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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 Wycombe Wanderers 19 +14 40
2 Ipswich Town 17 +15 35
3 Peterborough United 18 +17 31
4 Rotherham United 18 +12 30
5 Coventry City 18 +3 30
6 Oxford United 17 +18 29
7 Fleetwood Town 16 +9 29
8 Blackpool 18 +5 29
9 Bristol Rovers 17 +1 28
10 Portsmouth 17 +8 27
11 Sunderland 17 +5 26
12 Burton Albion 17 +3 24
13 Shrewsbury Town 17 -3 24
14 Doncaster Rovers 15 +7 23
15 Gillingham 18 0 21
16 Rochdale 19 -12 19
17 Accrington Stanley 18 -4 18
18 Lincoln City 17 -4 18
19 AFC Wimbledon 18 -7 16
20 Tranmere Rovers 17 -11 16
21 Milton Keynes Dons 18 -14 13
22 Southend United 19 -35 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 15 -27 1