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New Meadow (ATT 5,178) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Shrewsbury Shrewsbury Town vs Stevenage Stevenage

Shrewsbury 1

J Taylor (57)
A Hall (S/O 83)


Shrews win is Taylor made

Last Updated: 05/04/14 7:06pm

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Jon Taylor: Struck early on in Shrews win

Jon Taylor: Struck early on in Shrews win

Jon Taylor's goal early in the second half sealed a hard-earned 1-0 win for Shrewsbury over fellow League One strugglers Stevenage.

Mike Jackson's side had to dig deep to seal a result which lifted them off the foot of the table as they were reduced to 10 men for the closing stages after Asa Hall was sent off.

Shrewsbury made much of the early running with visiting goalkeeper Chris Day quickly called upon to turn a shot from Taylor from the edge of the area around a post.

Skipper Tamika Mkandawire then tried his luck from even further out but again Day was up to the task as he palmed the ball away.

Stevenage showed little attacking intent until the closing stages of the first half when Lukas Akins fired straight at Chris Weale from long distance.

Paul Parry's well-struck volley was superbly saved by the excellent Day at the start of the season half before the breakthrough finally came in the 57th minute.

The impressive Dominic Iorfa robbed Luke Freeman and slipped a fine ball to Taylor who fired powerfully past Day for his eighth goal of the season.

Shrewsbury pushed for a second goal but were denied time and again by Day before Stevenage threatened a late equaliser when the recalled Weale and his back four had to soak up plenty of pressure.

Shrewsbury lost midfielder Hall to a second yellow card seven minutes from time but stood firm despite seven minutes of stoppage time to collect three crucial points.

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2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
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16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39