to contain former Shakers Lenell John-Lewis and Joe Riley.
Joe Riley joined Shrewsbury in July 2016 for an undisclosed fee. He joined the Shakers in January 2015 and made 57 appearances for the club and scored two goals. Ironically, both goals were goal of the season winning goals with a stunning strike at Bramall Lane in September 2015 and an even better strike against his current club, Shrewsbury Town, at Gigg Lane in April of the previous season. Joe was a pivotal part of the 2014/15 promotion side.
Lenell John-Lewis ‘The Shop’ - needs no introduction to the Gigg Lane faithful. He made over 90 appearances for the Shakers, scoring 9 goals. Lenell joined Shrewsbury on a one-year deal with the option of a second after his contract with Newport County came to an end. It brought to an end a torrid couple of seasons with the Exiles, which saw him suffer a serious knee injury.
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Last Time Out
The last meeting between the two ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Shakers at New Meadow on 4th February 2017. Goals from Tyler Roberts and Freddie Ladapo gave Shrewsbury breathing space before Jacob Mellis pulled a late goal back for Bury.
Shrewsbury took the lead in the 47th minute when Roberts was picked out by a cross from Brown and the striker rifled home a powerful low shot from 15 yards.
Ladapo then fired wide of the near post and Toto Nsiala's header was nodded off the line by Vaughan before the hosts doubled their advantage in the 77th minute. A shot from Roberts was blocked and substitute Ladapo, on loan from Crystal Palace, pounced to turn in the loose ball from close range.
Bury did manage to pull a goal back in the 87th minute, with substitute Jacob Mellis slotting in after Leutwiler was unable to claim a cross, but Shrewsbury were not to be denied and they extended their unbeaten run to five games.
Tonight's referee is Sebastian Stockbridge.
So far this season, Sebastian has taken charge of 17 games – showing 55 yellow cards, whilst his red card has been shown on three occasions.
His last league game was on Saturday 11th November when he took charge of the EFL Sky Bet League One fixture between Scunthorpe United and Bristol Rovers at Glanford Park. It was a 1-0 win to the home side and four yellow cards were shown.
We’ve Met Before
Tonight’s game will be the 61st meeting between the two sides. The Shakers are currently on top having won 24 games, whilst Shrewsbury Town have won 19, with the sides drawing on 17 occasions.
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