The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

SHREWS­BURY did not have to get out of first gear to cruise past a poor Portsmouth side.

Pom­pey have one of the big­gest wage bills in the di­vi­sion but were out­classed by their sec­ond placed op­po­nents.

It has been an­other wasted sea­son for the hosts who must now de­cide whether to keep faith with manager Andy Aw­ford or seek a more ex­pe­ri­enced re­place­ment for next term.

There are no such con­cerns for the Shrews­bury board, who have seen Micky Mel­lon put to­gether a slick pro­mo­tion­chas­ing side.

Their three cen­tral de­fend­ers formed a rock­like back-line with Mickey Demetriou and Cameron Gayle pro­vid­ing plenty of en­ergy in the wing-back po­si­tions.

Liam Lawrence is a Rolls Royce in mid­field, mak­ing them tick and their front pair of James Collins and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro are a real hand­ful up front.

Pom­pey broke the bank for Matt Tubbs but chances are hard to come by just now.

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