Shrewsbury 1-0 Rochdale: Match Report

08 April 2017 05:34

Stefan Payne gets off the mark with crucial goal for Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury climbed out of the League One relegation zone with a 1-0 victory against Rochdale.

On-loan Barnsley striker Stefan Payne's first goal for Shrewsbury was enough to earn Paul Hurst's side a first win since February 28.

Payne struck in the 16th minute when he broke into the box and clinically fired a low shot past advancing goalkeeper Conrad Logan.

Midfielder Bryn Morris twice went close for the hosts either side of the goal, driving wide from 20 yards and then hammering a powerful shot from just inside the penalty area narrowly over the bar.

Rochdale carried little first-half threat, with a free kick from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing which cleared the bar, their only notable effort.

Shaun Whalley lifted a free kick over for the hosts in the second half while Junior Brown and substitute Stephen Humphrys both flashed efforts just off target.

Rochdale's Keith Keane drilled a 20-yard shot wide for the visitors as Shrewsbury boosted their battle to beat the drop.


Source: PA


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