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4 May 2021

Stalemate for Blues in Shropshire

Town's penultimate fixture of the 2020/21 campaign ended in a goalless draw at Shrewsbury.

Dan Udoh went the closest to breaking the deadlock in a game that either side could've won as the Shrews sub headed against the crossbar late on.

Kane Vincent-Young was forced from the field in the dying moments through injury.

Paul Cook made one change from Saturday's 2-1 victory at Swindon, Troy Parrott replacing Teddy Bishop in the starting XI.

Matthew Pennington headed over from an in-swinging Nathanael Ogbeta corner as the first chance of the game went the way of the hosts.

Blues looked to have an opening at the other end after James Norwood flicked on a lofted pass from Myles Kenlock but Gwion Edwards' pass, intended for Parrott, was cut out by the Shrewsbury defence.

Five minutes later, Edwards saw his well-struck effort from distance blocked before Norwood headed Vincent-Young's cross wide of the mark.

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Kenlock was in the right place to deny Shrews the opener on 20 minutes, blocking Ollie Norburn's left-footed strike with his chest.

Parrott brought Harry Burgoyne into action just over 10 minutes later, the home 'keeper making a smart stop at his near post after the Spurs loanee tried his luck from the corner of the box.

Dobra then beat his marker with a deft shimmy before his cross-cum-shot from a tight angle was parried by Burgoyne and then cleared away from the middle of the box.

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Dai Cornell, who had been largely a spectator for the majority of the first period, was on hand to deny Shrewsbury twice in the space of three late first-half minutes. First, he got his body in the way of Shaun Walley's powerful shot from a tight angle before getting down well to scupper Tom Bloxham's low strike in the box.

The first two chances of the second period went the way of Blues and Edwards, Town's number seven seeing a half-volley blocked before firing over off balance 10 minutes later.

A long range effort from Parrott was pushed away by Burgoyne for the second time moments later.

Shrewsbury should've opened the scoring midway through the second half when two-on-one in attack but Whalley overhit his pass to unmarked substitute Dave Edwards.

Blues went straight up the other end to create a great opening of their own but Parrott blazed over the bar from Edwards' lay-off.

The hosts were inches away from opening the scoring with just over 10 minutes left on the clock. Edwards, who was initially denied by Cornell, saw his clipped cross back into the box headed onto the woodwork by subsitute Udoh. 

A big chance followed for Town five minutes later but Norwood could only shoot over the top of the bar after being slipped in behind the backline by Dobra.

Vincent-Young made way through injury with seconds remaining at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Booked: Pennington, Norwood.

Shrews: Burgoyne, Love (Edwards 61), Pennington, Pierre, Walker, Ogbeta (Goss 72), Davis, Vela, Norburn, Whalley (Chapman 77), Bloxham (Udoh 62).

Subs: Bevan, Wiliams, Main.

Town: Cornell, Vincent-Young (Hawkins 90), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Kenlock, Dozzell, Downes, Edwards, Parrott, Dobra, Norwood (C).

Subs: Holy, Chambers, Nsiala, Bishop, Harrop, Bennetts.

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