Shrewsbury Town end their ten-game winless record as they secure a priceless victory against table-toppers Hull City.
A coupon buster occurred in Humberside as a Shrewsbury Town
side at the wrong end of the table, defeated the league leaders.
Town were full value as a regimented defence coupled with
endeavourer at the other end of the pitch; was enough to secure the win at the
Charlie Daniels scored his first Shrewsbury league goal, and
despite a few nervy moments at the end, Steve Cotterill can celebrate his first
victory in charge.
He made just the one change from
the side that drew 1-1 with Charlton Athletic last weekend. Josh Vela was
drafted in at the expense of Marc Pugh who dropped to the bench.
The home side made the early
inroads. Half-hearted appeals for a penalty were turned down when Wilkes’ cross
struck Ro Shaun-Williams’ elbow – but the defender’s arms were in a ‘natural’
position. Former Town loanee Josh Emmanuel moved through the gears, and struck
a left footed effort narrowly wide of the post.
At the other end, Shrewsbury were
awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box. However, Sean Goss’ set-piece was
straight at goalkeeper Matt Ingram. The visitors began to enjoy some pressure
of their own. Former Middlesbrough midfielder Richard Smallwood could only
clear as far as Charlie Daniels. Sean Goss’ clever dummy allowed the ball to
run free for Ollie Norburn – the Town Captain’s deflected shot was turned
behind by Matt Ingram.
Steve Cotterill’s side were very
much in the ascendancy. Charlie Daniels’ radar was slightly askew, but Matt
Ingram was scrambling across his goal. And with 27th minutes on the
clock, Shrewsbury found the goal that their play merited. Daniels was harshly
booked for time-wasting from a throw-in, but the decision seemed to spur the
full-back on. Fantastic midfield play eventually allowed Daniel Udoh to guide
the ball into Charlie Daniels who carried on his run into the area – he lifted
over Matt Ingram to nudge Shrewsbury ahead.
Hull City had the final
opportunity of a lively first half. Ex-Sunderland midfielder George Honeyman
swept a free-kick into the danger area which was met by Reece Burke. His header
just about cleared the crossbar.
Town continued to pose a threat in
the early stages of the second half. Aaron Pierre was completely unmarked
inside the area, but he couldn’t connect to Charlie Daniels’ free-kick. The
Grenada international also nodded wide following Shaun Whalley’s delivery.
Grant McCann’s side struggled to
create meaningful opportunities; but Greg Docherty should have equalised.
Wilkes’ neat lay-off from Elder’s corner reached the former Shrewsbury loanee,
but he could only volley over from close range.
Shrewsbury were defending
superbly. One such example was when Ro Shaun-Williams cut out Elder’s cross
with Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis looking to pounce.
The final opportunity of a
wonderful afternoon for those of a Blue and Amber persuasion, fell to the 2014
FA Cup finalists. Lewie Coyle found space on the right and crossed for the
unmarked George Honeyman – the midfielder hooked over when he should have
The much-needed win sees Town
rise a place to 22nd. Hull remain top by virtue of Lincoln’s heavy
loss to Sunderland. Shrewsbury will be hoping to take advantage of potential
low Lincoln morale when they visit the Imps on Tuesday night – Hull go to
Team Line Ups
13. Ingram, 12. Emmanuel (79), 5.
Burke, 24. Greaves, 3. Elder, 6. Smallwood (62), 10. Honeyman, 33. Docherty, 7.
Wilkes, 27. Magennis, 16. Adelakun (62)
Subs: 2. Coyle (79), 8. Batty, 9. Eaves
(62), 17. McLaughlin, 18. Slater, 19. Lewis-Potter (62), 32. Cartwright
Subs Not Used: 8. Batty, 17. McLaughlin, 18. Slater, 32. Cartwright
31. Sarkic, 14. Millar, 5.
Williams, 24. Ebanks-Landell, 2. Pierre, 15. C. Daniels, 10. Vela, 8. Norburn,
6. Goss (81), 7. Whalley (69), 23. Udoh (90)
Subs: 1. Burgoyne, 3. Golbourne, 4. Edwards (81), 20. Tracey (90), 22. J. Daniels, 27. Pugh (69), 35. Cummings
Subs Not Used: 1. Burgoyne, 3. Golbourne, 22. J. Daniels, 35. Cummings
Other League One Results
Blackpool 0 – 0 Oxford
Bristol Rovers 3 – 0 Plymouth
Charlton 5 – 2 AFC Wimbledon
Crewe 2 – 1 Northampton
Doncaster 2 – 1 Gillingham
Ipswich 0 – 2 Portsmouth
Lincoln 0 – 4 Sunderland
MK Dons 1 – 1 Burton
Peterborough 4 – 1 Rochdale
Wigan 4 – 3 Accrington