Shrewsbury Town rescue a well-deserved point in the last kick of the game against Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic.
Shrewsbury Town are well versed in conceding injury time
goals. However, this time the tables turned as sheer persistence from Dave
Edwards gave Town a 95th minute penalty. Ollie Norburn drove the
ball home to salvage a point.
The home side were superb in the second half and were denied
twice by the woodwork. It appeared that their luck would be out when Ben
Watson’s deflected effort put Charlton ahead.
Yet Shrewsbury didn’t give up and were duly rewarded when
the referee pointed to the spot, and whilst the first home league win remains
elusive, you get the feeling that this point is a huge step in the right
Steve Cotterill made two changes from the side that drew
against Accrington in midweek. An ankle injury ruled Brad Walker out, but Ethan
Ebanks-Landell returned from a head injury. Marc Pugh replaced Sean Goss who
dropped to the bench.
The visitors started the opening 20 minutes in the
ascendancy. Dutchman Ian Maatsen was lively down the left flank and his box of
tricks culminated in a fine delivery which no Charlton player could take
advantage of. The Chelsea loanee then saw his powerful shot blocked behind by
Ro Shaun-Williams after Aaron Pierre struggled to clear his lines.
Shrewsbury appeared relatively comfortable despite
Charlton’s control of the game. Alex Gilbey’s cross was glanced behind by
former Arsenal forward Chuks Aneke.
At the other end, Shaun Whalley’s accurate corner was
powered over the bar by Aaron Pierre as Town looked to seize the initiative. In
a relatively subdued first half, a clever flick from Marc Pugh sent Matt Millar
through. The Newcastle Jets loanee shot straight into the arms of Ben Amos.
Prior to that Chuks Aneke fired straight into Matija Sarkic’s midriff.
The home side had the final chance in the first period of
note. Josh Vela’s low delivery found Marc Pugh – the former Bournemouth midfielders’
effort was deflected behind by Akin Famewo.
In the 55th minute Matt Millar nodded Shaun
Whalley’s corner into the ground, but no action was required by Ben Amos.
Shrewsbury Town were up for it – snapping into tackles and appearing eager to
win the ball back. Matt Millar found space down the right and cut onto his left
foot; the Aussie whipped the ball goalward and the strike clipped the top of
The visitors’ attacking threat was non-existent, although
Alex Gilbey did curl an effort wide after great work by Ian Maatsen. Marc Pugh
was roared on by the Town faithful to shoot, he obliged but skewed well wide
Despite Shrewsbury being on top, it was Charlton who took
the lead with 20 minutes to go. Wales’ record appearance holder Chris Gunter
was afforded too much room and he was allowed to find ex Watford enforcer Ben
Watson with ease. The veteran midfielder saw his attempt deflect off Ethan
Ebanks-Landell and beat Matija Sarkic.
Town responded extremely well to going behind. Josh Vela’s
cross was tipped onto the woodwork by Ben Amos. The ball fell kindly for Josh
Daniels, but his drive was heroically blocked by Addicks Captain Jason Pearce.
Steve Cotterill’s side were laying siege to the Charlton
goal in the closing exchanges. Shaun Whalley guided the ball into the path of
Jason Cummings. The Scot’s low strike appeared to take a nick off of a Charlton
player and whistled narrowly wide. Ollie Norburn tried a shot from outside the
box – Ben Amos parried behind.
Town appeared to be heading for another defeat, but Dave
Edwards’ sheer persistence in chasing a lost cause ended up in him winning a
penalty. Ollie Norburn took the responsibility and blasted the ball into the
bottom right corner to earn his side a point.
Shrewsbury avoid going bottom with the late goal and remain
in 23rd place – Charlton drop to 6th.
Town contest the 2nd round of the Papa John’s
Trophy against Lincoln on Tuesday, whilst Charlton’s next game is next Saturday
at home to AFC Wimbledon.
Team Line Ups
31. Sarkic, 14. Millar (77), 5. Williams, 24.
Ebanks-Landell, 2. Pierre, 15. C. Daniels, 8. Norburn, 10. Vela, 7. Whalley,
27. Pugh (65), 23. Udoh (72)
Subs: 1. Burgoyne, 3. Golbourne, 4. Edwards (65), 6. Goss, 22. J. Daniels (77), 25. High, 35. Cummings (72)
Subs Not Used: 1. Burgoyne, 3. Golbourne, 6. Goss, 25. High
13. Amos, 2. Gunter, 5. Famewo, 6. Pearce, 22. Maatsen, 26.
Watson, 8. Forster-Caskey (61), 15. Pratley, 11. Gilbey (61), 10. Aneke (69),
Subs: 3. Purrington, 7. Williams (61 – 85), 16. Matthews (85), 17. Bogle (69), 19. Morgan (61), 30. Maynard-Brewer, 50. Henry
Subs Not Used: 3. Purrington, 30. Maynard-Brewer, 50. Henry
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Accrington 2 – 1 MK Dons
AFC Wimbledon 2 – 4 Bristol Rovers
Burton 1 – 1 Crewe
Fleetwood 0 – 1 Blackpool
Gillingham 2 – 0 Swindon
Northampton 0 – 2 Doncaster
Oxford 1 – 1 Hull
Plymouth 1 – 2 Ipswich
Portsmouth 2 – 0 Peterborough
Rochdale 0 – 2 Lincoln
Sunderland 0 – 1 Wigan