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Shrewsbury   0 - 2   Darlington

Shrewsbury 0-2 Darlington

Shrewsbury 0-2 Darlington

Managerless Darlington defied the odds to record only a second away win of the season at play-off hopefuls Shrewsbury.

Tadgh Purcell scrambled in the rebound after his header from Josh Gray's cross was parried to take the bottom club's away goal tally into double figures.

Darlington keeper Shane Redman was not tested until a late drive by Shrewsbury midfielder Kevin McIntyre.

And Mor Diop sidefooted home to seal faltering Shrewsbury's fourth straight defeat three minutes from time.

Paul Simpson's side have now slipped to 11th, now five points off the play-off places with just eight games to go.

Darlo, playing their second game since the sacking of Steve Staunton a week ago, remain in big trouble 16 points adrift of safety.

And they are still short odds to be relegated from the Football League for the second time - 20 years on from coming straight back up as champions on their first visit to the Conference.


Shrewsbury boss Paul Simpson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Regardless of who the team is you come up against, if you give them an early lift they'll take it. Going a goal down, everyone got very nervous and didn't deal with the atmosphere inside the ground.

"Instead of keeping our heads we allowed ourselves to panic and rush things. If you want to be successful you can't afford to do that."

"It was a really difficult 90 minutes - and we've got to take it on the chin and do everything we can to make ourselves better."

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Saturday, 27 March 2010

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Shrewsbury 0-2 Darlington FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Purcell 8
    • Diop 87

    Shrewsbury

    • 29 Button
    • 02 Holden
    • 03 Skarz
    • 24 Cansdell-Sherriff
    • 06 Dunfield yellow card
    • 15 Murray (Leslie 56 yellow card)
    • 28 McIntyre
    • 08 Langmead
    • 09 Hibbert
    • 10 Cureton (Neal 70)
    • 11 Robinson

    Substitutes

    • 30 Neal,
    • 05 Coughlan,
    • 17 Van den Broek,
    • 18 Leslie,
    • 21 Simpson,
    • 23 Neal,
    • 14 Bright

    Darlington

    • 23 Redmond
    • 02 Arnison yellow card
    • 04 White
    • 05 Milne
    • 06 Miller
    • 11 Dempsey
    • 12 Gray (Convery 83)
    • 14 Smith
    • 09 Moore (Mulligan 85)
    • 19 Purcell
    • 30 Diop

    Substitutes

    • 13 Liversedge,
    • 22 Madden,
    • 16 Groves,
    • 18 Convery,
    • 24 Mulligan,
    • 15 Main
    Ref: PhillipsAtt: 5,081
    SHREWSBURY
    DARLINGTON

    Possession

    • Shrewsbury 50%
    • Darlington 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Shrewsbury 3
    • Darlington 4

