Saturday 5 December 2020

Last minute penalty heartbreak for Charlton

Shrewsbury Town equalised through a penalty in the last minute of time added on to deny Charlton victory in a 1-1 draw at Montgomery Waters today.   Charlton have slipped back to 6th in the table and are 9th in the form table.

Such a result should not come as a surprise given that Shrewsbury Town are home draw specialists.  However, Shrewsbury usually concede in time added on.

In the last quarter of an hour Charlton looked nervy after going ahead on 71 minutes through Ben Watson.  The home side piled on the pressure and Charlton lacked composure.  It was an individual mistake by Albie Morgan who created the scenario for the penalty conceded by Gunter after he had sliced his clearance.

The first half was scrappy.  There was a lot of long ball and no real chances of note for either side, although attempted shots by the Shrews lacked accuracy.  The pace was fast.

Maatsen put in an early cross, but there was no one there to connect.  An Aneke shot was blocked.  Gilbey put in a good ball to Aneke, but he was just wide of the post.

Gilbey got a harsh yellow card for what was an unnecessary challenge.  Pugh was the second home player to get a yellow card and walked away moaning.

Aneke shot straight at the keeper.  He then got a yellow card, the bearded referee having been urged on by the 2,000 crowd and the home management team.

HT: 0-0

Charlton tried to be positive as the second half got under way, but there wasn't much creativity and Aneke lacked service.

The home crowd maintained some ragged clapping.

On 60 minutes Gilbey and the utilitarian Forster-Caskey were replaced by Morgan and Williams.

Bogle replaced Aneke on 68 minutes and soon showed his worth.  Good work by him on the right set up Williams who released Gunter.  The ball fell to Watson and his shot took a slight deflection to put Charlton ahead.

Sloppy work by Charlton saw Amos tip the ball on to the crossbar and Pratley had to clear.

Matthews replaced Williams.   One could see the case for bringing Matthews on as Charlton needed additional protection on their right but it was harsh on Williams who admittedly had lost his man a couple of times.  Gunter, who was tiring, should have been withdrawn.

Bowyer told Louis Mendez afterwards that he was 'fuming that Charlton didn’t manage the game at the end there. Says he hauled Jonny Williams off just 22 minutes after he came on because he pulled out of a challenge and you don’t do that in one of his teams.'

Maatsen received a yellow card.  Amos got a touch on the ball when he saw a shot late.

In the four minutes added on, Amos made a great save and then caught the corner.  However, there was nothing he could do to save the powerfully struck penalty.   We had made Shrewsbury look good.

Moaners are saying that Bowyer will lose the dressing room and the fanbase, but that is an over reaction to disappointment.   However, I think that criticisms of players are better made in private.

Seething supremo Lee Bowyer gave his reaction to the result to the SLP:

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