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Accrington Stanley 2-1 Shrewsbury Town

Accrington kept their League One play-off ambitions on track with back-to-back victories after celebrating a Boxing Day victory over Shrewsbury.

Former Shrews winger Jordan Clark and Billy Kee were on target for the Reds, while Oliver Norburn got one back from the penalty spot for Sam Ricketts' side in the second half.

Stanley had a dream start when Clark got the ball just outside the area before firing into the bottom corner inside the first 30 seconds of the match.

The hosts doubled their lead in the 21st minute when the Shrews gave the ball away to Clark, who charged forward and crossed for Kee to fire in his eighth goal of the season.

Stanley were the dominant side but Shrewsbury midfielder Josh Laurent had a free header from close range just before the break, but could not find the target.

The Shrews were then back in the match when Callum Johnson was adjudged to have fouled forward Fejiri Okenabirhie in the area and Norburn scored the penalty in the 52th minute.

Norburn almost levelled a minute later but was superbly denied by Accrington goalkeeper Connor Ripley, while Steve Arnold kept out Clark at the other end and Offrande Zanzala fired wide as the Stanley held on for maximum points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 30Ripley
  • 2Johnson
  • 4Ihiekwe
  • 3Hughes
  • 24Wilmer-Anderton
  • 7ClarkBooked at 36mins
  • 14Finley
  • 26Barlaser
  • 11McConville
  • 10HallSubstituted forZanzalaat 71'minutes
  • 29Kee

Substitutes

  • 1Maxted
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 8Brown
  • 9Zanzala
  • 15Sykes
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 19Mangan

Shrewsbury

  • 15Arnold
  • 13Bolton
  • 5SadlerBooked at 55mins
  • 22Waterfall
  • 3Haynes
  • 29Norburn
  • 42GrantSubstituted forAngolat 87'minutes
  • 8Docherty
  • 28LaurentSubstituted forGillieadat 72'minutes
  • 12Okenabirhie
  • 20Amadi-HollowaySubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Coleman
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 9Angol
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 18Gilliead
  • 23Colkett
  • 27Sears
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
3,061

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Sean McConville.

Attempt missed. Offrande Zanzala (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lee Angol replaces Anthony Grant.

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

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

Attempt saved. James Bolton (Shrewsbury Town) header from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Nick Anderton (Accrington Stanley).

Greg Docherty (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Haynes (Shrewsbury Town).

Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norburn (Shrewsbury Town).

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Michael Ihiekwe.

Attempt missed. Alex Gilliead (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Alex Gilliead replaces Josh Laurent.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Offrande Zanzala replaces Connor Hall.

Sam Finley (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Haynes (Shrewsbury Town).

Michael Ihiekwe (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lenell John-Lewis (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt missed. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jordan Clark.

Attempt saved. Greg Docherty (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Callum Johnson (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fejiri Okenabirhie (Shrewsbury Town).

Connor Hall (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt saved. Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Connor Hall (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town).

goal

As It Stood

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5Barnsley23126538211742
6Peterborough24118541311041
7Doncaster2411673931839
8Blackpool239772624234
9Accrington239772728-134
10Fleetwood249693325833
11Southend24102123030032
12Wycombe248883435-132
13Coventry2495102529-432
14Walsall248792537-1231
15Burton2393112932-330
16Rochdale2486103343-1030
17Gillingham2484123538-328
18Shrewsbury2477102831-328
19Oxford Utd2468103136-526
20Bristol Rovers2465132329-623
21Bradford2463152440-1621
22Wimbledon2463151935-1621
23Scunthorpe2456132951-2221
24Plymouth2455142746-1920
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