Shrewsbury Town rescue a point in the dying embers of the match to end a run of five straight defeats.
Kane Hemmings’ 60th minute goal rubbed salt into
gaping Shrewsbury Town wounds, following a poor run of form which has seen them
collect just one win in ten matches.
Dan Udoh’s 99th minute equaliser – much to the
fury of those with a Burton persuasion, prevented Town from slipping to a fifth
Had fans been in attendance the pre-match mood would have
been one of apprehension, and the anxiety would not have been eased by Burton’s
Former Derby County man Charles Vernam ghosted behind Marlon
Fossey and left Ethan Ebanks-Landell trailing prior to his deflected strike
At the other end, Jason Cummings who recovered from a bout
of illness to feature, couldn’t beat Burton stopper Kieran O’Hara.
Then, Aaron Pierre got his central defensive partner Ethan
Ebanks-Landell out of trouble by blocking Charles Vernam’s shot. The visitors
were soon calling for a penalty after Ryan Edwards went over – but the referee
waved play on.
Shrewsbury struggled to create any attacking offence but were almost gifted the opening goal. Ex Manchester United goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara couldn’t claim, and Dan Udoh was unable to profit fully.
From the resulting corner, O’Hara made amends as he guided
Ollie Norburn’s inventive effort onto the woodwork.
Shrewsbury began the second half with a better sense of
purpose. Brentford loanee Jan Zamburek received possession from Jason Cummings
and fired goalward. O’Hara did well to get a strong hand to it.
The opening goal arrived on the hour mark as Burton broke at
pace. Harry Burgoyne thwarted the initial shot, but Kane Hemmings arrived on
the scene to net the opening goal.
Town boss Sam Ricketts opted to send central defender Aaron
Pierre up top to try and cause pandemonium for the Burton backline.
The Brewers responded to the bombardment well, but were
denied a rare away victory in the 99th minute. O’Hara denied Aaron
Pierre, but Dan Udoh was able to prod home. Burton’s bench were furious with
the officials, but it fell on deaf ears.
Shrewsbury travel to Cambridge in the first round of the FA
Cup on Saturday, whilst Burton travel to Barnet.
Team Line Ups
1. Burgoyne, 18. Fossey (52), 5. Williams, 24. Ebanks-Landell, 2. Pierre, 15. C. Daniels, 25. High (80), 8. Norburn, 13. Zamburek (72), 23. Udoh, 35. Cummings
Subs: 16. Walker (52), 19. Barnett, 20. Tracey, 21. Gregory, 22. J. Daniels (72), 27. Pugh (80), 30. Caton
Subs Not Used: 19. Barnett, 20. Tracey, 21. Gregory, 30. Caton
1. O’Hara, 23. Eardley, 2. Brayford, 37. Hughes, 3. Daniel, 4. Edwards, 7. Quinn, 11. Lawless (92), 10. Akins, 9. Hemmings, 18. Vernam
Subs: 8. Powell, 12. Fox, 14. Varney (92), 21. O’Toole, 25. Gilligan, 28. Sharman-Lowe, 38. Ennis
Subs Not Used: 8. Powell, 12. Fox, 21. O’Toole, 25. Gilligan, 28. Sharman-Lowe, 38. Ennis