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Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Rochdale

Shrewsbury claimed their first home League One victory since October to move out of the relegation zone.

Mid-table Rochdale fell behind when Shaun Whalley drilled a low shot past Josh Lillis from just inside the area.

The hosts doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Whalley's corner was headed in at the far post by skipper Nat Knight-Percival.

Jayson Leutwiler saved a long-range Ian Henderson drive to help Shrewsbury to a third clean sheet in four league games.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We've not won enough games here over the course of the season. It was important that we started to do that and it was a thoroughly deserved win.

"The players were anxious to do well. We could feel that. We changed the shape a little bit and it probably allowed us to freshen it up in different areas.

"The lads that have come in have added to the energy levels and got us going. The crowd, who we asked to get behind us, were terrific. They've helped as well."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

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Hill on Shrewsbury v Rochdale

"We didn't start on the front foot. I don't think we can concede ground to Shrewsbury like we did in the first 20 minutes or so.

"I don't feel as though we've been anywhere near the way that we started the last four games. Both goals are sloppy.

"I feel as though we rode our luck in the first half. Every player has got to turn up individually and say 'right, I'm going to win my battle'."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 15Grimmer
  • 4Whitbread
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 12Brown
  • 10Whalley
  • 6Black
  • 17Ogogo
  • 22Clark
  • 19ManganSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 86'minutes
  • 7Vassell

Substitutes

  • 8Wellens
  • 16Vernon
  • 21Halstead
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 29Cole
  • 31Smith
  • 88Grandin

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertySubstituted forCampsat 60'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 15Canavan
  • 4McNulty
  • 8Lund
  • 24AllenBooked at 83mins
  • 25RoseSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 45'minutes
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBunneyat 45'minutes
  • 18Holt
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 12McDermott
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23Collis
  • 28Camps
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
4,221

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Rochdale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Rochdale 0.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Zak Whitbread (Shrewsbury Town).

Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Andy Mangan.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Black.

Booking

Jamie Allen (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Kyle Vassell (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

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

Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town).

Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Attempt missed. Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Hand ball by Joe Bunney (Rochdale).

Attempt blocked. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Attempt missed. Ashley Eastham (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Rochdale. Callum Camps replaces Joseph Rafferty.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Abu Ogogo.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Shrewsbury Town).

Niall Canavan (Rochdale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Niall Canavan (Rochdale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

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

Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale).

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

Foul by Grant Holt (Rochdale).

Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton33214843271667
2Wigan341712555302563
3Walsall331611649331659
4Gillingham341771060431758
5Millwall341671152411155
6Coventry331410956371952
7Barnsley34164145445952
8Southend34149114643351
9Bradford33149103936351
10Port Vale351310123939049
11Swindon34146145351248
12Sheff Utd34139124745248
13Bury34138134555-1047
14Scunthorpe33137133840-246
15Rochdale34129134446-245
16Peterborough34135165755244
17Fleetwood33109144041-139
18Chesterfield34115184554-938
19Doncaster33910143644-837
20Shrewsbury33107163951-1237
21Blackpool3498173343-1035
22Oldham33616113344-1134
23Crewe34611173659-2329
24Colchester3469194279-3727
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