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Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Rotherham United

Ben Pringle

Shrewsbury Town crashed to a sixth straight home defeat as Rotherham United tore them apart with three goals inside the first 21 minutes.

QPR loan striker Tom Hitchcock headed the Millers in front from ex-Town loan man James Tavernier's cross.

Then, after Tom Eaves had hit the post for Shrewsbury, Ben Pringle made it two with a left-foot volley from 18 yards.

Tavernier, on loan from Newcastle United, added a close-range third with a right-foot shot.

Rotherham's pace and movement proved too much for Shrewsbury, whose injury crisis had reduced manager Graham Turner to having to pick two injured players on his bench.

The Millers could have won by more, but Town keeper Chris Weale made a stunning save to claw away Kieran Agard's header before Pringle hit the bar with the last kick of the first half.

Lee Frecklington missed a golden chance when he rounded the keeper late on, only to miscue wide of the target.

Shrewsbury slip to 20th - just a point above the League One relegation zone - while Rotherham remain fifth, 12 points of the automatic promotion places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"You can't concede goals like that. They were appalling. And we have asked for it, with poor defending. We couldn't cope with Rotherham's threat.

"It was an embarrassing 20 minutes. After that, the least you should expect is to up the tempo.

"Confidence has been drained from the players over the past few weeks and we have to ideally bring in a few additions to try and rectify that - we've worked hard at that, but not yet achieved anything.

"I take full responsibility for the result. I have never been anything but confident of managing a Football League team. We'll have to see what the next few days and next few weeks bring."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 18GoldsonBooked at 79mins
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 34mins
  • 22Woods
  • 6Winfield
  • 16MkandawireBooked at 65mins
  • 11Taylor
  • 8McAllister
  • 24EavesSubstituted forBradshawat 80'minutes
  • 29HallSubstituted forMarsdenat 66'minutes
  • 30SchmeltzSubstituted forParryat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 5Jones
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12McQuade
  • 14Marsden
  • 17Parry
  • 25Anyon

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 27Tavernier
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 25Addison
  • 14BradleyBooked at 86mins
  • 22Agard
  • 15MilsomBooked at 41mins
  • 35HitchcockBooked at 65minsSubstituted forThomasat 66'minutes
  • 9RevellSubstituted forVuckicat 82'minutes
  • 18PringleSubstituted forTurgottat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 2Brindley
  • 10O'Connor
  • 16Turgott
  • 26Thomas
  • 28Vuckic
  • 31Rowe
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
5,116

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Blair Turgott replaces Ben Pringle.

Booking

Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Alex Revell.

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

Foul by Wes Thomas (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Sidney Schmeltz.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Bradshaw replaces Tom Eaves.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

Booking

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sidney Schmeltz (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Wes Thomas (Rotherham United).

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Pringle (Rotherham United).

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

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Wes Thomas (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

Wes Thomas (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

(Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

Foul by Robert Milsom (Rotherham United).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. John Marsden replaces Asa Hall.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient2617633257
2Brentford2617542156
3Wolves2615742252
4Preston261394948
5Rotherham2612861144
6Peterborough2613310842
7Walsall271197642
8Port Vale2612311-239
9Swindon2611411637
10MK Dons251069536
11Coventry2612861034
12Colchester268108134
13Bradford267127633
14Gillingham279513-1032
15Crawley24798-530
16Notts County278316-627
17Oldham267613-727
18Carlisle267613-1927
19Sheff Utd266812-926
20Shrewsbury276813-926
21Tranmere266713-1925
22Bristol City254129-324
23Crewe266614-2824
24Stevenage266416-2022
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