Swindon debutant Michael Smith scored a brace to earn his side victory over a battling Shrewsbury.

Smith opened the scoring when he met Yaser Kasim's cross before finding the top corner.

The visitors drew level as Paul Parry's thunderbolt from 25 yards gave goalkeeper Wes Foderingham no chance.

But Nile Ranger's close range header and Smith's second ensured Michael Jackson's first game in caretaker charge of the Shrews ended in defeat.

The win meant Swindon remain ninth, five points off the play-offs, while Shrewsbury's fourth straight defeat leaves them in 22nd.

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Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham told BBC Wiltshire:

"We're obviously relieved we got two late goals but we made it difficult for ourselves.

"It was difficult [conditions]. At times I looked like an 11-year-old girl kicking a ball because it didn't go far at all.

"I was just praying the ball didn't go out so I had to take another one.

"I've played in those conditions before and sometimes you just have to try and strike through the ball to get it as far up the pitch as you can."

Shrewsbury Town caretaker manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I am not going to lie - it is a difficult result to take. The players have done what they have been asked to and, up to the 89th minute, they had done it.

"The biggest thing for me is the performance and the attitude - from that point of view it is positive.

"It's been a whirlwind [since Graham Turner's departure] - phone calls, interviews, players.

"I am looking at Colchester tomorrow and looking at how we play them. We have Brentford next Saturday and we need the support from the fans to help get the results. I am targeting four points from our next two games."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Swindon Town

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 02 Thompson
  • 14 McEveley (Reckord - 48' )
  • 04 Luongo Booked
  • 22 Ward
  • 29 Branco
  • 11 Pritchard
  • 08 Mason (Harley - 17' )
  • 28 Smith
  • 15 Kasim
  • 03 Byrne (Ranger - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Harley
  • 09 Ranger
  • 19 Thompson
  • 23 Barthram
  • 25 Belford
  • 33 Barker
  • 34 Reckord

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 22 Woods
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 10 Fyvie (Grandison - 74' )
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 18 Goldson
  • 17 Parry (Schmeltz - 90' )
  • 08 McAllister
  • 24 Eaves (Atajic - 88' )
  • 29 Hall
  • 11 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 02 Grandison
  • 06 Winfield
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 12 McQuade
  • 25 Anyon
  • 26 Atajic
  • 30 Schmeltz
Ref: Trevor Kettle
Att: 7,448

Match Stats

Shots

13 15

On target

6 8

Corners

4 12

Fouls

6 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Swindon Town 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

90:00 +3:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Swindon Town 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

90:00 +2:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swindon Town 3, Shrewsbury Town 1. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nile Ranger.

90:00 +0:46

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

90:00 +0:40

Attempt blocked. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

89:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sidney Schmeltz replaces Paul Parry.

88:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swindon Town 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Nile Ranger (Swindon Town) header from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

88:03

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

87:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves.

86:49

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

86:05

Attempt missed. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

85:44

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ryan Harley.

80:02

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

78:53

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

77:55

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Darren Ward.

77:00

Attempt saved. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:51

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

76:38

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:54

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

75:38

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

74:40

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

73:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Fraser Fyvie.

73:06

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

70:10

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

69:11

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

66:28

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

66:09

Attempt saved. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:28 Booking

Booking Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) is shown the yellow card.

64:07

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

64:07

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

61:52

Attempt missed. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

61:42

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) hits the bar with a header from very close range following a corner.

61:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Nile Ranger replaces Nathan Byrne.

60:39

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

58:34

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

57:01

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

57:01

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:45

Foul by Ryan Harley (Swindon Town).

54:45

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

47:48

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Jamie Reckord replaces James McEveley because of an injury.

46:43

Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:43

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Swindon Town 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Swindon Town 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 +1:37

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:33

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Chris Weale.

45:00 +0:18

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swindon Town 1, Shrewsbury Town 1. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jon Taylor following a set piece situation.

43:03

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

43:03

Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:54

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:54

Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).

38:11

Foul by Ryan Harley (Swindon Town).

38:11

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:20

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ryan Harley.

30:53

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

29:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swindon Town 1, Shrewsbury Town 0. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Yaser Kasim with a cross following a corner.

29:01

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

27:26

Attempt saved. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:03

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

22:47

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

16:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swindon Town. Ryan Harley replaces Ryan Mason because of an injury.

16:40

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:40

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

12:17

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

11:24

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

11:24

Ryan Mason (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:32

Attempt saved. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

9:02

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

7:11

Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Swindon Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

6:41

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Fraser Fyvie.

5:18

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

5:18

Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:05

Attempt missed. Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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