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FT: Shrewsbury 2 City 1
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On-loan Shaun Miller scored with the last touch of the game as City tumbled to a dramatic defeat at relegation-threatened Shrewsbury.
The visitors were on course for back-to-back away wins without playing well in a poor game after Andrew Davies prodded them ahead after 79 minutes.
But Shrewsbury were level inside a minute through Jon Taylor before Miller, who only signed from Sheffield United today, snatched the winner.
It was Shrewsbury’s first home win in four months.
The first half was forgettable. Shrewsbury showed more urgency, not surprising given their desperate league position, but did not create too much with the wind advantage behind them.
The only real worry for City came when Jon McLaughlin failed to hang on to a long shot from Asa Hall but they survived the scramble that followed.
City struggled to get going but James Hanson should have at least hit the target with an early chance set up by Aaron Mclean, who also had an effort saved.
And the visitors lost Nathan Doyle just before the break after appearing to tweak his groin.
Hanson had another good opportunity straight after the restart but side-footed Kyle Bennett’s cross tamely at the keeper.
But City took the lead when Davies bundled home Matty Dolan’s cross after a spell of four corners in a row.
That should have been enough against a side clearly devoid of confidence. But City’s celebrations were instantly cut short when Taylor converted Jermaine Grandison’s cross.
And worse followed in the fourth minute of stoppage time. City failed to clear Paul Parry’s cross and Miller slammed the ball home from close range.
And that's it.... City beaten
Parry's cross is not cleared by City and MILLER reacts to loose ball to hook close-range volley past McLaughlin
Agony for City in stoppage time as MILLER scores on his debut
Shrewsbury playing better in the last ten minutes or so than they did in the first 80
Bit of a panic at the back post as Hanson and McLaughlin get in each other's way from scramble.
Taylor's deflected shot goes for a Shrewsbury corner. More defending to do here
Four minutes of extras
Thompson comes on for Mclean
Two minutes of normal time to go
The rain is driving into the stand now. Utter joy
Mclean down for treatment as the players take a breather following that frantic spell.
Shout for handball against Drury is waved away
Miller's shot is blocked by a sliding McArdle and the Shrews sub spoons rebound wide. But the home crowd have come alive/woken up now
But now Shrewsbury are level. Atajic releases Grandison and his cut-back is turned in by TAYLOR as City are caught napping
Dolan's corner is cleared back out to him and his inswinging cross is bundled home by Davies...
And there's the goal! DAVIES
City fans trying to sing the ball into the net. Great corner from Dolan is volleyed behind again by Grandison... why was nobody attacking that ball?
It pings around the goal mouth and Reach's shot on the turn balloons over the bar. Another corner
At last Reach gets the ball and immediately wins a City corner
And Shrewsbury make their last sub as Celtic loan striker Atajic replaces Eaves. That goes down well with the locals
This sounds the worst game of football in the world... #bcafc— @LBowers1990 22 March 2014
This game is still there to be won. Shrewsbury are not 23rd by accident
The momentum is lost by a foul from the corner
Better cross from Bennett nodded behind by Grandison. It brings the away fans to life for a bit
Grandison flicks on but Drury nods away and McArdle makes sure with that trusty no-nonsense right boot.
Corner number eight for the Shrews.
City cannot get Reach in the game at all.
Shrewsbury are awful! But we've also been really poor #bcafc— @ChrisHilton83 22 March 2014
Miller comes on for Foley and Wildig for McAllister
Shrewsbury about to make double sub. Miller ready to come on for his debut
Sorry bout that technical hitch but you've not missed much. Hanson sidefoot at the keeper, Hall shot that McLaughlin fumbled and Dolan just been booked for foul on McAllister
Don't know what's just happened but the last 20 minutes seem to have been deleted.....??!!
Bennett's shot goes out for a throw-in.... yes folks it's been that kind of game
Bennett finds Dolan in space but the midfielder opts to shoot from 30 yards out rather than run in. It's a tame effort that rolls through to Anyon
Hanson jumps almost before Jones takes the kick and Shrews hack it away
Free-kick to City to left of Shrews box....
Hall gets hold of it well from 25 yards but it's straight at McLaughlin
Bit more happening now
Goldson header just over the bar from Parry's corner
Vital header out from Davies to clear Parry cross from under his own bar.
Crowd is 5,181 with 656 City fans
Great early chance for Hanson as Bennett whips in inviting cross. Striker meets it with a side-foot but it's no more than a backpass for the relieved keeper
Shrewsbury restart the action as a slither of sun briefly lifts the press box temperature above freezing point
Jones wearing the captain's armband as he is the first to emerge from the tunnel
Such a boring game so far #bcafc— @WillG_BC 22 March 2014
And the ref blows. Not much else to say
Two minutes of stoppages to play. Sure they'll fly by like the 45 so far
It looks like Doyle might have tweaked his groin
And here's that City sub as Jones replaces Doyle, who looks in some discomfort
Eaves has been booked after one foul too many
Looks like a change in the offing
Now he's down complaining about his groin. Jones steps up his warm-up runs on the touchline
Doyle hobbling after being caught in challenge with Hall
Yes, it's been that memorable
Davies knocked down by Eaves and for a worrying second or so it looked life ref wasn't going to blow as the striker went clear. But he did....
