Shrewsbury's two-year spell in League One ended after losing to Peterborough United, who secured a play-off place.

Jon Taylor headed Shrewsbury in front but Conor Washington levelled soon after with a shot from inside the box.

Washington fired past Town keeper Chris Weale to make it 2-1 before Lloyd Isgrove added a third from close range.

Tom Bradshaw's strike reduced the deficit but, after Britt Assombalonga missed a penalty for Posh, Josh McQuoid nudged in a fourth.

Shrewsbury needed a win to stand any chance of staying up and looked to have a glimmer of hope with Taylor's early goal.

But Posh rallied to go into the play-offs, as they look to make an instant return to the Championship.

Shrewsbury Town manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Obviously I am devastated. I knew it was going to be a tall order. We showed a lot of spirit and fight. We have been unbelievable with determination and desire when defending.

"A few players have come out with a bit of credit and this club has the opportunity now to start building for the future.

"We can't let what has happened this season happen again - we have to build, big time. We have a lot of loan players and we lack the quality to compete at this level.

"With the right guidance some of our players will compete at this level again - but we have to be inspired to bring in players with pace, power and a lot more quality."

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire:

"I thought it was obviously a really poor start, but from that moment on I thought we were outstanding.

"The two goals we lost were really poor and that's the Achilles heel.

"We've got to have more desire to stop balls going into the box, I mean I've just said to the players it's not rocket science, if you keep clean sheets you win.

"We were in complete control, some of the football was outstanding, we were creating chances and on another day, it really could have been a large score."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale
  • 22 Woods
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 04 Summerfield (Hall - 67' )
  • 06 Winfield
  • 18 Goldson
  • 11 Taylor
  • 15 Wildig Booked
  • 07 Miller (Grandison - 45' )
  • 09 Bradshaw
  • 17 Parry (Eaves - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Grandison
  • 05 Iorfa
  • 24 Eaves
  • 25 Anyon
  • 26 Atajic
  • 27 Mills
  • 29 Hall

Peterborough United

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 31 Little
  • 03 Ntlhe
  • 08 Payne
  • 05 Baldwin
  • 06 Bostwick Booked
  • 21 Ajose (McCann - 90' )
  • 14 Rowe
  • 09 Assombalonga
  • 24 Washington (McQuoid - 75' )
  • 37 Isgrove (Mendez-Laing - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Alcock
  • 11 McCann
  • 13 Day
  • 17 Newell
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 36 McQuoid
Ref: Michael Bull
Att: 5,619

Match Stats

Shots

9 14

On target

5 9

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Peterborough United 4.

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Peterborough United 4.

90:00 +0:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Peterborough United 4. Josh McQuoid (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

89:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Grant McCann replaces Nicky Ajose.

84:00

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:58

Foul by Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town).

82:11

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

82:11

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:14

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Mark Little.

78:59

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

77:32

Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

75:53

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Peterborough United).

75:53

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

74:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Josh McQuoid replaces Conor Washington.

72:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Peterborough United. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Lloyd Isgrove.

71:38

Asa Hall (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

71:38

Foul by Mark Little (Peterborough United).

67:55

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

66:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Asa Hall replaces Luke Summerfield.

65:36

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

65:17

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

64:54

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

64:20

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Weale.

64:14

Attempt saved. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

62:34

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

61:19

Foul by Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town).

61:19

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:40

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

59:58

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Chris Weale.

59:43

Penalty saved! Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

59:05

Penalty Peterborough United. Conor Washington draws a foul in the penalty area.

59:05

Penalty conceded by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

53:39 Booking

Booking Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United) is shown the yellow card.

53:33

Foul by Michael Bostwick (Peterborough United).

53:33

Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:40

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

51:41

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

51:08

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:08

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

50:42

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town).

50:42

Mark Little (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:26

Attempt saved. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

48:45

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

46:41

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

46:41

Conor Washington (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:43

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

45:43

Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 2, Peterborough United 3.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Eaves replaces Paul Parry.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Shaun Miller.

45:00 +4:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Peterborough United 3.

45:00 +1:16

Corner, Peterborough United. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

45:00 +0:50 Booking

Booking Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

45:00 +0:33

Lloyd Isgrove (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:33

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

44:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Peterborough United 3. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

40:00

Lloyd Isgrove (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:58

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

38:45

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

33:40

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

32:30

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Peterborough United 3. Lloyd Isgrove (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

25:34

Foul by Jack Payne (Peterborough United).

25:34

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

24:32

Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:32

Foul by Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town).

20:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Peterborough United 2. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Rowe.

15:36

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

12:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Peterborough United 1. Conor Washington (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Lloyd Isgrove.

11:56

Foul by Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town).

11:56

Britt Assombalonga (Peterborough United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:20

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Michael Bostwick.

9:56

Attempt blocked. Nicky Ajose (Peterborough United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:36

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Peterborough United).

7:36

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

5:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Peterborough United 0. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Jacobson.

3:20

Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Peterborough United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

1:01

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

0:34

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

0:27

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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