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Hartlepool United 2-0 Shrewsbury Town

Hartlepool striker Charlie Wyke

Shrewsbury Town's unbeaten start to the League Two season was brought to an end by Hartlepool, who scored a goal in either half at Victoria Park.

Loan striker Charlie Wyke put the home side ahead in the fifth minute with a left-foot shot from inside the box - his second goal in three games.

Brad Walker then wrapped up victory 11 minutes from time from close range.

It means a second straight defeat for Town, who exited the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Preston in midweek.

And the injury-hit visitors, who were already without midfielders Dave McAllister and Aaron Wildig, also lost defender Cameron Gayle to injury on 17 minutes.

Shrewsbury's cracking start
Micky Mellon's men went unbeaten in their first seven matches this season, climbing into the League Two top four, as well as reaching the League Cup third round, putting out Championship side Blackpool and Premier League new-boys Leicester.
But Town suffered their first defeat this season when they lost 1-0 at Preston in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round on Tuesday night.

Pools spurned an early chance when Wyke shot narrowly wide with the goal gaping, but the 21-year-old Middlesbrough loan signing soon made amends, sliding home after being picked out by a Jack Compton pull-back.

For Shrewsbury, Scott Vernon headed the impressive Ryan Woods' centre just wide, while James Collins twice narrowly missed the target after the break.

But Pools were the better side, sealing the points when a superb counter-attack ended with Walker sliding home Compton's pin-point cross.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We just didn't recover from losing an early goal. We needed to move quicker and be a bit sharper - and we didn't do that so I'm very disappointed.

"When we got people into good areas we didn't look dangerous going forward. We have to do the basics right to have a chance.

"I never thought we were completely out of it, but we needed someone to come on and produce the moment that was needed and we were at sixes and sevens to concede the second goal. We got caught."

Line-ups

Hartlepool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flinders
  • 2Austin
  • 26HarrisonBooked at 74mins
  • 4Bates
  • 12ParnabySubstituted forRichardsat 39'minutes
  • 11ComptonSubstituted forHoldenat 90'minutes
  • 8WalkerBooked at 78mins
  • 10Miller
  • 17Brobbel
  • 7Franks
  • 24Wyke

Substitutes

  • 3Holden
  • 5Collins
  • 9Harewood
  • 14Woods
  • 18Hawkins
  • 19Richards
  • 31Dixon

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 6Goldson
  • 5Ellis
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 3DemetriouSubstituted forManganat 54'minutes
  • 22ClarkBooked at 49mins
  • 4Woods
  • 14WesolowskiBooked at 45mins
  • 12GayleSubstituted forGrandisonat 17'minutes
  • 10VernonSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 54'minutes
  • 9CollinsBooked at 74mins

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 7Vincent
  • 11Lawrence
  • 16Griffith
  • 19Mangan
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 36Burton
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
3,368

Match Stats

Home TeamHartlepoolAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Brobbel (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Hartlepool United. Darren Holden replaces Jack Compton.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Shrewsbury Town 0. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Compton.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Booking

    Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

  16. Post update

    Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Wyke (Hartlepool United).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  19. Booking

    James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Booking

    Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.