League Two
ShrewsburyShrewsbury Town1CarlisleCarlisle United0

Shrewsbury Town ended a run of three straight defeats by beating League Two's bottom club Carlisle United.

Defender Jermaine Grandison scored the only goal of the game just before half-time when he leapt highest to head in Nat Knight-Percival's cross.

Town kept Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie busy, while James Wesolowski and James Collins both spurned chances.

Carlisle then had caretaker player-manager Paul Thirlwell was sent off for a second yellow card late on.

After going unbeaten in this season's first seven matches, in all competitions, Shrewsbury had last their last three - at Preston (in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy), Hartlepool and Stevenage. But this was the start of three successive home games at the Meadow.

On Saturday, Shrewsbury host Newport County, before next Tuesday night's League Cup third round tie with Norwich City.

Managerless Carlisle remain bottom with just three points from eight games going into Saturday's trip to Mansfield.

Shrewsbury Town assistant manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Obviously, after you've lost your last two league games, things can get a bit edgy, but the three points were the most important thing.

"We had some good situations but just didn't make the most of them, but Jermaine Grandison's popped up with a great header.

"The stats are up where we need to be. It's just about putting that end-finish on - but I'm sure with the quality of players we've got it won't be a problem. It will come."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 5Ellis
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 6Goldson
  • 2Grandison
  • 4Woods
  • 19Mangan
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forVincentat 76'minutes
  • 22Clark

Substitutes

  • 3Demetriou
  • 7Vincent
  • 10Vernon
  • 11Lawrence
  • 16Griffith
  • 17Caton
  • 21Halstead

Carlisle

  • 1Gillespie
  • 18Brough
  • 19Symington
  • 2Grainger
  • 12ThirlwellBooked at 90mins
  • 16Potts
  • 10DickerSubstituted forBeckat 79'minutes
  • 8Sweeney
  • 22DempseyBooked at 38mins
  • 9PaynterSubstituted forElliottat 69'minutes
  • 14GilliesSubstituted forAmooat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Amoo
  • 17Beck
  • 20Hanford
  • 21Rigg
  • 25Marriott
  • 27Elliott
  • 30Douglas
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
3,833

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamCarlisle
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Carlisle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Carlisle United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

  5. Post update

    James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kyle Dempsey (Carlisle United).

  7. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

  8. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Symington (Carlisle United).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Mark Beck (Carlisle United).

  12. Post update

    James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Brad Potts (Carlisle United).

  14. Booking

    Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Paul Thirlwell (Carlisle United).

  16. Post update

    Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by James Wesolowski.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kyle Dempsey (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by David Amoo (Carlisle United).