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Oxford United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town

James Collins
James Collins scored his 11th goals of the season against Oxford

First-half efforts from James Collins and Mark Ellis put Shrewsbury top of League Two on goal difference with victory at Oxford United.

Collins opened the scoring in the 13th minute from Scott Vernon's cross.

Danny Hylton headed off the line at a corner to deny Shrewsbury a second but Ellis nodded home Liam Lawrence's cross at the far post for 2-0.

Hylton saw a low shot parried by Jayson Leutwiler and Nathaniel Knight-Percival headed against the bar for the Shrews.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We are delighted to be on top of the league - but there is an awful lot of work yet to be done. We have put in a good performance and we have to be pleased to come to a difficult place here at Oxford and get a good result.

"We made the sacrifice yesterday and came in to train - but we spent a bit of time going through preparing for this game and I thought the players who have come into the side today have done brilliantly.

"The players have proven to be ready when we needed them - at this stage of the season, we will need them. The defeat at Exeter was fresh in the mind and the players knew how to learn from that mistake.

"It's nice to be top of the league, it's very satisfying - but we certainly will enjoy the trip back home and training tomorrow ready for the game on Sunday."

Line-ups

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 25RileySubstituted forDunkleyat 55'minutes
  • 5Mullins
  • 6Wright
  • 2MeadesSubstituted forPotterat 17'minutes
  • 26Burns
  • 7Rose
  • 16WhingSubstituted forRobertsat 79'minutes
  • 34Holmes-Dennis
  • 19Collins
  • 10Hylton

Substitutes

  • 11Potter
  • 14Ruffels
  • 15O'Dowda
  • 21Crocombe
  • 31Roberts
  • 33Dunkley
  • 36Campbell

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 60mins
  • 5Ellis
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 23Passley
  • 4Woods
  • 24GrantBooked at 62mins
  • 11Lawrence
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 90+3'minutes
  • 10VernonSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 7Vincent
  • 16Griffith
  • 19Mangan
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
7,502

Match Stats

Home TeamOxford UtdAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Oxford United 0, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Full Time

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

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.

Substitution

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

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Michael Collins (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Danny Hylton (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town).

Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. James Roberts replaces Andrew Whing.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by John Mullins.

Attempt blocked. Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Andrew Whing.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Chey Dunkley.

Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Mullins (Oxford United).

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

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

Joshua Passley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Oxford United).

Booking

Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by John Mullins.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Andrew Whing (Oxford United).

Booking

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Jake Wright (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tareiq Holmes-Dennis.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Chey Dunkley replaces Joe Riley.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by John Mullins.

Attempt blocked. Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Oxford United 0, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Oxford United 0, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury22134533151843
2Wycombe22127337201743
3Burton2313463223943
4Luton22125527161141
5Southend2211562319438
6Plymouth22114728151337
7Newport2210753224837
8Exeter2310763127437
9Bury2210483329434
10Stevenage229493029131
11Morecambe2293102323030
12Wimbledon228682930-130
13Accrington2293103236-430
14Cambridge228593226629
15Portsmouth227692528-327
16Mansfield227691826-827
17Oxford Utd226792328-525
18Cheltenham226792031-1125
19Northampton2273123235-324
20Carlisle2273122840-1224
21York2241172328-523
22Dag & Red2263132536-1121
23Tranmere2247112129-819
24Hartlepool2235141640-2414
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