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Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Stevenage

Shrewsbury Town claimed a key win over League One relegation rivals Stevenage.

Shrewsbury began brightly, visiting keeper Chris Day making important saves from Jon Taylor and Tamika Mkandawire.

Dominic Iorfa then robbed Boro's Luke Freeman to slip a fine ball through to Taylor, who fired powerfully past Day to give Town their 57th-minute lead.

The hosts lost midfielder Asa Hall to a second yellow card late on, but stood firm despite seven minutes of stoppage time to collect three crucial points.

Shrewsbury climbed off the bottom of the League One table, up to 22nd place, just two-points behind 20th-placed Carlisle.

Just four days after climbing off the bottom, Stevenage slip back to the foot of the table, four points from safety.

Shrewsbury keeper Chris Weale was brought back in place of Joe Anyon after a 10-game absence - one of five changes made by boss Mike Jackson following last Saturday's lifeless 1-0 defeat at Walsall.

Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It's a good win. It got quite stressful towards the end. But I want to congratulate the crowd. The way they responded was brilliant.

"And a big credit goes to the players. No-one else matters at this moment in time. We have been questioned about passion in the past - but I don't buy into that. We started with intent and produced an unbelievable performance.

"The whole team and even the subs who came on dug in - and we set the tone. It was tough towards the end and credit to them. Asa Hall was clumsy with his challenge to get sent off and I don't understand how the referee found seven minutes of added time.

"We made changes and some of the players were unhappy, but I am hoping everyone in this group can galvanise and get us through to the end of the season."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"In the first half, we didn't impose ourselves on the game in the way we ought to have done.

"Once again, we talk about conditions. At this time of year, you'll often find a state where the wind is whipping it up from one way to the other. We found it very difficult to get out.

"Once we got the game going forward, in the second half, a lot of the pressure and play was ours. We had some very good moments when we could have put the ball in the back of the net.

"What I hope the players learn about difficult situations is that you have to play with courage. Not when things have gone wrong, but from the outset. We didn't show enough quality and desire to take our game forward in the early stages."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 5Iorfa
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 14mins
  • 15WildigSubstituted forWoodsat 72'minutes
  • 18Goldson
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 11TaylorSubstituted forWinfieldat 89'minutes
  • 29HallBooked at 83mins
  • 26AtajicSubstituted forFoleyat 77'minutes
  • 24Eaves
  • 17Parry

Substitutes

  • 6Winfield
  • 7Miller
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Foley
  • 22Woods
  • 25Anyon

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22ObengBooked at 61mins
  • 9CharlesSubstituted forFlanaganat 45'minutes
  • 14HeslopSubstituted forDoughtyat 29'minutes
  • 4Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 11Akins
  • 20SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 12ZokoBooked at 76mins
  • 23ReidBooked at 10minsSubstituted forMoraisat 78'minutes
  • 15FreemanBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 7Morais
  • 24Doughty
  • 25Flanagan
  • 28N'Guessan
  • 29Hartley
  • 33Henderson
  • 40Goodliffe
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
5,178

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Stevenage 0.

Attempt saved. Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Paul Parry.

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Dave Winfield replaces Jon Taylor.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) because of an injury.

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Craig Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sam Foley replaces Bahrudin Atajic.

Booking

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ryan Woods replaces Aaron Wildig.

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Paul Parry.

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Weale.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

goal

As It Stood

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4Leyton Orient412211873383577
5Preston412016557391876
6Peterborough40194176154761
7MK Dons41177175855358
8Swindon41169165854457
9Port Vale41176185566-1157
10Walsall411414134542356
11Sheff Utd401411154143-253
12Bradford411116145251149
13Coventry411611147171049
14Gillingham40146205467-1348
15Bristol City411017146364-147
16Oldham411211184657-1147
17Crawley381113144048-846
18Colchester411013184557-1243
19Tranmere401110194970-2143
20Carlisle401110194061-2143
21Crewe411110204976-2743
22Shrewsbury41914183750-1341
23Notts County41124255572-1740
24Stevenage41109224061-2139
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