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Swindon Town 3-1 Shrewsbury Town

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:

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Post-match: Swindon's Wes Foderingham

"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."

Line-ups

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 2Thompson
  • 14McEveleySubstituted forReckordat 48'minutes
  • 4LuongoBooked at 65mins
  • 22Ward
  • 29Branco
  • 11Pritchard
  • 8MasonSubstituted forHarleyat 17'minutes
  • 28Smith
  • 15Kasim
  • 3ByrneSubstituted forRangerat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Harley
  • 9Ranger
  • 19Thompson
  • 23Barthram
  • 25Belford
  • 33Barker
  • 34Reckord

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 22Woods
  • 3Jacobson
  • 10FyvieSubstituted forGrandisonat 74'minutes
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 18Goldson
  • 17ParrySubstituted forSchmeltzat 90'minutes
  • 8McAllister
  • 24EavesSubstituted forAtajicat 88'minutes
  • 29Hall
  • 11Taylor

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 6Winfield
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12McQuade
  • 25Anyon
  • 26Atajic
  • 30Schmeltz
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
7,448

Match Stats

Home TeamSwindonAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away12
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, Swindon Town 3, Shrewsbury Town 1.

Full Time

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

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.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nathan Thompson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Sidney Schmeltz replaces Paul Parry.

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.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Tamika Mkandawire.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bahrudin Atajic replaces Tom Eaves.

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

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ryan Harley.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Darren Ward.

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

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.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Fraser Fyvie.

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

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

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

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Michael Smith (Swindon Town).

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Nile Ranger replaces Nathan Byrne.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Raphael Rossi Branco.

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

Foul by Raphael Rossi Branco (Swindon Town).

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

Foul by Ryan Harley (Swindon Town).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Brentford27185447252259
2Leyton Orient26176356243257
3Wolves27167444202455
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham27129647361145
6Walsall28129735251045
7Peterborough28143114840845
8Swindon27124114537840
9Port Vale26123113739-239
10MK Dons26106104138336
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2895143647-1132
15Crawley2571082934-531
16Oldham2786133238-630
17Tranmere2777133048-1828
18Notts County2983183748-1127
19Carlisle2676132847-1927
20Crewe2876152754-2727
21Sheff Utd2668122635-926
22Shrewsbury2868142738-1126
23Bristol City26412103742-524
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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