Report: Shrewsbury 1-1 Bristol Rovers

These two teams have not had the best of starts to their respective League One campaigns with just one win between them this season.

No side was able to claim a much needed three points and that win that would potentially spark new hope and resurrection in their slow campaigns.

For Rovers, Darrell Clarke admitted this week that August was a complete write-off and he was very unhappy with how the first month of the campaign went for his team.

The first day and game of September bought some encouragement to the Rovers boss,

“Got to use this as a building block.”

The way we defended at times and defended our box, we just didn’t defend that one ball that came in our box.”

I am pleased with the efforts of the boys.”

Rovers made moves in the loan market this week with Jack Bonham and Joe Martin both signing and they also made their debuts with the club.

The debuts for both were of very mixed reviews.

Bonham impressed with a commanding display and made some excellent saves in what was a good debut for him.

Meanwhile, Joe Martin on his debut was sent off for two bookings and left Rovers trying to hold on to their 1-0 lead.

The performance from the Gas in the first half was not an exciting one as they failed to conjure up chances.

The second half was a lot different.

Rovers just five minutes into the second half were given a questionable penalty when Ollie Clarke tumbled in the box from a Luke Waterfall challenge.

The penalty taker was a man who Shrewsbury fans knew very well.

Stefan Payne who only just a few weeks ago departed them to join Rovers stepped up and tucked away the penalty much to the annoyance of the home supporters who once adored him.

The red card to Joe Martin single-handedly changed the whole complexion of the game.

He received two yellow cards and his second yellow in truth was a very silly challenge from him.

Already on a card, he recklessly dived in and fouled Alex Gilliead and was given his marching orders.

Minutes later a cross bounced off Daniel Leadbitter and went in and the lead disappeared.

Rovers then had to work very hard to cling on to a point which they did do.


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