Charlton's play off dream ended with a 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town this afternoon, making it 2-0 on aggregate. Lee Bowyer has improved the performance of the team, but the squad as a whole was not good enough to secure promotion. However, it does look as if a takeover of the club by the Australian consortium will happen soon, opening a new chapter in the club's history.
Shrewsbury were well organised and once again very physical with Charlton getting little protection from the referee. They defended well and Charlton did not have enough guile or offensive power to unlock them. The 16 point gap between the two teams in the final table told its own story.
On eleven minutes Amos had to dive to the right to save from former Leamington ace Alex Rodman. Shrewsbury were not allowing any flow to the game. Magennis fired over the bar. As the half hour approached, Ajose was denied by Henderson and a Shrews defender.
Charlton had a good penalty claim for handball, but the referee took no action. On 44 minutes Amos had to save from Rodman.
Ten minutes into the second half Shrewsbury stepped up the pressure and then scored through Carlton Morris. He should have been sent off in the first half for elbowing Bauer.