Date: 26th November 2017 at 8:27pm
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Same old, same old, yes, that old opening. We are tasked with travelling to a team that haven’t lost at home all season in ALL competitions, and we ruin that record, not for the first time either. A week prior we beat Wigan in their own back yard who again were unbeaten all season (in the league) at home, and now at New Meadow. Shrewsbury Town had a tough season last season just avoiding relegation and now seem to be on a little bit of a struggling run, which many have been expecting. If I have to put money on how things will go, I would say the top 2 will be Wigan followed by Scunthorpe United come May, but as we all know, anything can happen.

Before we scored the goal, we were having slightly above half of the possession, but the rest of the stats were favouring Shrewsbury Town, so when we got the goal which was earned when Alex Gillead made a run on the right and struck a low cross into a very dangerous position only for Town defender Aristote Nsiala to deflect the cross into his own net to gift City their first own goal of the season, in fact, Nsiala’s own goal was the first own goal since November last year that City have created when Seamus Conneely in the FA Cup home loss to Accrington Stanley, a previous club of Nsiala.

A few will be Rouven wrong.
Colin Doyle will be a massive loss to McCall’s plans this season, and no matter what a small minority of fans may think, has been on decent form for the Bantams. Some fans have been wanting to see Doyle dropped, but with the knee injury which will keep Doyle out for a couple of months at worst, I am sure those same fans were gutted at the news, and now shifting their focus on Rouven Sattelmaier. In fact, Sattelmaier pulled off a couple of saves to protect the 3 points and the latest away win on the road, and if today’s match is anything to go by, Sattelmaier has an opportunity to deny Doyle a comeback when he is match fit. To date, Rouven has started 3 league games and has 2 clean sheets. It would be unfair to look at the trophy games. Let’s give him a chance, but no reason he can’t do well, and could actually be a blessing in disguise. Something needed doing with our back 4 and the keeper, McCall’s hand has been forced.

Half Time Shrews 0-0 City
Full Time City Shrews 0-1 City
Nsiala (55 OG)

Card watch
Luke Hendrie (24) First yellow card of the season
Rouven Sattelmaier (90) First yellow card of the season

Ref watch
Michael Salisbury booked only 2 players at New Meadow, Luke Hendrie and Rouven Sattelmaier who both received their first bookings of the season. A bit better than the previous City game Salisbury refereed earlier this season when he booked only 3 City players away at Walsall. 2017/18 Salisbury has officiated 17 games showing 43 yellows and 2 reds.


Line ups
Shrewsbury Town 4-1-4-1
Dean Henderson, Matthew Sadley (90 Lenell John-Lewis), Omar Beckles, James Bolton, Aristotle Nsiala, Ben Godfrey (73 Carlton Morris), Shaun Whalley, Bryn Morris, Jon Nolan, Alex Rodman, Stefan Payne

Bradford City 4-4-2
Rouven Sattelmaier, Matt Kilgallon, Luke Hendrie, Nat Knight-Percival, Tony McMahon, Jake Reeves, Romain Vincelot, Nicky Law (54 Tyrell Robinson), Alex Gillead, Charlie Wyke, Paul Taylor (76 Adam Thompson)

2017/18 City Scorers
8 – Charlie Wyke
5 – Alex Jones
4 – Dominic Poleon, Romain Vincelot
3 – Patrick Omari, Paul Taylor
2 – Nathaniel Knight-Percival, Matt Kilgallon
1 – Shay McCartan, Jacob Hanson, Tony McMahon, Adam Thompson, Alex Gillead, Tyrell Robinson
1- Own goals, Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town)

Upcoming fixtures
Plymouth Argyle (H) Sat 2nd Dec
Rochdale (H) Sat 9th Dec
Southend United (A) Sat 16th Dec
AFC Wimbledon (A) Sat 23rd Dec
Peterborough United (H) Tues 26th Dec

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