But the Shrews appear to be on the rise, having lost just one of their last five Ligue 1 games, ahead of Wednesday night’s visit to Wigan Athletic.
We spoke to Shropshire Star writer Shrewsbury Lewis Cox to get the latest news from Steve Cotterill’s side.
Q: How do you assess the first months of the season?
LC: “The first two months of the campaign were tough and left Shrewsbury rooted in the last four.
“Over the past six to eight weeks, they’ve found a foothold and started to find a rhythm that has helped build momentum and confidence.
“With the exception of the EFL trophy, heading into Wednesday’s game in Wigan they have lost only once in seven games, four of them.
“The race has propelled them to 19th in the third tier and closer to mid-table safety where the club, manager and players expect to be.”
Q: What were the expectations for this season?
LC: “In their seventh straight season in League One, Shrewsbury expected to be better off than they have in almost every season in the division.
“They were often forced to avoid relegation, had to change managers regularly and run away from the drop zone – exactly what Cotterill achieved last season.
“They recruited well earlier in the summer, although the team were left out of the corps towards the end of the window, something they were forced to deal with and adjust in terms of But after a real struggle earlier when goals and clean sheets were hard to come by, they managed to get better form which upped the mood and improved the outlook for the season. “
Q: What system and style of play does Cotterill favor?
LC: “Cotterill prefers 3-5-2 and its variations. Overall, it’s been that form since he took over a little over a year ago.
They were forced to use players out of position at times and that made it difficult, especially earlier in the season, but late form and results have improved. Ideally, they want to play progressive football on the pitch and will try to do so, but won’t be afraid to mix it up and go straight for Daniel Udoh or Ryan Bowman.
Q: Is there any news from the team?
LC: “Town was hoping to have Rekeil Pyke, who was recently redesigned right-back, to compete with Josh Daniels for the role in an area where they are lightweight.
Natural winger Elliott Bennett had to move to midfield, with Luke Leahy in the middle while Shrewsbury misses center defensive pair Ethan Ebanks-Landell (hamstrings), who is captain, and Aaron Pierre, who has scored. the winner in the last quarter of Keepmoat.
“Midfielder David Davis remains suspended.”
Q: Who are the players to watch?
LC: “Leahy has been undoubtedly Town’s key player over the past few months, whether he’s playing at left-back, his natural role, central midfielder or central defender.
“Forward Daniel Udoh was named Ligue 1’s player of the month for November this week. He has scored three goals in three games and helped Shrewsbury out of the drop zone.”