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Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Oxford United

Shaun Whalley scored twice as League One promotion contenders Shrewsbury beat Oxford.

Jon Nolan also weighed in for Paul Hurst's high-flying side, with Wes Thomas and Joe Rothwell replying for the visitors.

Oxford, still awaiting their first win under recently appointed manager Karl Robinson, started brightly with an early effort from Rothwell deflected wide.

Nolan and Stefan Payne then forced smart saves from Oxford goalkeeper Simon Eastwood before Shrewsbury goalkeeper Dean Henderson had to be alert to push away a shot from Jonathan Obika.

Whalley made the 40th-minute breakthrough when his 20-yard free-kick found the bottom corner of the net.

Shrewsbury doubled their advantage two minutes into the second half when Nolan's shot from outside the box took a deflection on its way to the top corner.

Bryn Morris then headed against the bar for the hosts before Thomas, having just come on as a substitute, tapped home for Oxford from close range just past the hour.

Shrewsbury quickly restored their two-goal cushion as winger Whalley confidently swept home his 12th goal of the season.

Oxford clawed another goal back in the 73rd minute when Rothwell fired home from 20 yards with the aid of a deflection.

Match report supplied by Press Association

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Henderson
  • 13Bolton
  • 5Sadler
  • 6Beckles
  • 3LoweBooked at 45mins
  • 16Morris
  • 7WhalleySubstituted forEisaat 86'minutes
  • 20Nolan
  • 4GodfreyBooked at 88mins
  • 10ThomasBooked at 32minsSubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 90+4'minutes
  • 45PayneSubstituted forJonesat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Morris
  • 11Gnahoua
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 15MacGillivray
  • 17Hendrie
  • 19Jones
  • 21Eisa

Oxford Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Eastwood
  • 19Kane
  • 16Dickie
  • 30Mousinho
  • 14Ruffels
  • 11BrannaganBooked at 85mins
  • 20ObikaSubstituted forThomasat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18Rothwell
  • 8Ledson
  • 17HenrySubstituted forBuckley-Rickettsat 75'minutes
  • 28MehmetiSubstituted forNapaat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Martin
  • 9Thomas
  • 13Shearer
  • 21Ferreira da Silva
  • 29Smith-Brown
  • 32Buckley-Ricketts
  • 36Napa
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
7,191

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 3, Oxford United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 3, Oxford United 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Shrewsbury Town).

  4. Post update

    Robert Dickie (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sam Jones replaces Stefan Payne.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lenell John-Lewis replaces Nathan Thomas.

  7. Booking

    Wes Thomas (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Wes Thomas (Oxford United).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Abobaker Eisa (Shrewsbury Town).

  11. Post update

    Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Omar Beckles.

  14. Booking

    Ben Godfrey (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ben Godfrey (Shrewsbury Town).

  16. Post update

    Wes Thomas (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Abobaker Eisa replaces Shaun Whalley.

  18. Booking

    Cameron Brannagan (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John Mousinho (Oxford United).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Blackburn392410574363882
2Shrewsbury40249755332281
3Wigan38248672254780
4Rotherham402061465491666
5Peterborough4016131163491461
6Charlton391710125347661
7Portsmouth40194175148361
8Scunthorpe401515105748960
9Plymouth39179135147460
10Bristol Rovers40166185660-454
11Bradford38165174956-753
12Southend401411154959-1053
13Fleetwood40149175357-451
14Doncaster381213134745249
15Gillingham391213144347-449
16Blackpool401114154652-647
17Oxford Utd391210175561-646
18Walsall391111174758-1144
19Oldham381110175266-1443
20Wimbledon39119193750-1342
21MK Dons401012184054-1442
22Northampton411010213669-3340
23Rochdale37814153846-838
24Bury3979233259-2730
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