BUT DOGGED SHREWS CLING ON

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

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.”

JON TAY­LOR

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