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Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Stevenage

Shrewsbury's James Collins
Striker James Collins, 24, joined Shrewsbury from Hibernian last summer

James Collins scored late on to earn a 3-2 win over Stevenage, lifting Shrewsbury to second in League Two.

Four goals came in the first half, the visitors taking the lead through Adam Marriott's shot from inside the box.

Two goals in three minutes - a neat finish from Collins and a Liam Lawrence penalty - put Shrewsbury ahead but Stevenage levelled through Dean Wells' cushioned volley from a corner.

But Town won it when Collins netted his second of the game from a tight angle.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I don't think there is a person in the stadium, maybe just one or two, who wouldn't say we deserved to win. It was brilliant, as we all want to win games of football. But we have achieved nothing yet.

"Stevenage came and gave it a right go. They dug in for their manager but for us to dig in and get what we deserved was fantastic. We had to stand up to them and we kept going.

"We had put so much into the game and thrown everything at them. We had three or four real clear-cut chances that we never took and it would have been a real shame if we hadn't won. But it was obviously thrilling to get a goal right at the end."

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Westley on Shrewsbury v Stevenage

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We've had to do a lot of building work to get where we are. But we showed we're an improved side. Going into the last 10 minutes we could have won it.

"It was a solid start. We got on top and took the game to them. We wanted to come here and score goals.

"It was a perfect start. It was difficult to concede after we thought it was a foul. We saw Adam Marriott get fouled and obviously the overload from the counter attack that followed led to the goal. It's harsh, when you see a foul as blatant in my eyes and the players' eyes as that it's hard to accept it, for sure."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 6GoldsonBooked at 79mins
  • 5Ellis
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 60mins
  • 12GayleSubstituted forGrandisonat 90'minutes
  • 24Grant
  • 4WoodsSubstituted forSouthernat 90'minutes
  • 11Lawrence
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9Collins
  • 19ManganSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 50'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Southern
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 27Randall

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25HenryBooked at 32mins
  • 19WellsSubstituted forZolaat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Charles
  • 23Okimo
  • 11PettBooked at 8minsSubstituted forMcAllisterat 23'minutesSubstituted forBeardsleyat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 22LeeBooked at 90mins
  • 8Walton
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 14Marriott

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 3Dembele
  • 10Zola
  • 12McAllister
  • 20Beardsley
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Deacon
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
4,565

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 3, Stevenage 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 3, Stevenage 2.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Calvin Zola replaces Dean Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Chris Beardsley replaces David McAllister.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Cameron Gayle.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Keith Southern replaces Ryan Woods.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 3, Stevenage 2. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mickey Demetriou.

Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).

Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town).

Simon Walton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt saved. Dean Parrett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

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

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town).

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Cameron Gayle.

Dean Wells (Stevenage) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

Attempt saved. Adam Marriott (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

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

Attempt saved. Mickey Demetriou (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jerome Okimo.

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

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe271410340211952
2Shrewsbury27156639182151
3Burton27156637261151
4Luton26138530181247
5Southend2713862923647
6Newport2713773632446
7Bury2612593832641
8Stevenage27125103935441
9Exeter2811893839-141
10Plymouth27117930191140
11Morecambe27107102725237
12Wimbledon26106103737036
13Cambridge251051039291035
14Northampton27104134038234
15Accrington25103123542-733
16Oxford Utd2779113036-630
17Cheltenham2779112437-1330
18Portsmouth2678112833-529
19York2751392732-528
20Mansfield2677122133-1228
21Tranmere2669112731-427
22Carlisle2783163349-1627
23Dag & Red2675142637-1126
24Hartlepool2746171947-2818
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