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Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Blackpool

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro hit his first two goals of the season as Shrewsbury Town beat Blackpool to earn their first home points of the season in League One.

The hosts, who had lost their four opening League One matches at home, came close when away goalkeeper Colin Doyle denied Tyrone Barnett's strike.

Blackpool struggled to create, finally falling behind when Larnell Cole set up Akpa Akpro to drill home on 73 minutes.

Five minutes later, Cole then set up Akpa Akpro to lift it over Doyle.

Blackpool's sixth defeat in nine games leaves them rooted to the bottom of the third tier, while Shrewsbury climb up to 16th.

Shrewsbury goalkeeper Mark Halstead made his first league start against his former club, 15 months after his arrival, following the late withdrawal of Jayson Leutwiler with a back injury.

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It feels great to finally win at home and get it off our back. You could see it was building - and the chances kept coming, but you could see the relief when that goal came.

"It was nervy at times, but it seemed like two different games once we had scored. It lifted the players immensely. Hopefully we can bounce along and continue to impress.

"The fans come here to see goals, and I want us to score goals. I've never said that the first thing on my mind is to keep a clean sheet."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 21Halstead
  • 2Tootle
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 15Ellis
  • 3Sadler
  • 22ClarkSubstituted forLawrenceat 89'minutes
  • 29Cole
  • 11Kaikai
  • 17Ogogo
  • 23BarnettSubstituted forCollinsat 45'minutes
  • 26Akpa-Akpro

Substitutes

  • 6Black
  • 7Lawrence
  • 9Collins
  • 10Whalley
  • 12Brown
  • 19McAlinden
  • 33Rowley

Blackpool

  • 1Doyle
  • 16BoyceBooked at 56mins
  • 15AldredSubstituted forFergusonat 81'minutes
  • 6Jones
  • 5Robertson
  • 19NorrisSubstituted forCameronat 71'minutes
  • 14Herron
  • 10RedshawBooked at 69mins
  • 8PottsBooked at 38mins
  • 9Cullen
  • 17ThomasSubstituted forPatersonat 59'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 3Ferguson
  • 4McAlister
  • 11Cameron
  • 12Oliver
  • 20Paterson
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 23Letheren
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
5,241

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

  4. Post update

    David Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark Cullen (Blackpool).

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Liam Lawrence replaces Jordan Clark.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Booking

    Martin Paterson (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Larnell Cole (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martin Paterson (Blackpool).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. David Ferguson replaces Tom Aldred because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Redshaw (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Blackpool 0. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Larnell Cole.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Cullen (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Blackpool 0. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai.

  17. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

  18. Post update

    Henry Cameron (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Henry Cameron replaces David Norris.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Colin Doyle.