Nine minutes left in the half. It's not been very good
Eaves does Davies for pace as he sprints away towards side of box. Crucial block from Darby when his low cross comes into the goalmouth
Dolan's corner is headed away by Goldson
City gifted a corner thanks to a wayward header from Mkandawire
Bennett and Reach have swapped wings. Reach has done nothing yet against the club where he spent the first half of the season
The keeper does better to claim the kick with both hands.
Hall's long-range shot gives McLaughlin problems. He can only parry it back out and Shrewsbury keep the ball alive to win another corner
Mclean looking lively and alert. That goal last week will have done him the world of good
Just as I say that, Davies' long pass is knocked down by Hanson and Mclean's snap shot is beaten away by keeper Anyon.
It's been a poor game so far. City have only had the Hanson chance - when he should have done better
Parkinson applauds the assistant ref - a little sarcastically - as he flags for a handball against Eaves. It's City's first free-kick
Foley tries his luck from outside the box but it's an easy save
Goldson's dangerous header is headed away by Darby in the six-yard box.
Eaves shot deflected wide for corner number four.
Sounds like we are being put under some early pressure #bcafc— @emsley89 22 March 2014
McLaughlin gets through the mix of players to punch it away
Grandison cheers the crowd with at least three attempted step-overs before winning corner off Drury
Bennett peels off his marker to launch into a promising run but his pass for Hanson is cut out on the edge of the box
First rendition of Midland Road as the sun comes out. Still absolutely freezing though
City haven't really got going yet. Shrewsbury desperate for some breakthrough in their battle to beat the drop
City caught napping as Shrews take it short and cross hits McArdle who can then clear away. Bit fortunate not to get punished there
McArdle loses out to Eaves but recovers to make clearing header from Parry's cross. But it's another home corner
Wind proving very difficult for City to judge their passes.
Grandison's header provides McLaughlin with a simple catch.
Corner for Shrewsbury and polite smattering of applause heard from main stand
Parry's cross drifts in the wind and Eaves heads wide at far post.
Bennett cross chested down by Mclean and Hanson jabs shot wide with left foot.
Early chance for City to apply some pressure.
Swirly wind could play a part today. McLaughlin's first clearance hung in the air and struggled to reach the halfway line
City get us going with their fans at their backs in the first half
Is there a better banner anywhere than Shrewsbury's "Breath on 'em Salop"....
Not a day to be a Shrewsbury cheerleader. Chilly as ....
Another goal or 2 please @A9Mac good luck to all the lads today #bcafc— @Juicy1s 22 March 2014
Sheffield United striker Shaun Miller is on the bench after joining Shrewsbury on loan this morning.
The Shrews are desperate for goals - they have scored the fewest in League One. And they have not scored first under Michael Jackson.
SHREWSBURY: Anyon, Grandison, Mkandawire, Goldson, Mills, Taylor, McAllister, Hall, Parry, Foley, Eaves. Subs: Jacobson, Winfield, Miller, Wildig, Woods, Atajic, Weale.
Shrewsbury are one of only two clubs in the country not to have had a penalty this season. At least City have had one...
Over the moon Dolan has kept his place, hats off Parkinson, could have easily resorted back to Jones #bcafc #comeoncity— @ASerotsky10 22 March 2014
Press box estimates reckon Shaun Miller is the 19th loan player to sign for Shrewsbury this season.
The Sheffield United striker joined today and is on the bench.
Phil Parkinson has named the same team for the third game running.
Matty Dolan again keeps out Gary Jones in central midfield, while Stephen Darby retains the captaincy.
Raffaele De Vita returns to the bench after his nagging thigh injury. Arron Jameson is also back as the sub keeper, with Chris Atkinson the loanee to miss out.
CITY: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Drury, Bennett, Dolan, Doyle, Reach, Mclean, Hanson. Subs: Jameson, Gray, Thompson, McHugh, Jones, De Vita, Bates.
RT @ParkerTandA: Don't be fooled by the sun, it's freezing in Shroe/Shrow-sbury... #bcafc http://t.co/GwKXZcCHma— @nezgudgeon 22 March 2014
Having spoken to several locals, Shrewsbury can be pronounced either way!
Generally those south of the River Severn call it Shrow; to the north it's Shroe..... So now you know!
Good afternoon and welcome from a bitterly cold Greenhous Meadow as City take on relegation-fighting Shrewsbury.
All the statistics point to an away win. Shrewsbury have the worst home record in the division with only three points from a possible 30 here since beating Notts County on November 23 - when Adam Reach scored the goal.
They haven't scored first in a game since New Year's Day either!
Records are there to be broken, as we all know. Let's hope it's not today.....
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