BUT DOGGED SHREWS CLING ON
Pompey’s travelling army of over 1,600 fans were in full voice as they sang “we are going down” throughout the first half. And it was with some justification as Connor Goldson rose highest to meet Jon Taylor’s corner to power the ball into the net.
Skipper Joe Jacobson, on target with the matchwinning free-kick against Oldham in midweek, produced an encore when Tom Bradshaw was brought down on the edge of the area with the help of a significant deflection.
Akwasi Asante, on loan from Birmingham, then turned smartly in the area to fire home. But Portsmouth were suddenly sparked into life to create a nervy finale to the campaign for the home side. Ashley Harris pulled one back just past the hour after Chris Weale parried a Jed Wallace drive.
Then the lively Wallace turned provider once again 12 minutes from time when his low cross from the right was turned home by Patrick Agyemang.
Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner said:“It was a five goal thriller. I thought we dominat- ed things for long periods but then the lack of experience showed when we went 3-0 up.We should have taken the sting out of the game but they caught us on the counter attack and we nearly paid a heavy price for it.
“But I was pleased with the enthusiasm, hard work and energy we showed for most of the game.”