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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Stefan Payne (54')
  • Bryn Morris (86')

Stefan Payne sends Shrewsbury back to top with winner against AFC Wimbledon

Stefan Payne's goal early in the second half gave 10-man Shrewsbury a 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon as they returned to the top of Sky Bet League One.
Payne struck in the 54th minute as he fired in his 13th goal of the season in all competitions before midfielder Bryn Morris was sent off for a second bookable offence late on.
Shrewsbury were first to threaten when Shaun Whalley's free-kick from the left was turned wide at the near post by Omar Beckles.
Andy Barcham then fired a shot straight at Craig MacGillivray for the Dons before visiting midfielder Liam Trotter forced a more impressive save from goalkeeper MacGillivray.
Shrewsbury winger Alex Rodman was next to go close when his well-struck effort from 30 yards was well dealt with by Wimbledon goalkeeper George Long.
Shrewsbury created two good chances early in the second half but Carlton Morris glanced a header wide from Rodman's cross before Payne headed straight at Long.
Then came the decisive goal as Payne fired home from close range after Morris helped on Luke Hendrie's cross from the right.
Lyle Taylor's clever flick was kept out by MacGillivray as Wimbledon chased an equaliser before Shrewsbury had to play the closing stages with 10 men after Morris saw red in the 86th minute.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 11 +16 27
2 Wycombe Wanderers 12 +8 23
3 Peterborough United 12 +13 21
4 Bristol Rovers 12 +3 21
5 Fleetwood Town 11 +6 20
6 Blackpool 13 +2 20
7 Coventry City 12 +1 20
8 Oxford United 13 +10 19
9 Sunderland 11 +2 19
10 Rotherham United 11 +8 18
11 Doncaster Rovers 11 0 16
12 Lincoln City 13 -2 16
13 Shrewsbury Town 11 -3 16
14 Burton Albion 10 +5 15
15 Gillingham 12 +3 14
16 Portsmouth 10 +1 13
17 Rochdale 12 -7 13
18 Tranmere Rovers 12 -5 12
19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 -7 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 -6 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 -6 9
22 Southend United 12 -19 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -23 -8