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Shrewsbury Town 2-1 Portsmouth

Micky Mellon's Shrewsbury Town secured a fourth consecutive victory as they came from behind to beat Portsmouth.

Pompey took an early lead through Jed Wallace's third-minute penalty, awarded for Town defender Mickey Demetriou's handball from Craig Westcarr's corner.

The hosts pulled level in the 13th minute when James Wesolowski drilled home his first goal for the club.

Captain Connor Goldson scored the winner in style when his 30-yard effort flew into the top corner of the net.

The visitors almost snatched a late equaliser but substitute Patrick Agyemang's header was blocked on the line by former Pompey man Liam Lawrence.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Sport:

"We're disappointed with the start. That's not a habit I want to get into. But, from that moment onm we showed that we've got a lot of guts and determination.

"The boys knew that, if they just kept grinding away, we'd get our moment, and we scored not too long after with a great goal from Wesolowski that calmed us down and kept us going.

"I've got to say that the fans played a massive part, and the Portsmouth fans too. It was a fantastic atmosphere created by two sets of fans that wanted to come and be heard."

Portsmouth manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent:

"The spirit that the players showed was fantastic. They gave it their absolute all and I've just said to them if you're going to get beat, you get beat the right way.

"I'm low because I feel for the players. As long as they put that effort in and that desire and application and keep going, we will pick up points on the road with that type of performance. I am pleased with the performance but disappointed we didn't come away with any points.

"There's a massive improvement since Bury in the last two performances. We have won one and lost one. We have to keep that momentum going."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2Grandison
  • 6Goldson
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 25Grimmer
  • 4Woods
  • 14WesolowskiSubstituted forClarkat 76'minutes
  • 24GrantSubstituted forLawrenceat 74'minutes
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 70'minutes
  • 26Akpa-Akpro

Substitutes

  • 5Ellis
  • 10Vernon
  • 11Lawrence
  • 16Griffith
  • 19Mangan
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark

Portsmouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jones
  • 5Devera
  • 6Chorley
  • 16RobinsonBooked at 81mins
  • 17Shorey
  • 8J Wallace
  • 21DunneBooked at 62mins
  • 29Hollands
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forAgyemangat 79'minutes
  • 14StoreySubstituted forAtanganaat 70'minutes
  • 20WestcarrSubstituted forTaylorat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Barcham
  • 9Taylor
  • 13Ertl
  • 22Poke
  • 23Agyemang
  • 25Atangana
  • 34Butler
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
5,515

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Portsmouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Portsmouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ben Chorley.

  4. Post update

    Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

  6. Post update

    Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Joe Devera (Portsmouth).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town).

  9. Post update

    Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Agyemang (Portsmouth).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Dunne (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  14. Post update

    Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hollands (Portsmouth).

  16. Booking

    Paul Robinson (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Paul Robinson (Portsmouth).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Patrick Agyemang replaces Ricky Holmes.