Rowett's Shrews Assessment

Gary Rowett

GARY ROWETT says that Saturday’s comeback draw against Shrewsbury Town showed that his side are fighting as one to turn around their fortunes.

The Potters had fallen behind in their Emirates FA Cup third round tie at the Montgomery Waters Meadow but managed to force an equaliser and take the tie to a replay.

Ollie Norburn’s penalty, following a trip inside the box, allowed the hosts to take the lead on the stroke of half time before a triple substitution by Rowett in the second half teed up the leveller.

Tyrese Campbell’s surge and cross into the box was flicked on by Mame Diouf to the far post where former England international Peter Crouch was waiting to poke home from close range.

The 1-1 result means the Potters will face the Shrews once again, this time at bet365 Stadium on Tuesday 15th January, 8.00pm (subject to movement for any TV broadcast selection).

Speaking shortly after the full-time whistle in Shropshire, Rowett said: “It was always going to be a tough game coming away from home in an FA Cup tie against a side with improved results in League One. The pitch was a difficult pitch to play on and move the ball quickly too.

“I felt in the first half, that whilst we were in quite a bit of control, we didn’t create enough opportunities. When we did play with a little bit more pace and urgency we got into better positions without the final ball. We get into good positions and have to show a bit more composure which we’ve spoken about before.

“We then concede a really poor goal. Forty-eight minutes were on the clock when we decided to dribble the ball out of our own penalty area. Ultimately, we’ve made another mistake which has given them a lifeline when they hadn’t really created much up until that point.

“Second half we came out and started quite well. We were in control and it was a case of whether we could turn that into chances.

“The three substitutes coming on made a big difference. We went with two strikers to start with and that didn’t work so we tried with three. The changes worked in the end and all three combined for the goal.

“We couldn’t quite find the winner but it’s a result. It’s not the one we wanted but we showed character, that we are positive inside the dressing room and fighting as a team regardless of the negativity around.”