League Two
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Shrewsbury Town 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

Liam Lawrence
Liam Lawrence helped Shrewsbury extend their impressive home record

Goals from Liam Lawrence and Scott Vernon maintained Shrewsbury Town's unbeaten home record in League Two to keep them top of the table.

AFC Wimbledon were hampered by the loss of goalkeeper James Shea, who was stretchered off in the 23rd minute and replaced by youngster Joe McDonnell.

The 20-year-old debutant was beaten in first-half stoppage time when Lawrence drilled the ball home from 12 yards.

Vernon then headed his first league goal of the season to seal the points.

Shrewsbury still boast the best home record in the country, having won 13 of their 16 league games, conceding just six goals.

Micky Mellon's men remain top only on goal difference from Burton Albion, who also enjoyed a 2-0 home win, against Oxford United.

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I'm very pleased. It's another hard-fought game against a team who came here with a very clear game plan. They tried to frustrate us and did that at times.

"There is never a perfect time to score - but it was certainly good to get in at half time one up. We got balls into the key areas and put Wimbledon under immense pressure.

"I am very pleased with our professionalism, as there was a lot of hard work, but we want more. This isn't my poker face. It makes no difference what other sides have done. We remain focused on what we need to do."

Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"In the first 15 minutes we didn't pass it well enough and didn't have enough quality about us, but we grew into the game.

"In the first half it was our decision making when we got in great areas. The final pass wasn't good enough.

"in the second half we started bright and then you concede from a set-piece which we haven't done lately. That's hard to take."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2GrandisonSubstituted forRandallat 90'minutes
  • 6Goldson
  • 5EllisBooked at 43mins
  • 3Demetriou
  • 4Woods
  • 22Clark
  • 11LawrenceSubstituted forGrantat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Vernon
  • 9Collins
  • 23BarnettSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vincent
  • 12Gayle
  • 21Halstead
  • 24Grant
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 27Randall
  • 28Mandron

Wimbledon

Formation 4-3-3

  • 20SheaSubstituted forMcDonnellat 23'minutes
  • 2Fuller
  • 36WinfieldBooked at 85mins
  • 40Oshilaja
  • 17Kennedy
  • 7Francomb
  • 4Bulman
  • 19Reeves
  • 14AzeezBooked at 2minsSubstituted forAkinfenwaat 63'minutes
  • 34ConnollySubstituted forRiggat 68'minutes
  • 27Tanner

Substitutes

  • 3Smith
  • 8Moore
  • 10Akinfenwa
  • 11Rigg
  • 21Beere
  • 26McDonnell
  • 35Potter
Referee:
Andy Haines
Attendance:
4,992

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, AFC Wimbledon 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bobby Grant (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Post update

    Callum Kennedy (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Bobby Grant replaces Liam Lawrence.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Connor Randall replaces Jermaine Grandison.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

  12. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

  14. Post update

    Adedeji Oshilaja (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Booking

    Dave Winfield (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dave Winfield (AFC Wimbledon).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.