    Attempts off target

    • Shrewsbury 4
    • Darlington 7

    Corners

    • Shrewsbury 3
    • Darlington 1

    Fouls

    • Shrewsbury 12
    • Darlington 9
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:01 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+3:01 Nathan Mulligan takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 90:00+1:54 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Smith by Terry Dunfield. Shane Redmond takes the free kick.
    • 89:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jake Robinson on Andrew Milne. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 88:22 Terry Dunfield fouled by Mor Diop, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Button.
    • 86:55 The assist for the goal came from Tadgh Purcell.
    • 86:55 GOAL - Mor DiopShrewsbury 0 - 2 Darlington Mor Diop gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Shrewsbury 0-2 Darlington.
    • 84:23 Direct free kick taken by Alan White.
    • 84:23 Substitution Nathan Mulligan is brought on as a substitute for Chris Moore.
    • 84:23 Gary Smith fouled by Kevin McIntyre, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 84:03 Terry Dunfield challenges Tadgh Purcell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary Smith.
    • 82:17 Substitution Josh Gray goes off and Mark Convery comes on.
    • 79:54 Ian Miller is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Lewis Neal from the free kick.
    • Correction - 78:47 Alan White takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:47 Ian Miller takes the direct free kick.
    • 78:47 Booking The referee books Steven Leslie for time wasting.
    • Correction - 78:28 Terry Dunfield is adjudged to have handled the ball.
    • 78:28 Handball by Terry Dunfield.
    • 78:04 Corner taken by Lewis Neal from the right by-line, clearance by Ian Miller.
    • 77:48 Kevin McIntyre takes a shot. Save made by Shane Redmond.
    • 77:17 Unfair challenge on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff by Tadgh Purcell results in a free kick. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:11 Unfair challenge on Gary Dempsey by Joe Skarz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Arnison.
    • 74:30 Jake Robinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:07 The assistant referee flags for offside against Tadgh Purcell. Free kick taken by David Button.
    • 69:08 Substitution Jamie Cureton goes off and Lewis Neal comes on.
    • 66:16 Jamie Cureton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 63:47 Jake Robinson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
    • 62:28 Gary Smith produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • Correction - 62:00 Unfair challenge on Gary Dempsey by Terry Dunfield results in a free kick. Ian Miller restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 62:00 Booking Terry Dunfield receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 61:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Terry Dunfield on Gary Dempsey. Ian Miller restarts play with the free kick.
    • 61:56 Booking Terry Dunfield is booked.
    • 59:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tadgh Purcell by Terry Dunfield. Direct free kick taken by Tadgh Purcell.
    • 59:25 Gary Smith challenges Kevin McIntyre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McIntyre.
    • 58:40 Josh Gray challenges Dean Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Button.
    • 57:02 Unfair challenge on Kevin McIntyre by Tadgh Purcell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Button.
    • 56:47 The ball is swung over by Chris Moore, David Button makes a save.
    • 55:21 Substitution Steven Leslie on for Paul Murray.
    • 53:18 Jamie Cureton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alan White takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:54 The official flags Jake Robinson offside. Shane Redmond takes the indirect free kick.
    • 51:21 Shot from just outside the box by Chris Moore misses to the left of the goal.
    • 46:58 Terry Dunfield delivers the ball, Jake Robinson takes a shot. Shane Redmond makes a save.
    • 46:40 Andrew Milne is adjudged to have handled the ball. Kevin McIntyre takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:41 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+2:19 Jamie Cureton takes a short corner.
    • 45:00+2:08 Jake Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Alan White.
    • 45:00+1:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan White on Terry Dunfield. Kelvin Langmead restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:21 Unfair challenge on Paul Arnison by Kevin McIntyre results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shane Redmond.
    • 44:43 Effort on goal by Josh Gray from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 43:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jake Robinson. Shane Redmond restarts play with the free kick.
    • 42:54 Shot by Dave Hibbert from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
    • 40:49 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Josh Gray misses to the left of the target.
    • 36:22 Unfair challenge on Jake Robinson by Gary Smith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kelvin Langmead.
    • 34:08 Booking Paul Arnison booked.
    • 32:43 Paul Arnison challenges Dave Hibbert unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Button restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:20 Dave Hibbert challenges Ian Miller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Arnison.
    • 29:21 The ball is sent over by Joe Skarz, Dave Hibbert has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 26:51 Dave Hibbert challenges Paul Arnison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Arnison sends in a cross, Mor Diop takes a shot. Save made by David Button.
    • 26:06 Chris Moore fouled by Joe Skarz, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Arnison restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:34 Josh Gray produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 21:46 Jake Robinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Miller.
    • 20:19 Paul Arnison challenges Paul Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Murray restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:45 Effort on goal by Gary Smith from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 16:28 The referee penalises Kevin McIntyre for handball. Paul Arnison takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:39 The official flags Terry Dunfield offside. Shane Redmond takes the free kick.
    • 11:10 Jake Robinson has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 8:00 The assist for the goal came from Josh Gray.
    • 8:00 GOAL - Tadgh PurcellShrewsbury 0 - 1 Darlington Tadgh Purcell finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Shrewsbury 0-1 Darlington.
    • 6:03 Gary Smith takes the inswinging corner, save by David Button.
    • 3:06 Mor Diop takes a shot. David Button makes a save.
    • 1:15 Jake Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Miller. Paul Arnison restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jake Robinson. Indirect free kick taken by Shane Redmond.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    League Two table snapshot

    As it stood on 27 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rochdale 37 45 78
    2 Notts County 36 43 68
    3 Bournemouth 38 9 67
    4 Rotherham 38 10 65
    5 Chesterfield 38 2 61
    6 Bury 38 1 61
    7 Aldershot 38 10 60
    8 Northampton 38 11 59
    9 Dag & Red 38 5 56
    10 Morecambe 38 6 55
    11 Shrewsbury 38 2 55
    12 Burton Albion 38 3 54
    13 Port Vale 38 10 53
    14 Accrington 37 -6 53
    15 Crewe 38 0 50
    16 Bradford 38 -7 48
    17 Hereford 38 -15 44
    18 Lincoln City 38 -17 43
    19 Barnet 37 -9 42
    20 Macclesfield 38 -10 42
    21 Torquay 38 -6 37
    22 Cheltenham 37 -16 35
    23 Grimsby 38 -25 31
    24 Darlington 36 -46 19


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