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Match Report | Derby 1-1 Shrewsbury

10 February 2024

Club News

Match Report | Derby 1-1 Shrewsbury

10 February 2024

Shrewsbury battled their way to an excellent - and deserved - point at Derby.

In what was an even game throughout, the goals didn't arrive until the second half with Max Bird putting the hosts ahead from a corner.

Town, though, showed bundles of character and grit over the course of the 90 minutes.

And they got a deserved equaliser late on when - after some outstanding work from Mal Benning - Aaron Pierre swept the ball home for his first Salop goal in over three years.

Team news: 

Boss Paul Hurst made two changes from the team that took on Cambridge last weekend.

With Tom Bloxham suspended after picking up a red card against The U's, Tunmise Sobowale came into the side on the right wing.

While in the middle of the park, Jack Hinchy made his first Town start after joining on loan from Brighton - with Taylor Perry the man to make way.

It meant Shrewsbury remained in a 4-3-3 system with Morgan Feeney, Chey Dunkley, Aaron Pierre and Mal Benning as the back four.

In midfield, Hinchy was joined by Carl Winchester and Tom Bayliss while up front Dan Udoh operated as a long striker with Jordan Shipley and Sobowale out wide.

Derby lined up in a 3-5-2 system with Joe Ward at right wing-back and Louis Sibley on the left. Up front, former Town striker James Collins was partnered by Nathaniel Mendez-Lang.

Report:

It was Derby who created the first chance of the game when a dangerous corner from Ward flashed across the face of goal.

But from that point on, Salop grew in stature - with Hurst's side responding by creating two chances of their own.

First, a nice passage of play saw the ball fall to Hinchy on the edge of the box who squared to Sobowale. He then powered a fierce drive narrowly past the post.

Winchester then went on a surging run before he found Sobowale who sent a cross in aiming for Shipley. His shot was then claimed by keeper Joe Wildsmith.

Just before the break, Derby went close when Marko Marosi produced a good one-handed stop to deny Mendez-Laing from just outside the box.

Overall though, the first half had proven a very even affair with the two teams having largely cancelled each other out.

The hosts took the lead shortly after the restart as Mendez-Laing’s corner found Max Bird in the box and he turned the ball into the bottom corner.

With chances continuing to be at a premium for both sides, Hurst looked to shake things up with a triple substitution just past the 70-minute mark - with Roland Idowu, Elliott Bennett and Aiden O’Brien all entering the fray.

It was Derby who threatened next with Marko Marosi doing exceptionally well to keep out Conor Hourihane’s free-kick.

Salop, though, pushed forward and got a deserved equaliser in the 87th minute when Benning drove down the left-hand side before sending in a cross for Pierre to sweep in.

A minute later, Town were almost ahead with keeper Wildsmith beating away a fierce strike from Winchester.

Derby threw men forward in the closing stages in search of a winner. Sonny Bradley clipped the crossbar with a header.

Marosi then made an excellent save on the goal-line to deny Barkhuizen.

Overall, though, Town came away thoroughly deserving of their point.

Teams: 

Derby: Wildsmith, Hourihane, Bradley, Bird, Collins, Mendez-Laing, Sibley (Elder 73), Ward (Barkhuizen 46), Nyambe, Adams, Nelson.

Subs not used: Loach, Wilson, Smith, Thompson, Blackett-Taylor.

Shrewsbury: Marosi, Feeney, Dunkley, Pierre, Benning, Winchester, Hinchy (Bennett 74), Bayliss (Perry 80), Sobowale (Idowu 74), Shipley (O'Brien), Udoh (Bowman 80).

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Sraha.

Referee: James Bell

Attendance: 27,240 (1,389).

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