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Accrington Stanley 1-2 Shrewsbury Town

Bobby Grant
Bobby Grant's brace gave Shrewsbury victory after back-to-back defeats

Shrewsbury Town returned to the top of League Two thanks to Bobby Grant's late winner at Accrington Stanley.

Grant earned an early lead against the club where he started his career with a deflected free-kick after Anthony Barry was booked for fouling Jordan Clark.

But Josh Windass equalised from the penalty spot after Michael Liddle was fouled in the box by Cameron Gayle.

Grant then doubled his tally with an 87th-minute winning goal, heading in from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's cross.

Shrewsbury had lost their previous two games, surrendering the only unbeaten home record in the Football League when they lost 2-1 to Northampton Town on Saturday.

Their third away win in four matches leaves them top on goal difference from Burton Albion, a point clear of third-placed Wycombe Wanderers, but now with a five-point cushion on fourth-placed Luton Town.

Shrewsbury Town assistant manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"That was a great win, especially after two defeats. Some people might have thought there was a little bit of a wobble. But it was a great reaction.

"We'd had a chat with the players about raising the intensity levels with and without the ball, and they were miles better. It was an open game, lots of counter-attacking, but we deserved it in the end.

"It's the best possible place to be, top of the league, but it's still one game at a time, and we go again against Cambridge on Saturday."

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Davies
  • 25Atkinson
  • 6Winnard
  • 3LiddleSubstituted forNaismithat 75'minutes
  • 4Joyce
  • 15Mingoia
  • 8Windass
  • 23BarryBooked at 10minsSubstituted forMcCartanat 75'minutes
  • 24ProctorBooked at 30mins
  • 33Crooks
  • 10Gornell

Substitutes

  • 7McCartan
  • 11Naismith
  • 19Maguire
  • 21Bruna
  • 22Dawber
  • 28Conneely
  • 44Bowerman

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2Grandison
  • 6Goldson
  • 5Ellis
  • 12Gayle
  • 22Clark
  • 4Woods
  • 24Grant
  • 3Demetriou
  • 23BarnettSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 58'minutes
  • 9Collins

Substitutes

  • 7Vincent
  • 10Vernon
  • 15Wildig
  • 16Southern
  • 21Halstead
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 28Mandron
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
1,137

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Shrewsbury Town 2.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 1, Shrewsbury Town 2. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Matt Crooks.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Kal Naismith replaces Michael Liddle.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces Antony Barry.

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

Foul by Andrew Proctor (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt saved. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Terry Gornell (Accrington Stanley).

Cameron Gayle (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Dean Winnard.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Tyrone Barnett.

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

Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Hand ball by Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt blocked. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Josh Windass (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Andrew Proctor (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town).

Piero Mingoia (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyrone Barnett (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Matt Crooks (Accrington Stanley).

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Accrington Stanley 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury34197849252464
2Burton34197846301664
3Wycombe341712549301963
4Luton341610841281358
5Bury341771046351158
6Southend34161083830858
7Newport34158114039153
8Plymouth341571240261452
9Stevenage34157124943652
10Northampton341551454431150
11Wimbledon341210124343046
12Morecambe34129133535045
13Portsmouth341111123938144
14Exeter341111124348-544
15Accrington34134174255-1343
16Cambridge34118154847141
17Mansfield34118152942-1341
18Dag & Red34117163946-740
19Oxford Utd34912133741-439
20York34715123440-636
21Carlisle34113204158-1736
22Tranmere34810163545-1034
23Cheltenham34810163049-1934
24Hartlepool3476212556-3127
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