League One
Shrewsbury2Oxford Utd0

Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Oxford United

Shrewsbury climbed off the bottom of League One with victory against Oxford as Paul Hurst's impressive start as manager continued.

AJ Leitch-Smith and substitute Shaun Whalley scored the goals to earn Shrewsbury a first league win since 3 September.

Oxford created the game's first chance but Chris Maguire's 20-yard shot was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Mark Halstead.

Shrewsbury moved ahead in the 19th minute as Leitch-Smith scored his fourth goal in his past three league and cup games.

The in-form striker reacted quickest to turn in the loose ball from close range after goalkeeper Simon Eastwood pushed a 20-yard drive from Louis Dodds against the crossbar.

Eastwood then kept Oxford in contention with two fine saves before half-time, tipping away a powerful volley from the lively Dodds before getting down low to his right to instinctively keep out a low 12 yard shot from Dodds after he was picked out by Abu Ogogo's inviting cross.

Oxford chased an equaliser in the second half with a powerful header from Kane Hemmings impressively tipped over by Halstead, who then turned away a free-kick from Maguire.

Liam Sercombe also drove narrowly wide before Shrewsbury carved out late chances with Eastwood pulling off sharp stops from Adam El-Abd and Ivan Toney.

Shrewsbury eventually made the game safe deep into stoppage-time when Whalley ran from inside his own half and lifted a shot over the advancing Eastwood to make it four games unbeaten in all competitions under new manager Hurst.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 21Halstead
  • 14Grimmer
  • 24El-Abd
  • 5Lancashire
  • 3Sadler
  • 18Deegan
  • 8Ogogo
  • 11O'BrienBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBlackat 64'minutes
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forSmithat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Toney
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forWhalleyat 76'minutesBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 6Black
  • 7Whalley
  • 15Smith
  • 16Sarcevic
  • 25Burton
  • 27Waring
  • 30Jones

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 25Raglan
  • 5Nelson
  • 33Dunkley
  • 3SkarzSubstituted forThomasat 77'minutes
  • 8SercombeSubstituted forLundstramat 90+6'minutes
  • 23LedsonSubstituted forHallat 71'minutes
  • 18Rothwell
  • 28Johnson
  • 15HemmingsBooked at 21mins
  • 10Maguire

Substitutes

  • 4Lundstram
  • 7Crowley
  • 9Thomas
  • 11MacDonald
  • 14Ruffels
  • 19Hall
  • 34Stephens
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
5,491

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Oxford United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Oxford United 0.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Oxford United 0. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ian Black (Shrewsbury Town).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. John Lundstram replaces Liam Sercombe because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Simon Eastwood.

Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Dominic Smith replaces Louis Dodds.

Oliver Lancashire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Chris Maguire (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Attempt blocked. Adam El-Abd (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

Attempt missed. Wes Thomas (Oxford United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

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

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United).

Adam El-Abd (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Thomas (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Wes Thomas (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Deegan (Shrewsbury Town).

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

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robert Hall (Oxford United).

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Wes Thomas replaces Joe Skarz.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Whalley replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Oliver Lancashire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kane Hemmings (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Robert Hall replaces Ryan Ledson.

Ivan Toney (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cheyenne Dunkley (Oxford United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe17114237162137
2Bradford1788126141232
3Bolton169432011931
4Sheff Utd158432618828
5Bristol Rovers177552627-126
6Port Vale177462225-325
7Northampton176652825324
8Millwall167362927224
9Wimbledon176652321224
10Rochdale177371922-324
11Peterborough166552619723
12Southend176562226-423
13Fleetwood176472423122
14Walsall165742122-122
15Charlton164841817120
16Bury176292529-420
17Gillingham175572430-620
18Coventry174761518-319
19Swindon175481923-419
20Oxford Utd175481822-419
21MK Dons174582126-517
22Oldham17377918-916
23Shrewsbury173591829-1114
24Chesterfield1633101624-812
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