Shrewsbury Town claimed a key win over League One relegation rivals Stevenage.

Shrewsbury began brightly, visiting keeper Chris Day making important saves from Jon Taylor and Tamika Mkandawire.

Dominic Iorfa then robbed Boro's Luke Freeman to slip a fine ball through to Taylor, who fired powerfully past Day to give Town their 57th-minute lead.

Shrewsbury feel at home again

  • After going four months without a home win, Shrewsbury have now won back-to-back matches at the Meadow, completing a double over Stevenage, having won 3-1 in Hertfordshire back in November

The hosts lost midfielder Asa Hall to a second yellow card late on, but stood firm despite seven minutes of stoppage time to collect three crucial points.

Shrewsbury climbed off the bottom of the League One table, up to 22nd place, just two-points behind 20th-placed Carlisle.

Just four days after climbing off the bottom, Stevenage slip back to the foot of the table, four points from safety.

Shrewsbury keeper Chris Weale was brought back in place of Joe Anyon after a 10-game absence - one of five changes made by boss Mike Jackson following last Saturday's lifeless 1-0 defeat at Walsall.

Shrewsbury Town manager Mike Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It's a good win. It got quite stressful towards the end. But I want to congratulate the crowd. The way they responded was brilliant.

"And a big credit goes to the players. No-one else matters at this moment in time. We have been questioned about passion in the past - but I don't buy into that. We started with intent and produced an unbelievable performance.

"The whole team and even the subs who came on dug in - and we set the tone. It was tough towards the end and credit to them. Asa Hall was clumsy with his challenge to get sent off and I don't understand how the referee found seven minutes of added time.

"We made changes and some of the players were unhappy, but I am hoping everyone in this group can galvanise and get us through to the end of the season."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"In the first half, we didn't impose ourselves on the game in the way we ought to have done.

"Once again, we talk about conditions. At this time of year, you'll often find a state where the wind is whipping it up from one way to the other. We found it very difficult to get out.

"Once we got the game going forward, in the second half, a lot of the pressure and play was ours. We had some very good moments when we could have put the ball in the back of the net.

"What I hope the players learn about difficult situations is that you have to play with courage. Not when things have gone wrong, but from the outset. We didn't show enough quality and desire to take our game forward in the early stages."

Lineup, Bookings (8) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 05 Iorfa
  • 03 Jacobson Booked
  • 15 Wildig (Woods - 72' )
  • 18 Goldson
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 11 Taylor (Winfield - 89' )
  • 29 Hall Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 26 Atajic (Foley - 77' )
  • 24 Eaves
  • 17 Parry

Substitutes

  • 06 Winfield
  • 07 Miller
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 10 Foley
  • 22 Woods
  • 25 Anyon

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 22 Obeng Booked
  • 09 Charles (Flanagan - 45' )
  • 14 Heslop (Doughty - 29' )
  • 04 Dembele
  • 05 Ashton
  • 11 Akins
  • 20 Smith Booked
  • 12 Zoko Booked
  • 23 Reid Booked (Morais - 78' )
  • 15 Freeman Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Morais
  • 24 Doughty
  • 25 Flanagan
  • 28 N'Guessan
  • 29 Hartley
  • 33 Henderson
  • 40 Goodliffe
Ref: Richard Clark
Att: 5,178

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

8 6

Corners

11 4

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +7:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +6:03

Attempt saved. Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +5:43

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Paul Parry.

90:00 +5:28

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90:00 +3:40 Booking

Booking Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

88:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Dave Winfield replaces Jon Taylor.

86:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:09

Delay in match Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) because of an injury.

86:02

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:02

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

82:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

82:35

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

82:35

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:48

Attempt saved. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:32

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

79:10

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

78:17

Attempt saved. Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

77:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Craig Reid.

76:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sam Foley replaces Bahrudin Atajic.

75:30 Booking

Booking Francois Zoko (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

75:10

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:10

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

74:34

Attempt saved. Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

71:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ryan Woods replaces Aaron Wildig.

69:37

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

69:06

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

68:30

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

67:02

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:40

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Paul Parry.

66:07

Attempt saved. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:20

Foul by Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town).

65:20

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:17

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Weale.

63:00

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

62:48

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

61:40 Booking

Booking Luke Freeman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

61:36

Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:36

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

60:33 Booking

Booking Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

60:13

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:13

Foul by Curtis Obeng (Stevenage).

56:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Stevenage 0. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

55:27

Attempt saved. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

55:14

Foul by Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town).

55:14

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:21

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:37

Delay in match Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) because of an injury.

45:48

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Chris Day.

45:39

Attempt saved. Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

45:23

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

45:23

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

45:00

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 0, Stevenage 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Flanagan replaces Darius Charles because of an injury.

45:00 +3:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Stevenage 0.

45:00 +3:44

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00 +3:44

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +3:20

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

45:00 +2:48

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lucas Akins.

45:00 +2:00

Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

44:47 Booking

Booking Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

44:40

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

44:40

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:32

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

43:32

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:19

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

41:53

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

39:28

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

38:33

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lucas Akins.

37:38

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

36:13

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town).

36:13

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:24

Delay in match Darius Charles (Stevenage) because of an injury.

33:42

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

33:42

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:58

Hand ball by Curtis Obeng (Stevenage).

28:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Simon Heslop.

26:40

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Darius Charles.

26:27

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

25:27

Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:27

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

23:43

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

23:17

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Chris Day.

23:12

Attempt saved. Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

19:23

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

18:39

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

18:39

Foul by Craig Reid (Stevenage).

13:48 Booking

Booking Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

13:25

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

13:25

Craig Reid (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:58

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lucas Akins.

12:09

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:09

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

9:05 Booking

Booking Craig Reid (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

8:13

Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:13

Foul by Craig Reid (Stevenage).

6:20

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Chris Day.

6:13

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

5:28

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:28

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

4:40

Foul by Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town).

4:40

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:43

Dominic Iorfa (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:43

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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