Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.
Joey Barton secured his first three points as Bristol Rovers boss with victory over Shrewsbury Town.
Rovers should have taken a third-minute lead when Zain Westbrooke teed up Brandon Hanlan inside the box, but the striker failed to get any power into his right-footed shot.
But the hosts went ahead just before the break when a slick move down the right ended with Shrewsbury old boy Alex Rodman crossing low from the right for Luke Leahy to shoot in unchallenged at the far post.
Hanlan then doubled the advantage on the hour mark when, from Josh Vela's error, Westbrooke's cleverly weighted angled pass allowed him to run on and fire home a perfectly placed right-footed shot from the right corner of the box.
Shrewsbury, whose manager Steve Cotterill is still isolating following his Covid 19 scare, failed to register a shot on target until Daniel Udoh tapped in a cross from fellow substitute David Edwards for an injury-time consolation.
That led to drama at the death when Rovers goalkeeper Joe Day was injured bravely diving at the feet of incoming Shrewsbury right-back Matthew Pennington.
And, from the resulting corner, replacement Jordi Van Stappershoef had to make a crucial save from former Welsh international midfielder Edwards to keep it level.
Report supplied by PA Media
- 13DaySubstituted forvan Stappershoefat 90+8'minutes
- 33RodmanSubstituted forUpsonat 87'minutes
- 8WestbrookeSubstituted forBaldwinat 88'minutes
- 11NicholsonSubstituted forKoikiat 87'minutes
- 9HanlanSubstituted forAyungaat 78'minutes
- 1van Stappershoef
- 24Ebanks-LandellBooked at 70mins
- 6GossSubstituted forEdwardsat 74'minutes
- 10VelaSubstituted forDavisat 87'minutes
- 20MainSubstituted forPykeat 87'minutes
- 32ChapmanSubstituted forUdohat 67'minutes
- Paul Howard
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1.
Attempt saved. David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Shaun Whalley with a cross.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jordi van Stappershoef replaces Joe Day because of an injury.
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Joe Day.
Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Daniel Udoh (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Edwards.
Matthew Pennington (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ali Koiki (Bristol Rovers).
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jack Baldwin replaces Zain Westbrooke.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ali Koiki replaces Sam Nicholson.
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ed Upson replaces Alex Rodman.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Rekeil Pyke replaces Curtis Main.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. David Davis replaces Josh Vela.
Foul by Josh Vela (Shrewsbury Town).
Jonah Ayunga (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town).
Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Curtis Main (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cian Harries (Bristol Rovers).
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jonah Ayunga replaces Brandon Hanlan.
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