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Preview: Shrewsbury Town (A)

29 December 2020

Blackpool travel to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday evening in the Club’s last match of 2020.

It will be the first game the Seasiders have played in ten days, with the previous two matches against Sunderland and Rochdale AFC postponed due to positive cases of Coronavirus within the opposition squads.

Blackpool come into Tuesday’s game on the back of impressive form, having lost just once in nine league matches, and sit in 12th place coming into the fixture – five points off of the play-off places. Chris Maxwell and Matty Virtue will be missing for the fixture, whilst Sam Walker is in line to make a debut for the Club, after joining from Reading on an emergency loan deal on Christmas Eve.

Shrewsbury are in impressive form themselves heading into Tuesday’s game and have been boosted by the appointment of Steve Cotterill as manager back in November. At the time of his appointment, Shrewsbury were on an eight game winless run and were just one point off of the bottom of the league table. Six league games later and the side are unbeaten and have picked up impressive victories at Hull and Lincoln, and sit three points clear of the drop zone in 17th place.

Last Time We Met:

Shrewsbury secured a narrow 1-0 victory at Bloomfield Road last time the two sides met in December 2019, courtesy of Fejiri Okenabirhie second half penalty.

Blackpool’s most recent visit to New Meadow ended in a 0-0 draw back in August 2018.

The Key Player: Shaun Whalley

33-year-old Shaun Whalley is one of Shrewsbury’s longest serving players, having been at the Club since 2015. He is the Club’s top scorer heading into Tuesday’s game, having five league goals to his name this season.

Whalley has also represented the likes of Luton Town, Accrington Stanley and Southport in his career.

Neil Critchley:

“We’re facing an in-form team. Steve is an experienced manager and has gone in there and had an immediate impact. To go to Hull, Doncaster and Lincoln and to win those games shows you what they’re about.”

Steve Cotterill:

“We know that Blackpool are going to be offering up a good challenge. We want to give them a good challenge too. They play with both styles. I don't think there is just one style that you could pick out. We are looking forward to the game. The lads are all looking good so hopefully it stays that way."

Watch The Match Live:

The match at New Meadow is available to watch live on iFollow.

You can purchase a match pass for the game for £10, here.

Kick off for the game is 7:45pm.

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