"It’s going to be a big challenge for us to break them down on their home pitch"
Kieran McKenna expects to come up against an organised and defensively sound Shrewsbury side this weekend.
The Shrews sit 16th in the League One table but boast one of the best defensive records in the third tier, having kept 14 clean sheets this term.
Steve Cotterill's side had conceded just eight goals in 2022 before last weekend's 2-0 defeat at MK Dons, a game which also saw a run of three straight clean sheets come to an end.
Town's manager expects Shrewsbury to be tough to break down at Montgomery Waters Meadow this weekend.
"They’ve been excellent," said Kieran. "I’ve watched a lot of their games and I’ve been really impressed.
"They’re right up there in terms of clean sheets, the amount of goals conceded and also the amount of chances teams have against them.
"In terms of expected goals conceded, they’re in a really good position in the league table. That doesn’t come by accident. I’m sure there will have been plenty of work done on the training pitch with Steve and his staff.
"They look very well organised as a team. They’ve got good defensive principles, they stay compact, they defend the penalty box well and they don’t leave many holes.
"Especially since Christmas, their clean sheet record has been up there with anyone in the league, including ours. It’s going to be a big challenge for us to break them down on their home pitch."