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Match report: Shrewsbury Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1

5 December 2020

Town secure a point against Charlton Athletic.

Shrewsbury Town secured another point in Sky Bet League One after a 1-1 draw with Lee Bowyer's Charlton Athletic.

Salop began the game on the front foot looking to press the back line of Charlton - with Shaun Whalley and Dan Udoh the most advanced.

The away side grew into the game and continually looked to get the ball wide and put crosses into the box towards the physical presence of Chuks Aneke.

It was the visitors who had the first effort on goal when the ball fell to Ian Maasten. The Addicks' defender had his shot blocked for a corner.

Town had the chance to take the lead after Shaun Whalley’s corner was attacked by Aaron Pierre who rose highest but his header flew over the bar.

Chuks Aneke again looked the most likely to score for the Red Robbins this time the ref waived away a certain foul on Marc Pugh which led to a swift breakaway Aneke was played in but fired his shot straight into the hands of Matija Sarkic, moments later Aneke was booked for a physical challenge on Ro-Shaun Williams.

The sides remained level at the break with Town edging the run of play.

Salop’s first chance of the second half again came from a Whalley corner this time Matt Millar was the man to get on the end of it but he headed his effort wide of the mark.

Minutes later it looked as if Town had taken the lead when Millar again was involved this time cutting inside and curling a shot high towards the far corner only to be denied by the crossbar.

The game began to open up as it edged towards the 70th minute, Pugh found himself in acres of space on the edged of the area but his shot failed to test the Charlton keeper, Pugh was then replaced by Dave Edwards with Shrewsbury still looking for a breakthrough.

It was the away side who took the lead when they broke down the right-hand side through Chris Gunter who played a smart ball low into the area Ben Watson directed a tame effort goalward that took a sizeable deflection leaving Sarkic no chance to keep it out.

With ten minutes left to play The Shrews were knocking on the door as they pressed for an equaliser Whalley and Edwards both came close, but the bar had to come to Charlton’s rescue once again this time from Josh Vela who had his cross deflected goalward.

Jason Cummings who replaced Dan Udoh earlier in the half, had a shot flash wide with Town continuing to pile the pressure on The Addicks.

Skipper Ollie Norburn thought he had leveled it up when his curling effort forced a good save out of Ben Amos.

Shrewsbury were awarded a penalty with virtually the last kick of the game when Edwards was bundled over in the area.

Mr reliable from the spot Ollie Norburn made no mistake from 12 yards to send both sides home with a point.

The teams:

Town: Matija Sarkic, Aaron Pierre, Ro-Shaun Williams, Shaun Whalley, Ollie Norburn, Josh Vela, Matt Millar (Josh Daniels, 77), Charlie Daniels, Daniel Udoh (Jason Cummings, 72), Ethan Ebanks-Landell Marc Pugh (David Edwards, 65).

Subs: Harry Burgoyne, Scott Golbourne, David Edwards, Sean Goss, Josh Daniels, Scott High, Jason Cummings.

Charlton: Ben Amos, Chris Gunter, Akin Famewo, Jason Pearce, Jake Forster-Caskey (Albie Morgan, 62), Chuks Aneke (Omar Bogle, 69), Alex Gilbey (Jonathan Williams, 62) (Adam Matthews, 85), Conor Washington, Darren Pratley, Ian Maasten, Ben Watson.

Subs: Ashley Maynard-Brewer, Ben Purrington, Jonathan Williams, Adam Matthews, Omar Bogle, Albie Morgan, Aaron Henry.

Referee: Anthony Backhouse

Assistants: Thomas Harty and Marvyn Amphlett

Fourth official: Grant Taylor

Bookings:

Alex Gilbey was shown a yellow card in the 23rd minute for a foul on Matt Millar.

Chuks Aneke was also booked in the first half for a foul on Ro-Shaun Williams in the Town half. 44th minute.

Josh Vela was shown a yellow card in the 53rd minute for a miss-timed tackle on the Addicts number 10.

Albie Morgan was shown a yellow card in the 89th minute for a foul on Ro-Shaun Williams.

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