Town’s last away game of the season against Shrewsbury at Montgomery Waters Meadow remains 0-0 at the break.
Troy Parrott replaced the fallen Teddy Bishop on the bench in a squad otherwise unchanged from Saturday’s 2-1 win at Swindon.
Dai Cornell was in goal again with Kane Vincent-Young at right-back and Myles Kenlock at left-back, with Stephen Ward missing the shot again.
The Irish veteran, who is without a contract this summer, appears to have played his last game for the club with his league start total this season reaching 29 and we understand, as was the case with Alan Judge, a 30th would trigger Town’s option of the year on its agreement.
Andre Dozzell teamed up with Flynn Downes in midfield with Gwion Edwards on the left and Armando Dobra on the right, and Parrott behind lone striker James Norwood, who skippered again.
For Shrewsbury, former Blues player Matthew Pennington started in the thick of their defense, while Donald Love and Shaun Whalley replaced Ethan Ebanks-Landell, who missed a spot in the 18, and Harry Chapman, who was on the bench.
Tom Bloxham, a 17-year-old forward, kept his place after impressing on his league debut in Saturday’s 3-2 home loss to Oxford.
Pennington led the game’s first chance over the bar from a corner to the left in the seventh minute, with the Blues seeing plenty of the ball at the start, but without threatening.
Play continued in a similar pattern with Town wearing his light blue jersey creating his first opportunity in the 18th minute when Norwood took the lead from center from Vincent-Young.
A minute later, the Shrews, with manager Steve Cotterill shouting loudly for instructions from the back of the managers box, called for a penalty when a free kick from the left hit skipper Ollie Norburn on the other side of the box. surface from which he hit a shot against Kenlock. Referee Lee Swabey showed no interest.
Pennington received the game’s first yellow card in the 27th minute for knocking down Parrott as the loaned Spurs man looked to escape to the left.
Parrott forced home goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne into action for the first time seven minutes later, with the Ireland international cutting through to the left before hitting a powerful shot that the number one shrew hit to his right.
Town should have gone ahead in the 35th minute when Dobra tricked his man to the right of the penalty area and his cross hit Edwards, who slipped as he attempted to spin the ball towards goal eight meters.
Cornell was forced to his first serious halftime save of 39 when Whalley was played to the left of the box by Norburn, but the city keeper was quickly ready to block.
A minute later, Edwards claimed what would have been a very generous penalty when he was dispossessed to the left of the box with Shrewsbury repeatedly giving the ball away in their own half. Likewise, Town gave it again before he could create a rating chance.
Cornell was back in action in the 41st minute when Love played Bloxham to the right of the box, but the Blues keeper saved to his right.
Norwood was shown a yellow card for hitting the ball in frustration over the grandstand in the parking lot shortly after, with referee Swabey then heading to the sideline to have some words with the Blues boss Cook, who had expressed his frustration with a number of decisions, including a foul. against Downes, which led the city manager to claim that the referee was “making a joke of the game.”
It was the final excitement of a half that won’t live long in memory, the game in any case a meaningless end-of-season dead rubber. Town had seen a lot of the ball without creating much, with Cornell forced to make slightly bigger saves than his Shrews counterpart.
The Blues’ best chance was Dobra’s reduction from the right to Edwards, with the Welshman losing his footing as the ball came back to him.
Shrewsbury: Burgoyne, Love, Pennington, Pierre, Walker, Ogbeta, Davis, Vela, Norburn (c), Whalley, Bloxham. Sous-marins: Bevan, Edwards, Williams, Goss, Main, Udoh, Chapman.
Ville: Cornell, Vincent-Young, Woolfenden, McGuinness, Kenlock, Dozzell, Downes, Edwards, Parrott, Dobra, Norwood (c). Sous-marins: Holy, Chambers, Nsiala, Bishop, Harrop, Bennetts, Hawkins. Arbitre: Lee Swabey (Devon).