Shrewsbury 2-0 Oxford Utd: Match Report

Shrewsbury on the rise under Paul HurstShrewsbury climbed off the bottom of League One with a 2-0 win against Oxford as Paul Hurst's impressive start as manager continued.AJ Leitch-Smith and substitute Shaun Whalley scored the goals to earn Shrewsbury a first league win since September 3.Oxford created the game's first chance but Chris Maguire's 20-yard shot was comfortably gathered by goalkeeper Mark Halstead.Shrewsbury moved ahead in the 19th minute as Leitch-Smith scored his fourth goal in his past three league and cup games.The in-form striker reacted quickest to turn in the loose ball from close range after goalkeeper Simon Eastwood pushed a 20-yard drive from Louis Dodds against the crossbar.Eastwood then kept Oxford in contention with two fine saves before half-time, tipping away a powerful volley from the lively Dodds before getting down low to his right to instinctively keep out a low 12 yard shot from Dodds after he was picked out by Abu Ogogo's inviting cross.Oxford chased an equaliser in the second half with a powerful header from Kane Hemmings impressively tipped over by Halstead, who then turned away a free-kick from Maguire.Liam Sercombe also drove narrowly wide before Shrewsbury carved out late chances with Eastwood pulling off sharp stops from Adam El-Abd and Ivan Toney.Shrewsbury eventually made the game safe deep into stoppage-time when Whalley ran from inside his own half and lifted a shot over the advancing Eastwood to make it four games unbeaten in all competitions under new manager Hurst.

Source: PA