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Shrewsbury Town 0-0 Port Vale

Shrewsbury Town had to settle for a point in their bid for League One survival as the derby clash with Port Vale ended goalless.

After a first half devoid of incident, other than Vale's Tom Pope going off with a neck injury, Town were just about the better side after the break.

But it took until 78 minutes for Town right-back Ryan Woods to unleash the game's only effort on target.

Vale's only worthwhile opening came in a late scramble.

Urgently needing a win, Shrewsbury caretaker manager Mike Jackson made a bold five changes for the last home game of his allotted time at the helm.

He dropped keeper Chris Weale, bringing in Joe Anyon for his first league start of the season, as well as switching to a three-man central defence.

But, although that succeeded in shoring up the home defence, earning a first clean sheet in three months, nothing much clicked at the other end.

Connor Goldson powered a header just over, Asa Hall was also just too high with a 25-yarder and on-loan substitute Tom Eaves headed wide from a corner.

View from the dressing room

Shrewsbury Town caretaker manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"On the chances created, we edged it. We had some good spells, but we did not pick the right pass in the final third, which has been the problem most of the season.

"Before I took over we'd lost six home games on the spin. Now we've drawn our last two here. That could turn out to be the most important point of the season.

"We have to take a bit of belief from this. A clean sheet and another home point are encouraging signs from how we were when I walked though the door.

"I had to tell five people that they weren't playing today and I don't like it. I didn't like it when it happened to me as a player. Now it's about how they react."

Port Vale manager Micky Adams told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We came here with the intention of trying to get three points and obviously it's not worked out like that, but we defended manfully and it's back-to-back clean sheets for us.

"I was a little bit surprised by their formation. But it's up to us to break them down and we didn't have the right composure in the final third to break them down.

"Tom Pope woke up with a stiff neck and the first header he went for he got caught and he was struggling from then on.

"They're fighting for their lives and it's all right them beating their chests and saying they've got to stand up and be counted, but they need goals and I think a point has suited us more than it suited them."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 25Anyon
  • 22Woods
  • 27Mills
  • 29Hall
  • 2Grandison
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 18Goldson
  • 10FyvieSubstituted forMcAllisterat 55'minutes
  • 20StoreySubstituted forEavesat 66'minutes
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forTaylorat 66'minutes
  • 17Parry

Substitutes

  • 1Weale
  • 6Winfield
  • 8McAllister
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Taylor
  • 24Eaves

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 2Yates
  • 5Dickinson
  • 21GriffithSubstituted forMyrie-Williamsat 60'minutes
  • 20Grimmer
  • 17Davis
  • 18Lines
  • 7Loft
  • 11PopeSubstituted forTomlinat 14'minutes
  • 39HugillSubstituted forWilliamsonat 69'minutes
  • 3Jones

Substitutes

  • 8Dodds
  • 9Myrie-Williams
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Johnson
  • 19Williamson
  • 26Birchall
  • 28Knott
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
5,992

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home10
Away3
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Port Vale 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Yates.

  4. Post update

    Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

  5. Post update

    Doug Loft (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Jones (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grimmer (Port Vale).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Williamson (Port Vale) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

  12. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Doug Loft (Port Vale).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gavin Tomlin (Port Vale).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Yates.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Joe Davis (Port Vale).

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford30206454282666
2Wolves30197451203164
3Leyton Orient31187662323061
4Preston301511441291256
5Rotherham30159653391454
6Peterborough30154115041949
7Walsall31121183629747
8Swindon31136124941845
9Port Vale30134134345-243
10MK Dons30126124643342
11Gillingham31115154253-1138
12Coventry2913885751637
13Bradford3071494138335
14Colchester2881193536-135
15Oldham3197153544-934
16Carlisle3096153451-1733
17Bristol City32614124752-532
18Tranmere3188153554-1932
19Crawley2571082934-531
20Crewe3187163460-2631
21Notts County3293204052-1230
22Sheff Utd2878132838-1029
23Shrewsbury31610152841-1328
24Stevenage2874172847-1925
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