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.

By Ashley Booker
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, 16:35

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  • Shrews winless in League One since December 21
  • Coppinger and Cole in for Blair and Okenabirhie
  • Alex Baptiste returns to matchday squad

We're underway at New Meadow!

Good positive start from Rovers

2' Rovers make a bright start with some neat passing in the opening two minutes before Brad Halliday's ball into the box is safely gathered by Max O'Leary.

Cameron John sticks out a foot to deflect Josh Laurent's shot behind for a corner. 

Rovers looking comfortable in possession without really threatening. Neither 'keeper called into action in the opening 14 minutes on a very blustery day here in Shropshire.

After long periods of Rovers possession, Town see a bit of the ball with Callum Long and Josh Vela both firing shots well wide of Seny Dieng's goal.

Hearts in mouth time for Rovers fans as a looping corner from Vela hangs in the air, sparking a mini-scramble before Dieng collects it. 

It's a difficult day for the two 'keepers in this howling gale.

Ben Sheaf curls a shot high and wide from just inside the penalty box after a fine through ball by Jacob Ramsey following more good possession by Rovers.

The home fans are not happy with referee Andy Woolmer who declines to book either Ben Whiteman and Ben Sheaf for fouling Callum Lang. 

Ramsey shoots from 20 yards after a jinking run, but sees his shot comfortably saved by O'Leary.

Rovers have played well in parts and have looked comfortable in possession, with Jacob Ramsey at the heart of most of Darren Moore's side's moves.

Chances have been few and far between at either end, with the best chance of the half coming from Ben Sheaf when he curled a shot high into the Salop Leisure Stand in the 29th minute.

At the other end, Seny Dieng has had little to do as Rovers' defence has stood firm.

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