The View From The Opposition: Shrewsbury Town

MILLWALL'S opponents on Tuesday night are 21st-placed Shrewsbury, who could move out of the relegation zone with a win at Greenhous Meadow.

The Shrews came to The Den and took all three points in December, although Millwall dominated the match. Since then, they have moved up three places from bottom, and have a game in hand on struggling Gillingham one place above them.

Millwall defeated Scunthorpe 3-1 on Saturday after playing some of their best football of the season, even without key players Jordan Archer and Lee Gregory.

Lucas Ball spoke to Shrews fan Chris Brayne ahead of Tuesday's crucial clash.

Why do you support Shrewsbury?: I've supported Shrewsbury all my life, it's the town where I was born and I still live here now.

Both of my kids are massive Town fans for the same reason (although it's not easy sometimes!). There is definitely no Premier League bandwagon in our house. I believe in the importance of supporting your local team regardless of how they are doing.

Do you think that the Shrews have enough about them to beat Millwall?: It all depends on if the team can keep their composure for the first 20 minutes and not let their heads go down if things aren't going to plan.

I personally can't see us getting much from the game, but you never know.

Shrewsbury have only picked up two points out of a possible 15, what has been the problem of late?: I'm not really sure on this one.

We have dropped too many points against teams we should be beating (Coventry, Chesterfield, Port Vale). We had a great run of form when Paul Hurst took over, but I'm concerned that the novelty of a new manager has worn off as we seem to be going through the motions.

Who are the Shrews' danger men?: The real danger men for the Town, in my eyes, are Louis Dodds (who scored the only goal at The Den in December) and young Tyler Roberts who is on loan from West Bromwich Albion and will certainly be one to watch in the coming years.

Who will be the biggest threat from Millwall's side?: I expect Steve Morison to cause us problems as an experienced striker, but after your win at the weekend, confidence will be high throughout your side, potentially causing us a lot of issues.

What formation and line-up do you expect your side to play?: I would expect the formation to be a 3-5-2, but as for the line-up, your guess is as good as mine.

Hurst seems to be a big fan of squad rotation so quite often fans have no idea as to what the starting XI will be.

Probable Shrewsbury team: Leutwiller; Riley, Nsiala, Sadler; Brown, Whalley, Deegan, Dodds, Rodman; Roberts, Ladapo

Finally, a score prediction?: I can't see us getting much from the game, to be honest, based on current form and confidence in the Millwall ranks.

Although we really need all three points I wouldn't be unhappy with a draw.

Prediction: Shrewsbury 1-1 Millwall.

Graphic: @ShedCreative 



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