Shrewsbury 1-0 Bristol Rovers

James Collins' late winner helped Shrewsbury edge out Bristol Rovers and stay in the promotion hunt.

In a game of few chances, Shrews winger Mark Wright came close with a 25-yard shot that flashed wide.

Craig Stanley had a chance for the visitors, but his long-range effort went straight to Shrewsbury keeper Chris Neal.

The game looked to be heading for a draw, but Collins rifled home after Rovers failed to clear a corner.

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Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It was a great goal for us and for James Collins.

"He works hard for the side, he's always capable of getting into goalscoring positions, and it was a great strike.

"It's a relief we got the three points - we never really opened them up as much as we should've done in the first half, but we stuck to it and ground out the result, and in the end we deserved it.

"It was a bit of a nervy second half - and it's going to be like that between now and the end of the season."

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I didn't think we looked dangerous. We invited pressure and eventually we were beaten by the bigger team.

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We can learn from Shrews - McGhee

"If you keep taking punches then eventually you'll take a knockout punch and that's what happened.

"We might have hung on, but we didn't and you can't argue that they deserved to beat us.

"There's a lot to learn and a lot of reality. When you see a team as good as they were, it's something to aspire to."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Shrewsbury

  • 01 Neal
  • 02 Grandison
  • 03 Jacobson
  • 05 Sharps
  • 15 Regan
  • 07 Wright
  • 14 Richards
  • 19 McAllister (Wroe - 76' )
  • 23 Taylor Booked
  • 09 Collins
  • 24 Gornell (Sawyers - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Smith
  • 06 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 08 Wroe
  • 16 Ainsworth
  • 26 Sawyers

Bristol Rovers

  • 20 Poke
  • 04 Woodards
  • 05 Bolger
  • 14 Brown (Dorman - 82' Booked )
  • 37 Parks
  • 06 Stanley
  • 08 Gill Booked
  • 17 Paterson
  • 09 Harrold (Lund - 46' Booked )
  • 16 Anyinsah (McGleish - 60' )
  • 18 Richard

Substitutes

  • 01 Bevan
  • 02 Smith
  • 23 Lund
  • 34 Dorman
  • 10 McGleish
Ref: Madley
Att: 4,928

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

4 5

Corners

12 4

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:49 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:39

Matthew Richards restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:39 Booking

Booking Andy Dorman goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:24

Unfair challenge on Matthew Richards by Andy Dorman results in a free kick.

89:50

Effort from the edge of the box by Andy Dorman goes wide of the left-hand upright.

85:29 Goal scored

Goal! - James Collins - Shrewsbury 1 - 0 Bristol R Goal scored by James Collins from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Shrewsbury 1-0 Bristol Rovers.

85:03

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Richards,

83:51

Centre by Matthew Richards.

82:55

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards to the near post, clearance made by Tom Parks.

81:50 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol Rovers) makes a substitution, with Andy Dorman coming on for Lee Brown.

80:09

Centre by Jon Taylor, save by Michael Poke.

79:18

Short corner taken by Mark Wright from the left by-line.

79:00

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Richards, clearance by Tom Parks.

78:41

Mark Wright delivers the ball, James Collins takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Romaine Sawyers comes on in place of Terry Gornell.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Nicky Wroe comes on in place of David McAllister.

74:12

Mathew Gill fouled by David McAllister, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Cian Bolger.

73:27

Lee Brown challenges Carl Regan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Terry Gornell takes the indirect free kick.

72:32

David McAllister gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott McGleish. Michael Poke takes the free kick.

71:49

Corner taken by Matthew Richards from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Cian Bolger.

71:05

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Joe Jacobson.

70:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Gornell on Cian Bolger. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

68:36

Matthew Lund is caught offside. Free kick taken by Chris Neal.

67:39

Dan Woodards challenges Joe Jacobson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

63:59

Joe Jacobson takes the direct free kick.

63:59 Booking

Booking Mathew Gill is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

63:54

James Collins fouled by Mathew Gill, the ref awards a free kick.

60:26

Inswinging corner taken by Mark Wright, Ian Sharps takes a shot.

59:50 Substitution

Substitution Scott McGleish is brought on as a substitute for Joe Anyinsah.

59:33

Shot by Eliot Richards from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

59:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Anyinsah by Jermaine Grandison. Free kick taken by Cian Bolger.

58:10

Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

58:10 Booking

Booking Matthew Lund is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

58:03

Foul by Matthew Lund on Jermaine Grandison, free kick awarded.

55:28

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards from the right by-line, clearance by Cian Bolger.

55:12

Carl Regan fouled by Lee Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Regan takes the free kick.

54:58

Shot from just outside the box by Eliot Richards misses to the left of the goal.

53:29

Shot from just outside the box by Eliot Richards misses to the right of the goal.

52:50

Corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line to the near post, Matthew Richards manages to make a clearance.

52:16

Corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line played to the near post, Ian Sharps manages to make a clearance.

51:17

David McAllister challenges Lee Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Stanley takes the indirect free kick.

51:01

Joe Anyinsah takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

49:38

Mathew Gill takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

49:22

Lee Brown takes a shot. Carl Regan gets a block in.

48:32

Joe Jacobson challenges Dan Woodards unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Lee Brown, clearance made by Carl Regan.

47:48

Carl Regan takes a shot. Blocked by James Paterson.

47:42

The ball is sent over by Jon Taylor, clearance by Cian Bolger.

45:26 Substitution

Substitution Matthew Lund replaces Matt Harrold.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:55 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:17

Corner taken by Matthew Richards, clearance made by Cian Bolger.

42:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David McAllister by Eliot Richards. Terry Gornell takes the indirect free kick.

41:16

Mathew Gill concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Richards. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

38:24

Shot by Dan Woodards from outside the box goes high over the target.

37:51

Foul by Joe Jacobson on Eliot Richards, free kick awarded. Lee Brown takes the indirect free kick.

36:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Anyinsah by David McAllister. Lee Brown restarts play with the free kick. Joe Anyinsah takes a shot. Save by Chris Neal.

33:55

The official flags James Collins offside. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

32:06 Booking

Booking The referee shows Jon Taylor a yellow card.

31:47

The ball is swung over by James Collins.

29:50

Carl Regan takes a shot. Mathew Gill gets a block in.

27:16

Effort from the edge of the area by Mark Wright goes wide of the right-hand upright.

26:08

The assistant referee flags for offside against James Collins. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

24:04

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards, Shot by Ian Sharps from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

21:05

Unfair challenge on Joe Anyinsah by David McAllister results in a free kick. Mathew Gill restarts play with the free kick.

19:38

Joe Jacobson produces a cross, clearance by Cian Bolger.

18:45

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards from the right by-line, save made by Michael Poke.

15:18

Matt Harrold takes a shot. Chris Neal makes a save.

11:05

Terry Gornell challenges Cian Bolger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Poke.

10:15

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Richards, clearance made by Cian Bolger.

8:40

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Brown.

8:27

Matt Harrold takes a shot. Jermaine Grandison gets a block in.

7:44

The ball is swung over by Mark Wright.

7:05

Corner taken by Mark Wright played to the near post, save by Michael Poke.

2:56

Eliot Richards produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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