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19:00 3rd December 2015
By  Andy Phillips

Shrewsbury Preview

Town will look to upset the odds in the televised Emirates FA Cup Second Round tie with Shrewsbury Town at Blundell Park on Monday night.

The BT Sport cameras will be in town as the Mariners look to build on five victories in a row in all competitions against the Shrews, who are currently two leagues and 32 places above Town in the football pyramid. 

Shrewsbury currently lie 19th in League One, having won 6 of their 20 games so far following promotion from League Two last season. They reached this stage of the FA Cup with another visit to Lincolnshire, beating Gainsborough Trinity 1-0 in October.

Micky Mellon's side began their league campaign with a 2-1 defeat at home to Millwall but upset Blackburn at Ewood Park in the League Cup days later to make it through to the second round, where they were beaten by Crystal Palace. After no win in their opening five league games, they beat Barnsley, Southend and Blackpool in September and have been fairly inconsistent in their results since then, winning three, drawing one and losing six of their last ten games.

With the change in kick-off time meaning the Third Round draw will take place prior to kick-off, the fact that both sides will know who awaits the victor in the next round could, depending on who comes out of the hat, also add some spice to the occasion.


Town boss Paul Hurst has one injury concern for the game, with defender Danny East a doubt with a foot injury picked up training on Wednesday. Loan players Alex Jones, James Alabi, Conor Townsend and Conor Henderson, have all been given permission to take part in the game, so there is a full squad to choose from otherwise.

Shrewsbury will be without former Rangers midfielder Ian Black for the game after he was sent off in their game at Walsall last week. Loanees Sullay Kaikai and Larnell Cole have been given permission to play in the game, whilst former Town striker Jean-Louis Akpa- Akpro could make a return to Blundell Park if given the nod. .

The referee for Monday's game is Seb Stockbridge and to find out a bit more about him, click here


Manager Micky Mellon took charge at the New Meadow in the summer of 2014 and guided the club to promotion last season at the first attempt.

Mellon began his managerial career at Fleetwood Town in 2008, earning promotion from the National League North via the play-offs in 2010 and later winning the National League title  in 2012 during his time there.

After leaving Fleetwood in December 2012, he had a spell as assistant manager and later caretaker manager at Barnsley before his return to senior management at Shrewsbury.


Winger Sullay Kaikai is the current League One Player of the Month and has impressed at the Shrews this season.

The talented 20-year-old has been on loan from Crystal Palace since September, scoring 5 goals in 13 for the Shrews during that spell and is earning rave reviews for his performances.

Kaikai has been at Palace since the age of 15 and has had loan spells at Crawley Town and then Cambridge United, where he played alongside Town defender Richard Tait in their games against Manchester United and picked up their Young Player of the Year award last campaign.


Shrewsbury: WLLWLWLWDL


''I've had quite a long look at them to be honest and got a lot of information on them, taken in a couple of games and watched and a couple of others. We're well drilled on them but then they could make changes.
''It's the FA Cup, it's a different scenario for us. We're the underdogs, which is unusual for us. We want to do ourselves justice so I'm hoping the players can rise to that challenge.'' Paul Hurst