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Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Gillingham

Shrewsbury Town hit a goal in each half as they beat Gillingham to claim their first win in almost two months.

Town left-back Joe Jacobsen met Paul Parry's 17th-minute right-wing corner to calmly loop home a far-post header.

Home keeper Chris Weale made fine saves to keep out Cody McDonald's fierce free-kick and a Callum Davies header.

But on-loan Wolves man Liam McAlinden scored on his debut to settle the outcome on 81 minutes, with a cool finish from Tom Bradshaw's clever pass.

McAlinden's debut goal came just seven minutes after coming on for fellow debutant loan striker Cristian Lopez.

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Shrewsbury Town manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It's a relief to win the game - especially when the final whistle went after six added minutes. We have been conceding so many late goals this season - so this is a great result for us.

"Gillingham are a difficult side to play against with the power and pace - but I feel we did very well today, controlled the game and made it comfortable.

"The contribution from our front men was exceptional - our new signings settled in and I'm confident they can go on and continue to make a contribution."

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent

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Martin Allen's final interview as Gillingham manager

"I thought we'd done ok. It's not how we've been playing. It was particularly disappointing to lose a goal to a set-piece.

"We never created a great deal. We hit the post and, right at the very end, we had more chances. But it was particularly disappointing to concede a goal like that after all the work we'd done.

"It was a definite penalty (for a pull on Cody McDonald) but we can't do anything about that.

"It's been a fantastic couple of weeks with the players, I just don't think we were at the level we have been for the last few weeks."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 22Woods
  • 3Jacobson
  • 8McAllisterSubstituted forGoldsonat 71'minutes
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 6Winfield
  • 11Taylor
  • 15Wildig
  • 27C. López Substituted forMcAlindenat 74'minutes
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 17ParrySubstituted forReachat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Jones
  • 12McQuade
  • 14Marsden
  • 18Goldson
  • 20McAlinden
  • 23Reach
  • 25Anyon

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 18Lee
  • 3J Martin
  • 19Hollands
  • 26Barrett
  • 5Davies
  • 14AllenBooked at 63mins
  • 12GregorySubstituted forGermanat 70'minutes
  • 10McDonald
  • 9KedwellSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 82'minutes
  • 7WhelpdaleSubstituted forWestonat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Linganzi
  • 6Legge
  • 8Akinfenwa
  • 11Weston
  • 15Dack
  • 16German
  • 21Howard
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
5,129

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Gillingham 0.

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

Foul by Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town).

Joe Martin (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

Attempt saved. Adam Reach (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Liam McAlinden (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antonio German (Gillingham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Adam Reach replaces Paul Parry.

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Charlie Allen (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Liam McAlinden (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Lee (Gillingham).

Paul Parry (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Adebayo Akinfenwa replaces Danny Kedwell.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Gillingham 0. Liam McAlinden (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Bradshaw.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Danny Hollands.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

Attempt missed. Aaron Wildig (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cody McDonald (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Liam McAlinden replaces Cristian.

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Kedwell (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Cody McDonald (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Connor Goldson replaces David McAllister.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Antonio German replaces Steven Gregory.

Attempt saved. Danny Kedwell (Gillingham) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Stuart Nelson.

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

Booking

Charlie Allen (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Charlie Allen (Gillingham).

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient119201929
2Peterborough119111528
3Wolves108111425
4Bradford106311321
5Preston11542519
6Rotherham11542119
7Swindon11524717
8MK Dons11443416
9Crawley10442316
10Walsall11443116
11Brentford11434-215
12Port Vale11425-314
13Shrewsbury11263-112
14Colchester11263-412
15Carlisle10334-912
16Gillingham11236-69
17Crewe11236-159
18Oldham10226-38
19Stevenage11227-108
20Coventry1052357
21Notts County10217-67
22Bristol City10064-66
23Sheff Utd10127-105
24Tranmere10127-125
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