Skip to main content

The Preview: Shrewsbury v Blues

Posted: Mon 22 Jul 2013
Image by: Pete Stanley looks ahead to Tuesday evening's pre-season fixture against Shrewsbury Town at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).

Lee Clark on the test he expects Shrewsbury to pose his side...
"I enjoyed the game against Oxford on Saturday. They gave us a tough test and it wasn’t played like a friendly game, it was played like a proper league match. Everybody wanted to do their best and I think Shrewsbury will give us another good test on Tuesday.

"We played Shrewsbury last year and they gave us a good game and they have a good little stadium and that’s why I took it again."

Clark on his players cementing a first-team spot...
"I said to them this morning that there are two games left to earn that opportunity against Watford and to not to give up their place in the starting XI without a fight.

"I’ll be expecting the next two games (against Shrewsbury and Hull) to be strong performances. Obviously they are different types of tests for us, in that one is against a League One side and the other Premier League opposition.

"When it comes to next Sunday and Monday after we've completed all our pre-season games and I’m sitting down with my staff deciding what team I’m going to go with in the first league game against Watford I want it to be a difficult decision."

Team news:
Lee Novak (hamstring), Nikola Zigic (back), Darren Ambrose (groin), Will Packwood (leg) and Jonathan Spector (broken cheekbone) will all miss out for Blues.

Blues striker Akwasi Asante is currently on loan at Shrewsbury and would have been eligible to play against his parent club, but he picked up a hamstring strain at the weekend and is not likely to figure.

Ticket news
Shrewsbury have now confirmed that Blues supporters can now pay on the gate at the Greenhous Meadow Stadium. Click here for full details.

Fact pack
- Manchester United boss David Moyes played for the Shrews for three years between 1987-90
- Prior to moving to the Greenhouse Meadow stadium in 2007, Shrewsbury had five previous home grounds.
- Their most successful manager is Graham Turner, who won the Third Division Championship in 1978–79 – his first season in charge and took the club into the Second Division for the first time.
- The club's colours have always featured blue.
- Formed in 1886, Shrewsbury were only elected to the Football League in 1950.