Shrews stun 10-man Tranmere

BY foxsports • February 16, 2013

Deportivo La Coruna had a new coach but it was the same old story as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Sevilla and remain adrift at the foot of the Primera Division standings.

Fernando Vazquez took over during the week with the tough task of steering the Galician side to safety, and he got a first-hand look of how much work there is to do as Deportivo quickly fell behind on the road to Ivan Rakitic's fifth-minute goal.

Gary Medel got another in the 27th minute and although Ivan Riki soon replied for Depor, any hope of a comeback was quickly snuffed out by Medel's second.

Depor showed plenty of heart as they sought a way back into the game late on, but Antonio Beto made a string of saves to keep them out.

Sevilla took an early lead as Rakitic got up to head home Andujar Coke's cross, and it might have been 2-0 moments later when Daniel Aranzubia made an excellent save to deny Jose Antonio Reyes.

The hosts were relentless with Aranzubia again saving well from Geoffrey Kondogbia before Federico Fazio headed wide.

A second goal was coming and it duly arrived in the 27th minute when Jesus Navas slipped the ball through for Medel to rifle home.

Depor responded well as Riki turned home Abel Aguilar's pass from close range five minutes later but it was not to be the start of a fightback.

Sevilla remained on the offensive with Medel going close with another shot before scoring the third goal five minutes before half-time, slotting home from close range from Alberto Moreno's cross.

Aranzubia held on to Emir Spahic's header as they avoided any more damage before half-time.

Evaldo Santos was presented with a decent opportunity for Depor early in the second half but failed to get any power on his header, but it was a sign of things to come with Depor enjoying the best of the second-half chances without capitalising on them.

Beto made a smart save to turn Luis Pizzi's close-range effort around the post before his 77th-minute header brought an even better block out of the Sevilla goalkeeper as he pushed the ball away from danger.

The goalkeeper then had to make another excellent block to keep out Nelson Oliveira's header from a corner.

At the other end, Aranzubia was alert to deny Rakitic in the closing minutes but the victory was already secure for Sevilla.

Rovers' attempt to avoid a third straight league defeat suffered an early blow when Liam Palmer was sent off for a dangerous lunge in only the sixth minute.

Shrews debutant Chris Porter pounced on an error from goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams to put the Shrews ahead soon after before Cameron Gayle headed in midway through the second half to clinch back-to-back wins on the road for the visitors.

Tranmere, who included midfielder Paul Corry on the bench following his last-minute loan move from Sheffield Wednesday, began the game in disastrous fashion when Palmer was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Shrewsbury left-back Joe Jacobson.

It went from bad to worse only four minutes later when goalkeeper Fon Williams fumbled a high ball and Porter, on loan from Sheffield United, pounced to fire the visitors ahead.

In the second half Porter missed his kick with the goal gaping before David McAllister shot over.

Fon Williams then made a fine save to deny Porter only for Shrewsbury to net from the resulting corner as Gayle nodded in with the goalkeeper stranded.


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