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Southend United 0-1 Shrewsbury Town

Shrewsbury Town defender Nat Knight-Percival
Knight-Percival missed the latter half of Shrewsbury's promotion season with a cruciate knee ligament injury

Nat Knight-Percival's second-half header gave Shrewsbury Town a deserved League One win at Southend.

The recalled centre-back nodded in Liam Lawrence's free-kick after the visitors had edged an uneventful first half.

Southend went close when Anthony Wordsworth thundered a 20-yard shot against the post.

But Shrewsbury could have won by more, being denied only by Daniel Bentley, who saved excellently from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (twice) and James Collins.

Micky Mellon's promoted side, who picked up just two points from their first five games back in League One, climb to 15th after their second straight win.

Shrewsbury Town assistant manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We've had a look at things over the past few weeks and changed a few things too. Obviously, we've gone up a level, but maybe we hadn't been pushing ourselves so far.

"We are trying to fit the players in who will give us that bit more going forward and I'm delighted with how our players have worked.

"Natty is a great professional. It's not just his goal. He got a decent block in at the end and I'm delighted to welcome him back into the team."

Line-ups

Southend

  • 1Bentley
  • 2White
  • 20ReaBooked at 56mins
  • 26Barrett
  • 3CokerSubstituted forPayneat 65'minutes
  • 7Worrall
  • 18Leonard
  • 4Wordsworth
  • 8TimlinSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 60'minutes
  • 16HuntSubstituted forPigottat 76'minutes
  • 9Mooney

Substitutes

  • 10Payne
  • 13Smith
  • 15Bolger
  • 17McLaughlin
  • 22Deegan
  • 23Pigott
  • 24O'Neill

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 5Grandison
  • 15Ellis
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 20mins
  • 2Tootle
  • 7Lawrence
  • 17Ogogo
  • 29ColeSubstituted forCollinsat 87'minutes
  • 3Sadler
  • 22Clark
  • 23BarnettBooked at 72minsSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 82'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 9Collins
  • 10Whalley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 21Halstead
  • 24McKnight
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 28Patterson
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
5,212

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthendAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Southend United 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southend United 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Liam Lawrence.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

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

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

Foul by Adam Barrett (Southend United).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. James Collins replaces Larnell Cole.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by John White.

Booking

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

John White (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

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

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

Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Joe Pigott replaces Noel Hunt because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Adam Barrett (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town).

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Booking

Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town).

Ryan Leonard (Southend United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jack Payne replaces Ben Coker.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt saved. Larnell Cole (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Stephen McLaughlin replaces Michael Timlin.

Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Anthony Wordsworth (Southend United) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

Goal!

Goal! Southend United 0, Shrewsbury Town 1. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Glen Rea (Southend United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gillingham7520134917
2Walsall7511134916
3Burton750296315
4Coventry7412148613
5Sheff Utd6402108212
6Rochdale732294511
7Chesterfield73221210211
8Swindon73221312111
9Bury72411412210
10Wigan731399010
11Barnsley73131011-110
12Port Vale62319639
13Fleetwood723211929
14Bradford723279-29
15Shrewsbury722378-18
16Scunthorpe722368-28
17Peterborough72141112-17
18Millwall6213711-47
19Oldham7142610-47
20Southend713358-36
21Doncaster713337-46
22Colchester6042813-54
23Blackpool7115514-94
24Crewe7025715-82
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