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Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Bristol Rovers

Shrewsbury climbed off the bottom of League One with victory over Bristol Rovers.

Louis Dodds scored for the third time in as many games to give Paul Hurst's side the lead before Ian Black doubled the advantage from the penalty spot, ensuring the Shrews recorded back-to-back league victories for the first time this season.

Rovers almost took the lead in the first minute but Peter Hartley's header from a Charlie Colkett corner clipped the top of the bar.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 16th minute when Dodds pounced to score his seventh goal of the season from close range after Rovers were unable to deal with Mat Sadler's low cross from the left.

Junior Brown then saw his far-post header impressively tipped over the bar by Rovers goalkeeper Will Puddy before Black and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake both fired narrowly off target.

The visitors enjoyed plenty of possession at the start of the second half, but clear chances were hard to come by and Shrewsbury doubled their lead in the 73rd minute.

Hartley handled Brown's cross from the left and midfielder Black confidently smashed in the penalty.

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Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 3Sadler
  • 5Lancashire
  • 15Smith
  • 14Grimmer
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forWhalleyat 80'minutes
  • 8Ogogo
  • 6Black
  • 12BrownBooked at 68mins
  • 29Ebanks-BlakeSubstituted forWaringat 78'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 10DoddsSubstituted forRileyat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 7Whalley
  • 21Halstead
  • 27Waring
  • 30Jones
  • 37Barnett
  • 38Sears

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6HartleyBooked at 51mins
  • 3Brown
  • 8O Clarke
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forBodinat 66'minutes
  • 34BoatengSubstituted forHarrisonat 46'minutesBooked at 60mins
  • 35ColkettSubstituted forLinesat 47'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 7Mansell
  • 9Harrison
  • 14Lines
  • 17Easter
  • 23Bodin
  • 29James
  • 33Roos
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
6,139

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

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

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joe Riley replaces Louis Dodds.

Attempt saved. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by George Waring (Shrewsbury Town).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Booking

George Waring (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Waring (Shrewsbury Town).

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Shaun Whalley replaces Jim O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. George Waring replaces Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Ian Black (Shrewsbury Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Booking

Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Junior Brown (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Billy Bodin replaces Stuart Sinclair.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers).

Dominic Smith (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Shrewsbury Town).

Booking

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oliver Lancashire (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Dominic Smith.

Attempt blocked. James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Abu Ogogo.

Booking

Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Foul by Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town).

goal

As It Stood

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7Southend229763128334
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12Gillingham228593036-629
13Charlton2161052621528
14Millwall218493235-328
15Northampton227693333027
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17Port Vale227692636-1027
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