Shrewsbury Town 1 v 0 Doncaster Rovers RECAP: Darren Moore's side lose ground on play-offs after second successive defeat

Doncaster Rovers slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Shrewsbury Town at a blustery New Meadow on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020, 5:49 pm

Rovers were hoping to gain ground on the top six but succumbed to Town skipper Dave Edwards’ 76th minute header as the home side won their first game in League One since December 21. The defeat leaves Darren Moore’s side still in 11th place, but six points behind Fleetwood Town who are in the final play-off berth.

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Darren Moore will be hoping his Doncaster Rovers side can return to winning ways at Shrewsbury Town today. Photo: Frank Reid.

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Last updated: Saturday, 22 February, 2020, 15:28

  • Rovers look to return to winning ways
  • Moore's side go into game five points shy of play-off spots
  • Shrews winless in League One since December 21
  • Coppinger and Cole in for Blair and Okenabirhie
  • Alex Baptiste returns to matchday squad

The lowdown on today's opponents

Moore pays tribute Harry Gregg - minute's silence before today's game

Halliday says consistency is key for play-off push

ROVERS: Darren Moore's side make the trip to Shropshire looking to bounce back from last week's eventful 2-1 reverse at Gillingham. They will be without ex-Town striker Fejiri Okenabirhie after his red card at the Gills, but Moore says central defender Alex Baptiste is in the matchday squad following his long lay-off after sustaining an Achilles injury in just his second game for the club in August. Reece James is still missing after suffering a leg injury in the win over Bolton earlier this month.

SHREWSBURY: The Shrews were thrust into the national spotlight when they held Premier League champions-elect Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup fourth round last month, before bowing out to a youthful Reds side in a replay at Anfield. But Sam Ricketts' side are 10 without a win in the league and will be monitoring injured trio Shaun Whalley, Brad Walker and Josh Vela. Town have taken four points from the last 30 available and are also without a clean sheet during that run.

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Another windy weekend on the road

The players are here and checking out the surroundings

The team news is in . . .

Moore makes two changes to his starting line-up

Rovers boss Darren Moore has made two changes to his starting XI for today's game against Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow, with Devante Cole and James Coppinger coming in for Matty Blair and the suspended Fejiri Okenabirhie respectively.

Elsewhere, former QPR and Blackpool central defender Alex Baptiste returns to the matchday squad for the first time since sustaining an Achilles injury at Rochdale in August.

And the visitors' team news . . .

The players are being put through their paces ahead of kick-off

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