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Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

Blackburn Rovers captain Charlie Mulgrew struck twice as Blackburn defeated promotion rivals Shrewsbury.

Mulgrew marked his 50th league start with a goal early in the first half before Jon Nolan's 35th-minute penalty levelled matters.

But Danny Graham's 10th of the season and a Mulgrew spot-kick helped Rovers move to within two points of second-placed Shrewsbury.

Bradley Dack's powerful strike was superbly tipped behind before Mulgrew's curling 25-yard free-kick went in off the post to open the scoring after 14 minutes.

Shrewsbury were then awarded a penalty when Carlton Morris was brought down by David Raya, and Nolan calmly slotted home his sixth goal this season.

Town started the second half well but Rovers regained the lead on the hour after a stunning turn and volley by Dack cannoned off the post and Graham reacted quickest to tap in.

Mulgrew made sure of the points in the 70th minute with a calm penalty after Dominic Samuel was clattered, as Shrewsbury's 10-match unbeaten run was ended.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1RayaBooked at 35mins
  • 2Nyambe
  • 25Downing
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Williams
  • 31Bennett
  • 6Smallwood
  • 23Dack
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forArmstrongat 62'minutes
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forTravisat 86'minutes
  • 10GrahamSubstituted forNuttallat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Leutwiler
  • 15Ward
  • 16Caddis
  • 18Armstrong
  • 28Tomlinson
  • 35Travis
  • 38Nuttall

Shrewsbury

  • 1Henderson
  • 13Bolton
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Sadler
  • 6BecklesBooked at 13minsSubstituted forLoweat 73'minutes
  • 4GodfreySubstituted forPayneat 75'minutes
  • 7Whalley
  • 8Ogogo
  • 20Nolan
  • 23Rodman
  • 9MorrisSubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lowe
  • 10Dodds
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 15MacGillivray
  • 16Morris
  • 17Hendrie
  • 45Payne
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
13,579

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home18
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Foul by Joe Nuttall (Blackburn Rovers).

Aristote Nsiala (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Max Lowe.

Hand ball by Lenell John-Lewis (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Travis replaces Dominic Samuel.

Dangerous play by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Nuttall replaces Danny Graham.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lenell John-Lewis replaces Carlton Morris.

Delay in match Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right.

Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Stefan Payne replaces Ben Godfrey because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Max Lowe replaces Omar Beckles.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 3, Shrewsbury Town 1. Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Dominic Samuel draws a foul in the penalty area.

Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt saved. Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Armstrong replaces Craig Conway.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers).

Carlton Morris (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan26176350123857
2Shrewsbury26166434181654
3Blackburn26157448242452
4Scunthorpe27148538231550
5Bradford2715394336748
6Charlton2712783432243
7Portsmouth27133113431342
8Rotherham27125104536941
9Peterborough2711794337640
10Oxford Utd28108104341238
11Fleetwood27106113841-336
12Doncaster2798103029135
13Plymouth2898113035-535
14Gillingham2781092930-134
15Walsall268993335-233
16Blackpool2889113438-433
17Bristol Rovers27103143643-733
18Southend2887133247-1531
19MK Dons2779112838-1030
20Oldham2878134050-1029
21Northampton2885152548-2329
22Wimbledon2677122231-928
23Rochdale26410122637-1122
24Bury2745181942-2317
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