Rotherham and Shrewsbury have the most important game of their season ahead of them.
The route into the final was relatively simplistic for both sides because their quality told over the second legs of the semi-finals, and the matches followed the regular season standings.
Shrewsbury have the advantage going into this match because they were unlucky not to finish in the automatic promotion spots and ended up with 87 points which was eight points more than the Millers.
Neither side were able to use home advantage effectively in the league because Rotherham won 1-0 at New Meadow and Shrewsbury won 2-1 at the New York stadium. Therefore, Wembley is a fitting venue for them both.
Even though there was a significant points difference between the two, Rotherham only won one less game with 24 with a win rate of 52.2% compared to Shrewsbury’s 54.3%.
However, Shrewsbury drew five more games with 12 in total and only had nine losses compared to 15 for Rotherham.
Therefore, on a simplistic level Paul Hurst has made his side hard to beat while Paul Warne’s side fluctuate more, but are more than capable of going for the jugular when needed. Hurst deserves plaudits for the job he has done because they finished in 18th with a two-point gap on the relegation zone after he had managed to steer them away from bottom of the table. Therefore, the turnaround within one year is remarkable.
Warne deserves credit as well, though, because Rotherham were really poor in the Championship last season, even under him, but he has stabilised them and got them challenging for promotion at the first time of asking.
The average age of the two squads is interesting as well because Rotherham’s is 25.4 while Shrewsbury’s is slightly at 25.5. Therefore, there is little to separate the sides as they have both used a youthful squad to get this far.
Both sides have compelling cases for why they deserve promotion. However, Shrewsbury should just edge this with Jon Nolan and Sean Whalley being key.
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