League One
ShrewsburyShrewsbury Town2RochdaleRochdale0

Shrewsbury claimed their first home League One victory since October to move out of the relegation zone.

Mid-table Rochdale fell behind when Shaun Whalley drilled a low shot past Josh Lillis from just inside the area.

The hosts doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time when Whalley's corner was headed in at the far post by skipper Nat Knight-Percival.

Jayson Leutwiler saved a long-range Ian Henderson drive to help Shrewsbury to a third clean sheet in four league games.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We've not won enough games here over the course of the season. It was important that we started to do that and it was a thoroughly deserved win.

"The players were anxious to do well. We could feel that. We changed the shape a little bit and it probably allowed us to freshen it up in different areas.

"The lads that have come in have added to the energy levels and got us going. The crowd, who we asked to get behind us, were terrific. They've helped as well."

Rochdale manager Keith Hill told BBC Radio Manchester:

"We didn't start on the front foot. I don't think we can concede ground to Shrewsbury like we did in the first 20 minutes or so.

"I don't feel as though we've been anywhere near the way that we started the last four games. Both goals are sloppy.

"I feel as though we rode our luck in the first half. Every player has got to turn up individually and say 'right, I'm going to win my battle'."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 15Grimmer
  • 4Whitbread
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 12Brown
  • 10Whalley
  • 6Black
  • 17Ogogo
  • 22Clark
  • 19ManganSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 86'minutes
  • 7Vassell

Substitutes

  • 8Wellens
  • 16Vernon
  • 21Halstead
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 29Cole
  • 31Smith
  • 88Grandin

Rochdale

  • 1Lillis
  • 2RaffertySubstituted forCampsat 60'minutes
  • 5Eastham
  • 15Canavan
  • 4McNulty
  • 8Lund
  • 24AllenBooked at 83mins
  • 25RoseSubstituted forNoble-Lazarusat 45'minutes
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forBunneyat 45'minutes
  • 18Holt
  • 40Henderson

Substitutes

  • 3Bennett
  • 11Noble-Lazarus
  • 12McDermott
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 23Collis
  • 28Camps
  • 39Bunney
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
4,221

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamRochdale
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Rochdale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Rochdale 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reuben Noble-Lazarus (Rochdale) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Zak Whitbread (Shrewsbury Town).

  6. Post update

    Ian Henderson (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Andy Mangan.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Ian Black.

  10. Booking

    Jamie Allen (Rochdale) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Bunney (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  13. Post update

    Kyle Vassell (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ian Henderson (Rochdale).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town).

  18. Post update

    Jimmy McNulty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

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