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Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Tranmere Rovers

Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon
Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon brought in Andy Mangan as his 16th summer signing

Andy Mangan and Mickey Demetriou scored late goals to earn Shrewsbury Town a dramatic win over Tranmere Rovers.

The visitors had taken the lead when Jake Kirby's cross was nodded down by Mark Laird and Abdulai Baggie swept home from close range.

Shrewsbury kept pushing for an equaliser and it eventually came in the last minute when Mangan tapped in Demetriou's low cross.

Mangan then crossed for left-back Demetriou to head in the winner.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"One thing that I must make clear is that I love Tranmere as a club, but we no way deserved anything but a victory today - to keep knocking on the door and to deliver the way we did was fantastic.

"I am delighted for the three lads who came in, and we deserved to win the match. There is a real sense of character in the group of players here, some real guts about us and we want to win games of football.

"We need to be a bit more slicker, and maybe we haven't been as good as we have been, but I am really pleased for everyone here and for the exciting finish."

Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"In the second half, we dropped to the edge of our box and then didn't defend our final third well enough. If you don't defend your final third, you're going to concede.

"We defended for a long time and you run the risk, if you want to defend for that long, of conceding goals.

"To concede two was a kick in the teeth, but not a surprise."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 12Gayle
  • 3Demetriou
  • 6Goldson
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 40mins
  • 22Clark
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 4Woods
  • 7VincentSubstituted forCatonat 57'minutes
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 74'minutes
  • 10VernonSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 11Lawrence
  • 17Caton
  • 18Robinson
  • 19Mangan
  • 21Halstead
  • 26Akpa-Akpro

Tranmere

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Williams
  • 2HolmesSubstituted forMcDonaldat 54'minutes
  • 5Ihiekwe
  • 17Woodards
  • 25Hill
  • 11Bell-BaggieSubstituted forRoweat 62'minutes
  • 14Laird
  • 4Power
  • 23Gill
  • 15Kirby
  • 16StocktonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forOdejayiat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Koumas
  • 9Odejayi
  • 10Richards
  • 12Rowe
  • 19McDonald
  • 20Ramsbottom
  • 22Bruna
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
5,249

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Tranmere Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Tranmere Rovers 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Tranmere Rovers 1. Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Mangan.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Clayton McDonald (Tranmere Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Post update

    Max Power (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Tranmere Rovers 1. Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mickey Demetriou.

  8. Post update

    Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matt Gill (Tranmere Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Cameron Gayle (Shrewsbury Town).

  12. Post update

    Jake Kirby (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

  14. Post update

    Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Cameron Gayle.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Kayode Odejayi replaces Cole Stockton.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Clayton McDonald.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Scott Vernon.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.