Blues face second placed Shrewsbury tomorrow, in the last game of 2017, as Phil Brown's side aim to finish the year with a win...
Head to head
The two sides first met on 6th October 1951, with the result ending 1-0 to Blues. Since then we have played Shrewsbury a total of 64 times, winning 28, drawing 16 and losing 20 games.
The last time out
The last time Shrewsbury visited Roots Hall was 29th October 2016, the result ended 1-1 after two first half goals, one from visiting Adam El-Abd and the other from Stephen McLaughlin. The draw kept Shrewsbury Town at the bottom of League One, but also pushed Blues down one place into 16th due to our goal difference.
Blues team news
Michael Kightly is still out injured and should be fit in the New Year. Michael Timlin is recovering from his ankle ligament injury which he picked up during Blues game against Bradford. Ted Smith is continuing his rehabilitation from his shoulder injury, and Rob Kiernan is still sidelined for the next few months.
Shrews team news
Shrewsbury will be monitoring several unnamed players before tomorrow’s game as boss Paul Hurst aims to pick a strong side to face Blues. Midfielder Bryn Morris and striker Stefan Payne are among those pushing for a recall to the line up, while Zak Jules and fellow defender Junior Brown remain unavailable with hamstring and knee injuries. On-loan Wolves forward Niall Ennis returned to his parent club to continue his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Boxing Day brace
Last year Blues striker Simon Cox bagged a brace to help Blues earn a comfortable 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon, this year the striker also scored two goals to help Phil Brown’s side earn all three points. After his late Christmas present the striker went on to score 10 goals in the second half of the season. Can he go on to score more than 10 in the second half of the season?