Shrewsbury Town cruised to their biggest win of the season to sentence managerless Coventry City to a fourth straight defeat.
Town led when Darren Jones climbed above City keeper Joe Murphy to head in Paul Parry's right-wing corner.
Matt Richards diverted in Parry's free-kick to double the lead on 21 minutes.
Town struck twice in two minutes with a Richards penalty before Marvin Morgan ran clear for the fourth, John Fleck pulling one back with a late penalty.
When they last met . . .
- Shrewsbury Town and Coventry City last met almost 49 years ago when they drew 0-0 in a Division Three clash in October 1963 at the Gay Meadow - just eight days after the Sky Blues had won 8-1 at Highfield Road
The Sky Blues' spot-kick was for a foul from Coventry old boy Jermaine Grandison on Gary McSheffrey.
But it was all they deserved after a poor, error-strewn performance.
Graham Turner's Town had the chance to have won by more. They had led 4-0 just past the hour mark when Morgan struck a stunning fourth goal barely 60 seconds after Richards had sent Murphy the wrong way when Luke Summerfield was fouled inside the box by William Edjenguelle.
Coventry are expected to make an announcement on their managerial vacancy on Wednesday.
But it did not look a good omen for caretaker boss Richard Shaw as the Sky Blues suffered their fourth straight league defeat under his command.
Fleck's penalty actually prevented Coventry from going bottom of League One - but it looks like a tough rebuilding job for whoever gets the job.
And former Rotherham United and Barnsley boss Mark Robins - one of the three men on the shortlist given a second interview - has now emerged as the hot favourite to take over.
VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM
Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:
"After the setback of losing our long unbeaten run against Scunthorpe on Saturday, we were looking for a response and we could not have asked much for more than that.
"The only way you can react is what we've done tonight and I've got to be very pleased.
"We've actually played better than the points we've got so far. We murdered Tranmere here and they're top. But the early goal going in settled us and tonight, for once, the goals went in."
Sky Blues caretaker manager Richard Shaw told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:
"Joe Murphy should have done a lot better with the cross for that first goal, as should the defenders, and that just set the tone for the whole performance, which was embarrassing.
"Whether it was lack of motivation, lack of desire or whatever you want to call it, I think the players let themselves down as well as the supporters that turned up, and yes, I feel let down too.
"You say all the right things before the game and then again at half-time but, for whatever reason, they didn't do it."
- 01 Weale
- 02 Grandison Booked
- 03 Jacobson
- 05 Jones
- 23 Hector
- 04 Summerfield
- 08 Richards (Wright - 71' )
- 17 Parry
- 20 Wildig
- 10 Morgan
- 24 Gornell (Taylor - 82' )
- 25 Anyon
- 18 Goldson
- 06 Purdie
- 07 Wright
- 11 Taylor
- 14 Hall
- 16 Doble
- 01 Murphy
- 02 Clarke
- 03 Hussey
- 24 Wood Booked
- 25 Edjenguele Booked
- 08 Baker (Fleck - 46' )
- 12 Jennings
- 15 Kilbane (McSheffrey - 63' )
- 16 Barton (Daniels - 46' )
- 14 Elliott
- 31 McGoldrick
- 13 Dunn
- 35 Brown
- 10 Fleck
- 09 McDonald
- 11 McSheffrey
- 19 O'Donovan
- 27 Daniels
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.90:00 +2:05
Gary McSheffrey takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line, Michael Hector makes a clearance.90:00 +1:45
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Wright. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.90:00 +1:29
Chris Hussey delivers the ball, clearance made by Michael Hector.90:00 +0:38
Foul by Jon Taylor on William Edjenguele, free kick awarded. William Edjenguele takes the direct free kick.89:54
A cross is delivered by John Fleck, clearance made by Michael Hector.89:10
Effort from the edge of the box by David McGoldrick goes wide of the left-hand upright. Gary McSheffrey takes a short corner.88:26
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mark Wright, The ball is swung over by Darren Jones, Jordan Clarke makes a clearance.85:04 Booking
Booking Jermaine Grandison goes into the referee's book for time wasting.83:45
Unfair challenge on William Edjenguele by Jon Taylor results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.81:45 Substitution
Substitution Jon Taylor comes on in place of Terry Gornell.81:26
The referee blows for offside against Terry Gornell. Jordan Clarke takes the free kick.81:00
Billy Daniels takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Hector.80:27
Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line, clearance by Jermaine Grandison.79:53
The ball is delivered by John Fleck, clearance made by Jermaine Grandison.78:12
The ball is delivered by David McGoldrick.77:03
Centre by John Fleck, clearance made by Darren Jones.76:45
Marvin Morgan sends in a cross, Chris Hussey makes a clearance.76:16
The referee blows for offside against Marvin Morgan. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.75:30
John Fleck produces a cross.
