Nathaniel Mendez-Laing's stunning 20-yard strike saw high-flying Peterborough beat Shrewsbury for their sixth straight league win.

The winger cut in from the left and directed a sublime shot past visiting keeper Chris Weale just two minutes after coming off the bench.

Second-placed Peterborough were below par for most of the game despite Paul Taylor hitting the post early on.

Shrewsbury's best chance fell to Liam McAlindon but he dragged his shot wide.

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Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"I thought we played really well in the first half. It was difficult because they played everyone behind the ball.

"I don't think my players, from everyone, get anywhere near enough credit. We've won 10 games out of 12.

"We've only dropped five points and we've won six on the bounce. We're not going to get the sort of performance like we did against Reading every game. We're winning games and that's the most important thing."

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Shropshire:

"We've put in a good shift today and I think we deserved better than a 1-0 defeat. It was a top quality goal from them to win the game.

"For the first 10 minutes, they gave us real problems and they hit the post, but we sorted ourselves out quickly. After that they didn't give us much trouble.

"Too many shots have gone wide from us, they were tentative and it's not what we would have expected.

"We can take encouragement from the game, [but] we need to be mentally stronger for Tuesday's game with Colchester. What we have to do is have belief that we can put on a good show."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little (Ntlhe - 37' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 08 Payne
  • 02 Alcock
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 07 Swanson
  • 12 Taylor (Mendez-Laing - 62' )
  • 23 Barnett
  • 09 Assombalonga (Jeffers - 88' )
  • 06 Bostwick

Substitutes

  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 04 Brisley
  • 13 Day
  • 16 Kearns
  • 17 Newell
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 36 Jeffers

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 17 Parry (Reach - 69' )
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 22 Woods
  • 15 Wildig
  • 06 Winfield
  • 27 C. López (McAlinden - 67' )
  • 08 McAllister (Goldson - 75' )
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 11 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 05 Jones
  • 12 McQuade
  • 14 Marsden
  • 18 Goldson
  • 20 McAlinden
  • 23 Reach
  • 25 Anyon
Ref: Eddie Ilderton
Att: 6,956

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

1 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

7 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Peterborough United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Peterborough United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

90:00 +0:56

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

87:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Shaun Jeffers replaces Britt Assombalonga.

87:12

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

85:25

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

82:54

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:54

Foul by Adam Reach (Shrewsbury Town).

81:45

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United).

81:45

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:15

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:15

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

77:41

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

76:48

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

74:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Connor Goldson replaces David McAllister.

71:32

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tyrone Barnett.

71:02

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

71:02

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Adam Reach replaces Paul Parry.

66:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Liam McAlinden replaces Cristian.

64:54

Attempt missed. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

63:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Peterborough United 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

62:47

Attempt missed. Cristian (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

61:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Paul Taylor.

61:20

Attempt missed. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

60:20

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

59:26

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:45

Attempt saved. Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:10

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

53:38

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Paul Parry.

53:05

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Weale.

51:57

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

50:42

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

50:03

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Peterborough United 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

45:00 +1:37 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Peterborough United 0, Shrewsbury Town 0.

44:53

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

44:30

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Aaron Wildig.

44:20

Attempt blocked. Tyrone Barnett (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:56

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

41:35

Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:35

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

41:01

Attempt missed. Gabriel Zakuani (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

40:22

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

36:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Kgosi Ntlhe replaces Mark Little because of an injury.

33:00

Cristian (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:57

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

32:09

Attempt saved. Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:57

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Gabriel Zakuani.

27:57

Foul by Danny Swanson (Peterborough United).

27:57

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:09

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

27:09

Jack Payne (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:03

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

22:15

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United).

22:15

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:04

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United).

17:04

Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

16:01

Foul by Paul Taylor (Peterborough United).

16:01

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:51

Attempt saved. Cristian (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:24

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

7:58

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

2:24

Paul Taylor (Peterborough United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from long range on the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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