Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Crewe midfielder Adam King got the only goal as the Alex claimed their first win of the season to climb off the foot of League One by winning at Shrewsbury.
King scored in only the second minute, drilling home from 20 yards after Shrewsbury defender Jermaine Grandison was dispossessed inside his own half.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser but could not find a way past Ben Garratt in the visitors' goal.
|Crewe's new goal King|
|Crewe have only scored nine goals in as many games this season - and top scorer Adam King has got four of them. The young Swansea City midfielder signed for the Alex in July on a half-season youth loan until 5 January.|
Their closest effort came when Jordan Clark's shot hit the the crossbar.
Shrewsbury drop to 19th after this season's fourth successive home league defeat, three points above 23rd-placed Crewe, who leapfrogged Blackpool at the bottom of the table.
Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"I don't know how you measure frustration - but that has to be one of the most frustrating afternoons I've had at this club.
"I cannot believe that Crewe have won that - and if anyone disagrees with that, they were watching a different game.
"Crewe can find themselves as a really fortunate team. We weren't good enough to put the ball in the net. In the really dangerous areas we didn't have that killer instinct."
Crewe manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:
"We didn't do as well as I'd have liked in possession at times and gave the ball away cheaply at times, but as a defensive unit we were immaculate.
"It wasn't pretty at times, but we had to do the nitty gritty to grind out a result. We defended extremely well and restricted them to half chances.
"It was another good finish from Adam King. He has a knack of coming inside and firing those shots off with his left foot."
- 3SadlerSubstituted forKaikaiat 67'minutes
- 23BarnettSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 61'minutes
- 17OgogoSubstituted forCollinsat 75'minutes
- 1GarrattBooked at 57mins
- 6NugentSubstituted forRayat 60'minutes
- 10InmanSubstituted forGuthrieat 45'minutes
- 12Dalla ValleSubstituted forHaberat 66'minutes
- Andy Madley
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Crewe Alexandra 1.
Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).
Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra).
Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Hand ball by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Stephen Kingsley.
Delay in match Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Larnell Cole (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Marcus Haber (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by George Ray.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. James Collins replaces Abu Ogogo.
Attempt saved. Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ben Garratt.
Attempt saved. Larnell Cole (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.