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Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Bradford City

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro
Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro has scored five goals for Shrewsbury this season

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's late header helped relegation-threatened Shrewsbury pick up a vital point against Bradford.

The promotion-chasing Bantams took the lead when Tony McMahon's whipped cross was headed in by Jamie Proctor.

But Akpa Akpro beat keeper Ben Williams to the ball with six minutes left to draw Shrewsbury level.

Fourth-placed City are six points off a League One automatic promotion place, while Shrewsbury are 20th, two points clear of fourth-from-bottom Blackpool.

Micky Mellon's side have two games in hand over his former club, but Town's next three matches are all against promotion-chasing sides.

They are now at home to eighth-placed Sheffield United on Tuesday night before trips to sixth-placed Gillingham and third-placed Walsall.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"You have to dig in and keep fighting. It's very tight at the bottom and tense, but we need people who can believe.

"We didn't compose ourselves in the first half - but we kept battling away. You always get an opportunity at some stage in the game and we got one fall our way.

"The substitutions worked and gave us the battling qualities we needed to get back in it, but it's frustrating because we're trying to find a system that works."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 24HendrySubstituted forWhalleyat 45'minutes
  • 4Whitbread
  • 31SmithBooked at 50mins
  • 15GrimmerBooked at 88mins
  • 6BlackSubstituted forWallaceat 45'minutes
  • 17Ogogo
  • 3Sadler
  • 29ColeSubstituted forManganat 39'minutes
  • 11Kaikai
  • 26Akpa-Akpro

Substitutes

  • 8Wellens
  • 10Whalley
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 19Mangan
  • 22Clark
  • 25Burton
  • 38Wallace

Bradford

  • 1Williams
  • 2Darby
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Burke
  • 3Meredith
  • 29McMahon
  • 12CullenBooked at 75mins
  • 4EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 17ReidSubstituted forMoraisat 82'minutes
  • 19ProctorSubstituted forHansonat 78'minutes
  • 10ClarkeSubstituted forDaviesat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Hanson
  • 11Knott
  • 14Morris
  • 20Morais
  • 23McArdle
  • 24Davies
  • 30Cracknell
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
6,247

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamBradford
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home2
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home0
Away17
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Bradford City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Bradford City 1.

Booking

Lee Evans (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Lee Evans (Bradford City).

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

James Wallace (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Bradford City).

Sullay Kaikai (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Tony McMahon (Bradford City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by James Wallace.

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Bradford City 1. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mat Sadler with a cross.

Foul by James Hanson (Bradford City).

James Wallace (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Filipe Morais replaces Kyel Reid.

Attempt missed. Lee Evans (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Sullay Kaikai.

Lee Evans (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zak Whitbread (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. James Hanson replaces Jamie Proctor.

Nathan Clarke (Bradford City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Booking

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Bradford City).

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

Josh Cullen (Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 0, Bradford City 1. Jamie Proctor (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Tony McMahon.

Corner, Bradford City. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

Attempt saved. Jamie Proctor (Bradford City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

(Bradford City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bradford City. Steve Davies replaces Billy Clarke.

Foul by Lee Evans (Bradford City).

Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Reece Burke (Bradford City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan422214672393380
2Burton422381151351677
3Walsall412111960421874
4Bradford422011114839971
5Millwall422091364471769
6Gillingham4219111266481868
7Barnsley422061663511266
8Rochdale421810146253964
9Sheff Utd421711146153862
10Scunthorpe421711145346762
11Port Vale431711155251162
12Coventry4216121461461560
13Southend421611155555059
14Peterborough42176197366757
15Bury421512155163-1257
16Swindon42149195768-1151
17Chesterfield42147215466-1249
18Oldham421018144253-1148
19Fleetwood421114174952-347
20Shrewsbury411211185066-1647
21Blackpool43129223954-1545
22Doncaster421011214460-1641
23Colchester42911225391-3838
24Crewe42612244278-3630
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