SPOTLIGHT ON SHREWSBURY: Shrews close in on Will Grigg, an awful Posh record, a goalshy former forward departs and the big match odds

Posh top scorer Jonson Clarke-HarrisPosh top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris
Posh top scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris
Shrewsbury Town assistant manager Aaron Wilbraham is confident his team can see off the threat of Jonson Clarke-Harris and co when Peterborough United visit the Montgomery Waters Meadow for a League One match tomorrow (January 30, 3pm).

Clarke-Harris is joint top scorer in League One with 13 goals and with his attacking partners Sammie Szmodics and Siriki Dembele showing decent form, Posh have a forward line capable of wreaking havoc.

But Wilbraham told the Shropshire Star: “Jonson Clarke-Harris has a tremendous left foot, but our lads have done very well against some top strikers. They will have to be on their game on Saturday though.

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“It will be a tough test and they are a good side. They play a similar formation to us. When a team is flying high, you want to compete against them. We have stood up well against the tougher teams in the league this year and we will be looking to do it again on Saturday.”

Jason Cummings after scoring for Posh.Jason Cummings after scoring for Posh.
Jason Cummings after scoring for Posh.


1) Posh have an awful record away to Shrewsbury in Football League matches. They’ve won just five and lost 11 of 27 trips. Last season Posh performed poorly and went down 1-0. They last won this fixture towards the end of the 2015-16 season when former Shrew Jon Taylor grabbed a late winner to seal a 4-3 win after Posh had been pegged back from 3-0 up.

2) Former Posh striker Jason Cummings left Shrewsbury for Scottish Championship side Dundee yesterday. The Scot didn’t score a League One goal this season. The Shrews were trying to secure Sunderland striker Will Grigg on loan today, although Oxford United are also keen. Grigg also hasn’t scored a League One goal this season.

The Shrews paired vastly experienced forward Leon Clarke with new loan signing Harry Chapman at Sunderland last week. Chapman, a Blackburn Rovers player, looked sharp.

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Shaun Whalley is the Shrews’ top scorer this season with five goals, one more than centre-back Aaron Pierre.

Captain and midfielder Oliver Norburn is the best player at Shrewsbury. He’s so good Posh once tried to sign him.

Shrewsbury signed left-back Nathanael Ogbeta from Manchester City this week.

3) Kevin Johnson is the referee tomorrow. He took charge of a 2-1 Posh defeat at AFC Wimbledon in December.

4) Posh are 6/5 to win tomorrow with Sky Bet. The home side are 19/10 with the draw at 23/10.

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