Match Report: Shrewsbury Town 2 – 2 Accrington Stanley

Shrewsbury Town once again concede late on as Steve Cotterill’s first league game in charge ends with a share of the spoils.

Shrewsbury Town were on the cusp of victory once more as the
game reached its dying embers. However, the narrative of conceding late on
shows no signs of abating, as Ryan Cassidy rescued a point for John Coleman’s
side.

Town had turned the game on its head after Aaron Pierre and
Shaun Whalley cancelled out a 24th minute opener from Joe Pritchard.
Yet a late penalty, which was initially save by Matija Sarkic but converted
from the rebound, means that a first home league win for Shrewsbury remains
elusive.

Steve Cotterill made three changes from the side that
defeated Oxford City at the weekend. Brad Walker, Matt Millar, and Daniel Udoh
were drafted into the starting line-up. Ethan Ebanks-Landell was missing owing
to a head injury, whilst Dave Edwards and Marc Pugh dropped to the bench. The
reinstated Sean Goss made his first league start of the season.

It was the first time in almost ten months that Shrewsbury
fans were able to watch their side live from the Montgomery Waters Meadow. And
the 2,000 strong contingent were making an abundance of noise to roar their
team on. And Town started the brighter of the two teams. Sarkic’s
quick-thinking released Matt Millar down the flank, the Aussie’s delivery was
tantalising but none of his teammates were able to capitalise.

At the other end, ex Northern Ireland U21 international Dion
Charles caught Ro Shaun-Williams in possession. His long-range effort was kept
out by Montenegro international Matija Sarkic. Shrewsbury were unable to test
Stanley keeper Toby Savin in the opening 20 minutes – Shaun Whalley did blaze
an effort comfortably over the crossbar.

Instead it was the visitors who drew first blood. Ro
Shaun-Williams conceded a free-kick and former Tottenham academy product Joe
Pritchard took the responsibility. It didn’t appear to have too much power on
it, but Sarkic couldn’t keep it out and John Coleman’s side were ahead.

Shrewsbury were not behind for long as they found themselves
level just two minutes after the restart. Charlie Daniels’ free-kick was met by
Aaron Pierre and his accurate header found the back of the net. Town were
buoyed by the equaliser and were marshalled by the impressive Matt Millar.

The home side began the second period on the front foot.
Daniel Udoh was looking to profit from an expert delivery but Savin managed to
command his area and punch clear. The ball found Matt Millar whose strike was
cleared off the line by former Hull City defender Harvey Rodgers. Josh Vela
cracked one wide from distance as Shrewsbury looked to turn the screw.

Accrington’s biggest threat was Joe Pritchard. The
midfielder already had one goal to his name and was looking for another to add
to his tally, but could only fire wide. Seamus Connelly also found his radar
askew, whilst Matt Butcher was also unable to test Sarkic. However, the latter
tried again and came within a whisker of regaining the lead for his team.

In the 86th minute Shrewsbury nudged themselves
ahead. Shaun Whalley’s free-kick was on a postage stamp as Savin had no chance
at preventing the ball go in at the far corner.

The three points appeared to have been secured, but Town
were once again pegged back in injury time. Aaron Pierre was the guilty party
in conceding the penalty – Cassidy’s effort from 12 yards was initially saved,
but the Watford loanee tucked away the rebound.

Shrewsbury have another chance to secure their first home
league win of the campaign when they welcome Charlton on Saturday – Accrington
are at home to MK Dons.

Team Line Ups

Shrewsbury Town

31. Sarkic, 2. Pierre, 5. Williams, 16. Walker (82), 14.
Millar, 10. Vela, 8. Norburn, 6. Goss (66), 15. C. Daniels, 23. Udoh (93), 7.
Whalley

Subs: 1. Burgoyne, 3. Golbourne (93), 4. Edwards (82), 22. J. Daniels, 25. High (66), 27. Pugh, 35. Cummings

Subs Not Used: 1. Burgoyne, 22. J. Daniels, 27. Pugh, 35. Cummings

Accrington Stanley

40. Savin, 2. Nottingham, 3. Hughes, 4. Burgess, 18. Rodgers
(90), 6. Butcher, 28. Connelly, 8. Russell (76), 10. Pritchard, 19. Bishop, 32.
Charles

Subs: 1. Baxter, 9. Cassidy (90), 12. Maguire, 14. Uwakwe, 16. Barclay (76), 24. Sama, 26. Mansell

Subs Not Used: 1. Baxter, 12. Maguire, 14. Uwakwe, 24. Sama, 26. Mansell

Other League One Results

Tuesday:

Blackpool 1 – 0 Portsmouth
Crewe 4 – 2 Swindon
Lincoln 2 – 1 Wigan
Oxford 0 – 0 Ipswich
Sunderland 1 – 1 Burton
Northampton 1 – 0 Fleetwood
Plymouth 0 – 4 Rochdale

Wednesday:

AFC Wimbledon 2 – 1 Peterborough
Bristol Rovers 0 – 2 Gillingham
Hull 2 – 1 Doncaster
Charlton 0 – 1 MK Dons

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