|Shrewsbury Town 4(2) v (0)0 Kidderminster Harriers|
|Football League Division 3 - Gay Meadow - 18 September 2001|
|Mark Cartwright 6||0(2)||0||0||0||0||[21/1]||Stuart Brock 4||0(1)||0||0||0||0|
|Leon Drysdale 5||0||0||0||2||0||[14/12]||Ian Clarkson 5||0||1||1||0||0|
|Greg Rioch 6||0||0||1||2||0||[3/25]||Ian Joy 5||0||0||2||1||0|
|Steve Jagielka 7||1||0||5||2||0||[16/24]||Mark Blake 5||0||1||1||2||4|
|Matty Redmile 6||0||0||1||1||0||[5/3]||Scott Stamps 5||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mick Heathcote 6||0||0||0||1||0||[23/6]||Adie Smith 5||0||0||3||2||0|
|Sam Aiston 7||0||1||1||3||0||[11/17]||Ben Davies 7||1(1)||1||2||4||1|
|Mark Atkins 5||1(1)||0||2||0||0||||Danny Williams 5||0||1||2||2||0|
|Luke Rodgers 9||4||0||0||3||3||||Drewe Broughton 6||1(1)||1||2||0||1|
|Nigel Jemson 6||0||2||6||3||0||||Ian Foster 5||0||0||2||2||0|
|Karl Murray 8||0||0||1||3||1||[7/14]||Andy Ducros 5||0||1||2||2||0|
|Andy Tretton||[6/11]||Sam Shilton 5||0||0||2||0||0|
|Peter Wilding||[12/19]||Tony Bird 6||0||1||0||2||0|
|Ryan Lowe||[17/21]||Stewart Hadley 5||0||0||1||0||0|
|Darren Moss 5||0||0||0||0||0||[22/26]||Abdou Sall|
|Ian Dunbavin||[1/13]||Brendan Murphy|
|Fouls Conceded||Offside||Corners||Shots On||Shots off|
|5||Steve Jagielka||Swept the ball in from close range after Joy's clearance had bounced off Murray allowing the midfielder to cross.|
|45||Luke Rodgers||Ran unchallenged through the Kidderminster defence before lashing an unstoppable shot past Brock from a narrow angle.|
|Luke Rodgers||Headed in from Jemson's inviting right wing cross.|
|Luke Rodgers||Murray's pass split the Kidderminster defence open allowing Rodgers to run onto it before picking his spot to plant the ball past Brock.|
Kidderminster: (Red & White/Red/Red)
|86||Moss||Aiston||Moss to right midfield, Jagielka to left midfield.||55||Bird||Ducros||Bird to right midfield. Now 4-4-2.|
|54||Shilton||Williams||Shilton to left midfield, Blake to left central midfield.|
|77||Hadley||Foster||Hadley to striker.|
|63 Davies Foul|
|Referee: R.Olivier (Sutton Coldfield)|
In-form Shrewsbury swept sorry Kidderminster aside with an object
lesson in goalscoring, with young Luke Rodgers scoring an excellent
The home team needed just four minutes to open the scoring, Ian Joy was unable to clear properly and Jagileka swept the ball home. Harriers now faced an uphill task before they had even got started. As is often the case, Harriers saw plenty of the ball and passed it around nicely in their own half, but once they got anywhere the Shrewsbury goal they ran out of ideas. None of the strikers are in any sort of form at the moment and it showed in the finishing when any sort of opening was created, shots were snatched at or hurried and from too far out to cause any danger to Cartwright in the home goal.
Harriers started with an unusual formation, Ducros came in and played in the space between the midfield and the forwards and there was nobody wide on the right - Clarkson had to push up into the empty space when Harriers attacked. Some of the changes may have been enforced by injury, but Jan Molby had already been quoted saying that he wanted to combat Shrewsbury's 4-3-3 system. The Shrews outguessed him, however, by playing 4-4-2.
Shrewsbury were clearly a team in form, Murray saw a lot of the ball in the first half and controlled the midfield. Jagielka and Aiston playing wide on each wing were a constant threat while nineteen year old Rodgers will not be with them for much longer before he moves on to better things.
The second goal knocked the wind right out of Harriers' sails coming as it did in stoppage time at the end of the first half, the Harriers defence should have done better in their attempts to stop Rodgers as he ran at them although nothing could be done about the rocket of a shot he hammered past Brock.
Somehow, Harriers seemed to play worse after the break and the game was soon over as Shrewsbury scored a third goal, and the only surprise was that there was only one more goal in the game. Harriers never really threatened, and it was very late before they managed to get a shot on target - Cartwright turned Broughton's header round the post for a corner. There can be no complaints from Harriers about the defeat, they have only themselves to blame for such a poor performance, and it is unlikely that Shrewsbury, who aren't actually a bad side, will be made to look so good again this season.