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Portsmouth 0-2 Shrewsbury Town

Bobby Grant
Bobby Grant has scored six goals for Shrewsbury since joining them from Blackpool in October

Two Bobby Grant goals helped Shrewsbury Town move within two points of League Two leaders Burton with victory over Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Shrewsbury dominated the early stages before Grant's long-range effort curled past Paul Jones to give them the lead.

The home side began strongly after the break, with Wes Fogden twice failing to score from close range.

But Pompey's defence could not contain Grant, who drove home Liam Lawrence's pass to ensure victory.

Burton could restore their five-point lead at the top on Monday when they host Stevenage.

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Awford on Portsmouth v Shrewsbury

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford speaks to BBC Radio Solent:

"Disappointed with the result, it goes without saying. The goal has knocked the stuffing out of us and we have got to react better to going behind.

"Today we gave the ball away too cheaply in my opinion and we got punished by a decent side.

"We certainly need to up our game when we go to Carlisle next week and we will train hard on the training pitch and keep practising and work as hard as we possibly can to put it right but at the moment we look short of confidence."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 24NosworthyBooked at 17mins
  • 6Chorley
  • 4EastSubstituted forFogdenat 41'minutes
  • 21DunneBooked at 65mins
  • 8Wallace
  • 29HollandsSubstituted forChaplinat 70'minutes
  • 28Kpekawa
  • 14Tubbs
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forMcCallumat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15McCallum
  • 19Fogden
  • 25Atangana
  • 27Cornell
  • 33Close
  • 34Butler
  • 36Chaplin

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 6Goldson
  • 5Ellis
  • 2Grandison
  • 12Gayle
  • 11Lawrence
  • 24Grant
  • 4Woods
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 88'minutes
  • 26Akpa-AkproSubstituted forBarnettat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Vernon
  • 16Southern
  • 19Mangan
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark
  • 23Barnett
  • 28Mandron
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
14,749

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away12
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 0, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Foul by Paul McCallum (Portsmouth).

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

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Cameron Gayle.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Tyrone Barnett.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Liam Lawrence.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tyrone Barnett replaces Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Hand ball by Wes Fogden (Portsmouth).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Paul Jones.

Attempt saved. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Paul McCallum replaces Ryan Taylor.

Joe Devera (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Conor Chaplin replaces Danny Hollands.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nyron Nosworthy.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 0, Shrewsbury Town 2. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Lawrence.

Booking

James Dunne (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by James Dunne (Portsmouth).

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

Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Ryan Taylor (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Nyron Nosworthy (Portsmouth).

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

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Attempt saved. Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Wes Fogden (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portsmouth 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Portsmouth 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton38237856322476
2Shrewsbury39228958283074
3Wycombe392014558362274
4Bury382071150371367
5Southend38171294435963
6Newport391710124542361
7Plymouth391791345281760
8Luton391610134639758
9Stevenage38169135246657
10Northampton39175175850856
11Exeter391413125253-155
12Wimbledon391411145050053
13Morecambe391311154144-350
14Portsmouth391213144444049
15Dag & Red39147184652-649
16Oxford Utd391113154046-646
17Accrington39137194765-1846
18Mansfield39129183350-1745
19Cambridge391111175253-144
20York39817144146-541
21Carlisle39125224664-1841
22Hartlepool39116223158-2739
23Tranmere39911194155-1438
24Cheltenham39813183558-2337
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