By Tom Otrebski
Aston Villa slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Shrewsbury Town on their third outing of pre-season – a first in claret and blue for new skipper John Terry who was named club captain before kick-off at Greenhous Meadow.
In the first half, the home side went close through Jon Nolan who made a late run into the box to connect with a deflected cross but he could only divert his header across goal and wide.
Shaun Whalley and Louis Dodds were also wide of the mark for the Shrews.
Conor Hourihane whipped a free-kick over the bar before Andre Green forced a smart save from Dean Henderson.
After the interval, James Chester and Alan Hutton both headed off target as the visitors looked to break the deadlock.
On the hour mark, Steve Bruce rang the changes - eight in total and the fresh legs nearly had the desired effect when Gary Gardner struck a fizzing free-kick from 25 yards against the upright.
It was the Shrews, however, who made the breakthrough with 15 minutes to play.
A corner from the Villa right came into a crowded box with Zak Jules adjudged to have applied to final touch to prod the ball into the net.
If there had been an element of doubt about the first, the second goal just four minutes later was crystal clear - Arthur Gnahoua manufactured a shooting opportunity on the edge of the area and drilled the ball beyond Sam Johnstone into the bottom corner.
As the clock ticked over to 90 minutes, Villa registered a consolation from the spot.
Jordan Lyden was sent tumbling and up stepped Henri Lansbury to cooly roll the ball into the net.