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Exeter City 3-2 Shrewsbury Town

Tom Nichols scored in stoppage time as Exeter City completed a recovery from 2-0 down to end Shrewsbury Town's run of six successive League Two wins.

James Collins forged a two-goal half-time lead for Shrewsbury with a long-range strike followed by a tap-in.

Nichols reduced arrears when he turned in Matt Grimes' cross before David Wheeler headed a 75th minute equaliser.

Nichols then nodded home for the winner a minute into injury time to lift Exeter to ninth in the table.

If Shrewsbury had hung on to win, they would have gone top of League Two, but instead they drop to fourth ahead of next Saturday's home game against second-placed Burton Albion.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It's difficult to blame the whole group of players - but we were a bit loose in the box and we got punished for it. The disappointing thing is that we have three big centre halves who have been brilliant all season.

"To get to the second half with a two-goal lead and lose an early goal so easily, when you are playing three centre backs, that was not good enough.

"We had chances to be three or four up in the first half but half-time came at the right time for Exeter. They had terrific energy in the second half and threw everything at us."

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 21Hamon
  • 2Butterfield
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 8Oakley
  • 3Woodman
  • 7Sercombe
  • 19NobleSubstituted forDaviesat 84'minutes
  • 14GrimesBooked at 61mins
  • 31CumminsBooked at 77mins
  • 20NicholsBooked at 90mins
  • 10KeohaneSubstituted forWheelerat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Davies
  • 22Wheeler
  • 25Riley-Lowe
  • 26Tillson
  • 27Jay
  • 29Watkins
  • 30Pym

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 25GrimmerBooked at 65mins
  • 2Grandison
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 82mins
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 70mins
  • 3Demetriou
  • 4Woods
  • 11LawrenceBooked at 29minsSubstituted forClarkat 88'minutes
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 9Collins
  • 26Akpa-Akpro

Substitutes

  • 5Ellis
  • 7Vincent
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Griffith
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark
  • 24Grant
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,933

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Booking

David Wheeler (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Christian Ribeiro.

Attempt blocked. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 3, Shrewsbury Town 2. Tom Nichols (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Sercombe.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jordan Clark replaces Liam Lawrence.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Graham Cummins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Arron Davies replaces David Noble.

Foul by Matt Grimes (Exeter City).

Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

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

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Graham Cummins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Booking

Graham Cummins (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Graham Cummins (Exeter City).

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

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 2, Shrewsbury Town 2. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Woodman.

Foul by James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town).

Liam Sercombe (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Exeter City).

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Graham Cummins (Exeter City).

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. David Wheeler replaces Jimmy Keohane.

Booking

Matt Grimes (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe18105328161235
2Burton1811252521435
3Luton1810442012834
4Shrewsbury18103529151433
5Southend189451915431
6Plymouth1893621101130
7Bury189362721630
8Newport187742519628
9Exeter187652423127
10Portsmouth187562119226
11Morecambe188281920-126
12Accrington188282629-326
13Cambridge187382923624
14Northampton187382725224
15Stevenage187382626024
16Wimbledon186662325-224
17Mansfield186481521-622
18Cheltenham186481727-1022
19Oxford Utd185581923-420
20York183961722-518
21Dag & Red1853102330-718
22Carlisle1853102334-1118
23Tranmere1826101625-912
24Hartlepool1833121331-1812
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