Goal! - John Fleck - Shrewsbury 4 - 1 Coventry John Fleck scores a placed penalty. Shrewsbury 4-1 Coventry.73:16
Jermaine Grandison concedes a Penalty for a foul on Gary McSheffrey.72:49
David McGoldrick takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Jacobson.72:34
Richard Wood delivers the ball, clearance by Terry Gornell.71:24
The ball is sent over by Jermaine Grandison.70:04 Substitution
Substitution Mark Wright comes on in place of Matthew Richards.70:04
Gary McSheffrey decides to take a short corner.68:43
John Fleck gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Richards. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Richards.67:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by Chris Hussey. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.67:10
Billy Daniels takes a shot. Save made by Chris Weale.65:48
Effort from the edge of the box by Stephen Elliott goes wide of the left-hand post. Corner taken by David McGoldrick. John Fleck decides to take a short corner, clearance made by Matthew Richards.63:23
The assist for the goal came from Joe Jacobson.63:23 Goal scored
Goal! - Marvin Morgan - Shrewsbury 4 - 0 Coventry Goal scored by Marvin Morgan from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Shrewsbury 4-0 Coventry.62:57
Luke Summerfield gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey. Free kick taken by Chris Hussey.62:15 Substitution
Substitution (Coventry) makes a substitution, with Gary McSheffrey coming on for Kevin Kilbane.61:28 Goal scored
Goal! - Matthew Richards - Shrewsbury 3 - 0 Coventry Placed penalty scored by Matthew Richards. Shrewsbury 3-0 Coventry.60:35
William Edjenguele challenges Luke Summerfield unfairly and gives away a Penalty.56:21
Darren Jones challenges Steven Jennings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.55:43
Unfair challenge on Terry Gornell by William Edjenguele results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.53:31
Foul by Jermaine Grandison on Kevin Kilbane, free kick awarded. John Fleck takes the indirect free kick.52:45
Marvin Morgan is caught offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.52:00
Aaron Wildig fouled by David McGoldrick, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.50:51
Joe Jacobson restarts play with the free kick.50:51 Booking
Booking Richard Wood receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.50:40
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by Richard Wood.46:18
The ball is swung over by Kevin Kilbane, Joe Jacobson makes a clearance.45:40
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Fleck by Joe Jacobson. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Clarke.45:25
Stephen Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Grandison. Darren Jones takes the free kick.45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Carl Baker leaves the field to be replaced by John Fleck.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Billy Daniels joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Barton.45:00 +1:25 Half time
Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.45:00 +0:23
The official flags Terry Gornell offside. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hussey.44:19
Steven Jennings fouled by Marvin Morgan, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Wood takes the direct free kick.43:35
Stephen Elliott produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.43:09
A cross is delivered by Jordan Clarke, clearance by Jermaine Grandison.41:00
Unfair challenge on William Edjenguele by Terry Gornell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by William Edjenguele.39:57
Steven Jennings challenges Luke Summerfield unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Jacobson takes the direct free kick.38:44
Effort on goal by Terry Gornell from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.37:50
Paul Parry has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.34:45
Chris Hussey crosses the ball.31:56
David McGoldrick produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.27:07
David McGoldrick sends in a cross, clearance by Darren Jones.26:35
Matthew Richards produces a cross, clearance by William Edjenguele.24:21
Carl Baker sends in a cross, Darren Jones manages to make a clearance.20:05 Goal scored
Goal! - Paul Parry - Shrewsbury 2 - 0 Coventry Free kick scored by Paul Parry from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Shrewsbury 2-0 Coventry.19:09
Unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by William Edjenguele results in a free kick.16:09
Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.14:45
Centre by Kevin Kilbane, clearance made by Joe Jacobson.11:11
The ball is swung over by Paul Parry, clearance by Richard Wood.10:08
Luke Summerfield produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.9:14 Booking
Booking William Edjenguele receives a yellow card.8:55
Unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by William Edjenguele results in a free kick. Paul Parry takes the indirect free kick.8:09
The referee gives a free kick against Stephen Elliott for handball. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.7:49
The official flags Terry Gornell offside. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.7:19
The ball is sent over by Paul Parry, William Edjenguele manages to make a clearance.5:35
Jermaine Grandison produces a cross, clearance made by Chris Hussey.2:49
Assist on the goal came from Paul Parry.2:49 Goal scored
Goal! - Darren Jones - Shrewsbury 1 - 0 Coventry Darren Jones finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Shrewsbury 1-0 Coventry.2:31
Corner taken by Paul Parry from the right by-line.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
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