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9 April 2022

Honours even in Shropshire

Town were held to a 1-1 draw against Shrewsbury this afternoon.

Having taken an early lead through James Norwood, a second yellow card for Cameron Burgess gave the hosts momentum in the second half, with Shaun Whalley netting from range six minutes from time.

The result leaves the Blues ninth in the League One table, with four games remaining in the season.

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Town started on the front foot and had the first clear-cut chance of the game in the fourth minute. After good work down the right side, Janoi Donacien's cross found Conor Chaplin in the middle of the area, with the latter's header well saved by Shrews 'keeper Marko Marosi.

Just two minutes later a similar move created the opener. Donacien, played in by Wes Burns, produced a lovely cross from the byline that found Norwood at the front post, and the frontman delightfully glanced a header into the far bottom corner.

In the 21st minute Chaplin tried his luck from the edge of the area, but Marosi was equal to the strike and saved well to his left.

Shrewsbury, who hardly threatened in the first half, did create one good opportunity after good work from Daniel Udoh on the left flank. The forward beat two Blues players before playing a cross to the back post that was headed over by Josh Daniels.

Chances were few and far between in the second half with the majority of the play taking place in the middle of the park, but the Blues did go close in the 67th minute. A teasing cross from Chaplin caused Luke Leahy trouble as he almost turned into his own net from the middle of the box, but Marosi was alert for the home side.

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Fifteen minutes from time Town were reduced to 10 men. After surging forward, Burgess slid in on Marosi, and, despite appearing to not make contact, was shown a second yellow card.

The man advantage lifted the hosts and the home crowd and within nine minutes they equalised as Whalley fired in from range.

Town stood firm against some late pressure as it finished honours even in Shropshire.

Shrewsbury: Marosi, Leahy, Pennington, Fornah, Vela, Udoh (Bloxham 90'), Bowman, Bennett (C), Daniels (Whalley 65'), Nurse, Flanagan.

Subs: Pierre, Burgoyne, Bloxham, Caton, Craig, Janneh.

Booked: Leahy, Pennington, Vela, Nurse

Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Burgess, Burns, Bakinson, Morsy (C), Aluko (Thompson 78'), Penney, Chaplin, Norwood (Bonne 84').

Subs: Hladky, Thompson, El Mizouni, Carroll, Celina, Bonne, Pigott.

Booked: Morsy, Burgess, Burns, Donacien

Sent off: Burgess (two yellow cards)

Attendance: 7,682 [1,560 away supporters].

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