LiveRECAP: Shrewsbury Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 2: Butler's return to the team brings change of fortunes

Andy Butler’s return to the side coincided with Doncaster Rovers finally getting back to winning ways at Shrewsbury Town.

Saturday, 17th April 2021, 2:31 pm
New Meadow. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Taylor Richards earned Rovers their first win in ten attempts.

Butler resorted to picking himself in the team after some shocking defensive displays – and the result was a first clean sheet in eight games.

RECAP the game below.

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Shrewsbury Town v Doncaster Rovers

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LIVE: Shrewsbury Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 2

Last updated: Saturday, 17 April, 2021, 14:25

GOAL: Okenabirhie (15), Richards (80)

Shrewsbury: Sarkic; Pennington, Ebanks-Landell, Williams (Walker 46); Davis, Norburn, Vela, Ogbeta; Chapman; Whalley, Udoh (Caton 77). Subs: Burgoyne, Edwards, Sears, Love, Main.

Rovers: Balcombe; Wright, Anderson, Butler, James; Smith, Bostock; Coppinger (John-Jules 61), Richards, Sims (Lokilo 74); Okenabirhie. Subs: Jones, John, Horton, Greaves, Williams.

Referee: Andy Davies.

How good does that feel?

A win for Doncaster Rovers - ending a five match run of defeats and a nine game sequence without victory.

And they deserved it too.

They played like a side with the weight lifted off their shoulders. It wasn’t the most sparkling performance but there was a real energy and confidence about them that has been absent for too long.

You can’t say that the inclusion of Andy Butler did not make a difference. His performance was excellent this afternoon but he wasn’t the only one. Taylor Richards too looked much more like himself once more.

Now, let’s have a look at that league table.

FOUR minutes

Ed Williams replaces Taylor Richards

80min GGGGGOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL!!!! ROVERS!!

TAYLOR RICHARDS!

A superb finish from the Brighton loanee and Rovers have a cushion in this game!

Fejiri Okenabirhie nipped in to get his toe in ahead of a Shrewsbury defender after another slack pass, sending the ball forward for Richards who raced clear before smashing into the roof off the net.

Jason Lokilo replaces Josh Sims

68min Big, big, big chance

Good play from Rovers and it should be 2-0. John Bostock plays a lovely-weighted pass for Tyreece John-Jules to get in behind and cut a pass back for Fejiri Okenabirhie who turns and shoots narrowly wide of the near post.

64min John-Jules watch

Tyreece John-Jules has been a direct replacement for Coppinger, lining up on the right of the attacking midfield three. And it’s safe to say he has looked a little rusty so far.

Just before the substitution, Rovers had a good chance to double their advantage. Josh Sims was one on one on half way as he collected a clearance. He raced forward with players coming in support. After exchanging passes with Fejiri Okenabirhie to take him into the box, he slipped and the chance was gone.

Tyreece John-Jules replaces James Coppinger

60mins Here comes John-Jules

The Arsenal striker is ready to come on

Harry Chapman exxhanges a decent one-to with David Davis on the edge of the box but blasts well over

1.32pm Back underway

1.20pm Good, could be better, but good

Doncaster Rovers lead at half time in a game for the first time since March 6.

And they’ve been pretty good for it in a competitive game where both sides have had their moments.

It was a great finish from Fejiri Okenabirhie to put Rovers in front. While chances have hardly been plentiful since, there is a decent amount of threat in the side with the likes of Taylor Richards looking much more like the player we came to know in the first half of the campaign.

There has been sloppiness in the middle of the park which has hampered their opportunity to control the game. And there is a bit of vulnerability from set pieces.

On the Andy Butler front, it has been a largely successful decision to name himself in the side. He could easily have conceded a penalty but he has done the simple things very well.

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