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Shrewsbury Town 0-3 Rotherham United

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at the Greenhous Meadow
Ben Pringle

Shrewsbury Town crashed to a sixth straight home defeat as Rotherham United tore them apart with three goals inside the first 21 minutes.

QPR loan striker Tom Hitchcock headed the Millers in front from ex-Town loan man James Tavernier's cross.

Then, after Tom Eaves had hit the post for Shrewsbury, Ben Pringle made it two with a left-foot volley from 18 yards.

Tavernier, on loan from Newcastle United, added a close-range third with a right-foot shot.

Rotherham's pace and movement proved too much for Shrewsbury, whose injury crisis had reduced manager Graham Turner to having to pick two injured players on his bench.

The Millers could have won by more, but Town keeper Chris Weale made a stunning save to claw away Kieran Agard's header before Pringle hit the bar with the last kick of the first half.

Lee Frecklington missed a golden chance when he rounded the keeper late on, only to miscue wide of the target.

Shrewsbury slip to 20th - just a point above the League One relegation zone - while Rotherham remain fifth, 12 points of the automatic promotion places.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"You can't concede goals like that. They were appalling. And we have asked for it, with poor defending. We couldn't cope with Rotherham's threat.

"It was an embarrassing 20 minutes. After that, the least you should expect is to up the tempo.

"Confidence has been drained from the players over the past few weeks and we have to ideally bring in a few additions to try and rectify that - we've worked hard at that, but not yet achieved anything.

"I take full responsibility for the result. I have never been anything but confident of managing a Football League team. We'll have to see what the next few days and next few weeks bring."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Weale
  • 18GoldsonBooked at 79mins
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 34mins
  • 22Woods
  • 6Winfield
  • 16MkandawireBooked at 65mins
  • 11Taylor
  • 8McAllister
  • 24EavesSubstituted forBradshawat 80'minutes
  • 29HallSubstituted forMarsdenat 66'minutes
  • 30SchmeltzSubstituted forParryat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 5Jones
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 12McQuade
  • 14Marsden
  • 17Parry
  • 25Anyon

Rotherham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Collin
  • 27Tavernier
  • 3Skarz
  • 8Frecklington
  • 25Addison
  • 14BradleyBooked at 86mins
  • 22Agard
  • 15MilsomBooked at 41mins
  • 35HitchcockBooked at 65minsSubstituted forThomasat 66'minutes
  • 9RevellSubstituted forVuckicat 82'minutes
  • 18PringleSubstituted forTurgottat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Shearer
  • 2Brindley
  • 10O'Connor
  • 16Turgott
  • 26Thomas
  • 28Vuckic
  • 31Rowe
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
5,116

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Rotherham United 3.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Blair Turgott replaces Ben Pringle.

  6. Booking

    Mark Bradley (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Mark Bradley (Rotherham United).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Haris Vuckic replaces Alex Revell.

  11. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Wes Thomas (Rotherham United).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Sidney Schmeltz.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Tom Bradshaw replaces Tom Eaves.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kieran Agard.

  16. Booking

    Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Ben Pringle (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

  20. Post update

    Kieran Agard (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient26176356243257
2Brentford26175445242156
3Wolves26157441192252
4Preston2613943627948
5Rotherham26128645341144
6Peterborough26133104032842
7Walsall2711973024642
8Port Vale26123113739-239
9Swindon26114114236637
10MK Dons2510694136536
11Coventry26128655451034
12Colchester2681083534134
13Bradford2671273832633
14Gillingham2795133545-1032
15Crawley247982732-530
16Notts County2783163339-627
17Oldham2676132734-727
18Carlisle2676132847-1927
19Sheff Utd2668122635-926
20Shrewsbury2768132635-926
21Tranmere2667132948-1925
22Bristol City2541293639-324
23Crewe2666142553-2824
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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