Shrewsbury 2 Oxford 3 - Player Ratings

Lewis Cox gives his Shrewsbury player ratings following the home defeat to Oxford.

Harry Chapman of Shrewsbury Town has a shot at goal (AMA)
Harry Chapman of Shrewsbury Town has a shot at goal (AMA)

Harry Burgoyne

Was passed around for Oxford’s first and could do little with late goals – the winner via a deflection. Did everything else pretty well.

Helpless 6

Matthew Pennington

Awful start for the on-loan defender, needlessly gifting possession for the U’s to lead. But recovered superbly. Bit between his teeth to head equaliser and defended strongly.

Recovered 7

Ethan Ebanks-Landell

Defended well and was his side’s best source for a dramatic late leveller with two efforts, one clawed away brilliantly and the other just wide.

Unlucky 7

Aaron Pierre

What a mighty boost to see the big defender back in the side after three months injured. Won all his headers in dominant fashion. He is such a presence in both boxes.

Boost 8

David Davis

Continues to impress shunted out at right wing-back, where he does a real job for the team and gives his all. Brought into midfield with 20 left when it was hard to have more of an influence.

Assured 7

Brad Walker

Kept his place in midfield with the manager back in the stands and he kept the ball ticking over nicely early on but suffered after the break with some wayward passing.

Struggled 6

Ollie Norburn

Impressed particularly out of possession in his closing down and harrying of opposition. A quieter day with the ball. Norburn didn’t control passages of play as he usually does.

Quieter 6

Nathanael Ogbeta

Quieter than the exceptionally high standards he has set himself at Town. Lost the ball a couple of times after the break and looked a little jaded.

Off-colour 6

Josh Vela

Looks very impressive in the advanced midfield role. Recovered from missing chances last time out with the well-taken second. Almost had another from distance. Relentless energy.

Effective 8

Harry Chapman

Created a goal for Pennington from the corner flag for the second successive Saturday and was involved in Vela’s goal with a little touch. Went close to a goal himself with an angled effort.

Creative 7

Tom Bloxham

An afternoon to remember for the giant 17-year-old. He buzzed about on the right flank and led the line. He won his headers, showed a neat touch and a turn of speed. A real prospect. He really looks like one for the future.

Debut to remember 8

Substitutes

Ro-Shaun Williams (Walker, 69), Shaun Whalley (Chapman, 69), Almost won it with dramatic late stunner. 6 Curtis Main (Bloxham, 69), Daniel Udoh (Ogbeta, 90+2). Subs not used: Bevan, Love, Edwards.

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