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Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Preston North End

Ryan Woods

A second-half own goal by Shrewsbury's Ryan Woods was enough for Preston to win at the Greenhous Meadow and close the gap on the top two in League One.

Woods diverted Iain Hume's cross into his own net 10 minutes from time.

It settled an uneventful game, with neither side able to dominate or cause major problems for their opposition.

The win put Simon Grayson's North End only four points off second spot, while the hosts remain in trouble after a fourth consecutive home defeat.

Shrewsbury duo Tom Eaves and Jon Taylor were denied by Preston keeper Declan Rudd in the first half, while David Buchanan shot wide for the visitors and teenage midfielder Josh Brownhill saw a volley deflected wide.

Joe Garner failed to find the target from Neil Kilkenny's corner as Preston chased a winner after the break, but North End were rarely troubled as they held on for an eighth away victory of the League One campaign.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"You can't blame young Ryan Woods. Sometimes these things happen. When results are going wrong you don't have that luck.

"He's obviously got to deal with a difficult ball going across the face of our goal and you'd hope he'd deal with it a little better than he did.

"There were times when we played some decent football and got the ball into good areas but, at the moment, we obviously can't score.

"Sometimes you need a little ricochet or the ball to drop for you, or even a penalty maybe, but it's not happened for us."

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"We've said many times that you have to do whatever it takes to win a match.

"In the first half, we weren't good enough. We were second best when we had possession and when we didn't have possession.

"We knew we had to up it, we got back into the game, and we've got the firepower on the bench to try and change it around.

"Obviously that was a big factor in the end result for us."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 22Woods
  • 3Jacobson
  • 4Summerfield
  • 6Winfield
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 11Taylor
  • 8McAllisterSubstituted forWildigat 84'minutes
  • 24Eaves
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMarsdenat 84'minutes
  • 23ReachSubstituted forParryat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Jones
  • 12McQuade
  • 14Marsden
  • 15Wildig
  • 17Parry
  • 19Gayle
  • 25Anyon

Preston

  • 23Rudd
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHolmesat 61'minutes
  • 16Buchanan
  • 6Wright
  • 4HuntingtonBooked at 57mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 37Kilkenny
  • 30BrownhillSubstituted forGallagherat 61'minutes
  • 14Garner
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forHumeat 76'minutes
  • 19WelshBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 1Stuckmann
  • 2Keane
  • 3Laird
  • 10Beavon
  • 11Holmes
  • 12Gallagher
  • 27Hume
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
6,379

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 1.

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Lee Holmes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Aaron Wildig replaces David McAllister.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. John Marsden replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Neil Kilkenny.

Goal!

Own Goal by Ryan Woods, Shrewsbury Town. Shrewsbury Town 0, Preston North End 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Adam Reach.

Booking

John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Iain Hume replaces Kevin Davies.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt blocked. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lee Holmes (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

David Buchanan (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lee Holmes replaces Chris Humphrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Paul Gallagher replaces Josh Brownhill.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Reach.

Attempt missed. David Buchanan (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Brentford23154439221749
2Leyton Orient23146348232548
3Wolves23146338172148
4Preston23128332221044
5Peterborough2312383527839
6Rotherham2310853729838
7Port Vale2311393434036
8Swindon2310494031934
9Walsall239772521434
10Bradford2371063526931
11MK Dons229493632431
12Coventry2311664941829
13Crawley237882530-529
14Colchester236982832-427
15Carlisle2376102537-1227
16Gillingham2475123242-1026
17Sheff Utd2367102229-725
18Oldham2266102530-524
19Shrewsbury2358102226-423
20Tranmere2365122743-1623
21Bristol City2341093336-322
22Crewe2356122046-2621
23Stevenage2354142242-2019
24Notts County2453162738-1118
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