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Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Brentford

Shrewsbury Town striker Tom Eaves

Tom Eaves' last-minute strike ended Shrewsbury Town's losing home run as the League One strugglers held leaders Brentford at the Greenhous Meadow.

Marcello Trotta looked to have earned an away win on 68 minutes, slotting in the rebound from close range after Chris Weale had saved his penalty.

The spot-kick appeared harsh, Town defender Ryan Woods having been adjudged to have fouled Alan Judge.

But Eaves levelled, firing left-footed into the top corner from 15 yards.

Town had the best chances in a goalless first half, Eaves firing wide before on-loan Celtic striker Bahrudin Atajic, on his home debut, volleyed narrowly over from Paul Parry's left-wing cross.

Eaves then had a header nodded off the line early in the second half by Adam Forshaw.

Brentford broke the deadlock when Judge fell under Woods' challenge and, although Weale saved Trotta's spot-kick, the rebound went straight back to the Italian, allowing him to net his 11th of the season.

The dangerous Trotta was narrowly off target twice more before on-loan Bolton Wanderers striker Eaves lashed home his first goal in two months.

In his second game in charge since being put in temporary charge after Graham Turner stepped down, it was a first point for Town caretaker manager Mike Jackson, ending the run of four straight defeats that had plunged the Shropshire side into the relegation zone.

It also ended their run of six straight home defeats at the Meadow, moving Town up a place to 21st in the League One table.

Brentford, now unbeaten in 18 matches, stay top, but are now just two points clear of Wolves, who have moved into second place.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shrewsbury Town caretaker manager Michael Jackson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It is a pleasing result, especially after our home form recently. It wasn't a great day with the conditions but we deserved it. This is just the start.

"It is about time Tom Eaves scored. He needed that. He is a confidence player. I am made up for him scoring against the league leaders, because it wasn't easy.

"You are looking at the game and you are looking at the clock. We decided to go three at the back to put more pressure on them, and it worked.

"The penalty was given. There is nothing we can do about that. But we must be better with collecting the rebound. It is certainly something we should be working at."

Brentford assistant manager David Weir told BBC London 94.9:

David Weir

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Post-match: Brentford assistant Weir

"It's always disappointing to concede a goal but, overall, we have to be happy as it was difficult conditions, and the ball just dropped and the guy hit a great strike.

"It's a great club here. The whole environment within the club is great.

"We've got the best squad in the division and, when you see how hard they work, you think they have got to have a chance.

"We believe we can be successful but we look at short-term rather than long-term targets."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1WealeBooked at 67mins
  • 22Woods
  • 3JacobsonBooked at 55mins
  • 8McAllisterSubstituted forSummerfieldat 81'minutes
  • 18Goldson
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 11Taylor
  • 10Fyvie
  • 26AtajicSubstituted forMendez-Laingat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Eaves
  • 17ParrySubstituted forMillsat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Grandison
  • 4Summerfield
  • 6Winfield
  • 19Mendez-Laing
  • 25Anyon
  • 27Mills
  • 29Hall

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 28YennarisSubstituted forForshawat 50'minutes
  • 24Bidwell
  • 12McCormack
  • 5Craig
  • 6Dean
  • 8Douglas
  • 17SavilleBooked at 60mins
  • 29TrottaBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAkpomat 78'minutes
  • 9Donaldson
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forGriggat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lee
  • 2O'Connor
  • 4Forshaw
  • 11Grigg
  • 15Dallas
  • 22Reeves
  • 23Akpom
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
4,927

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Shrewsbury Town).

Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Alan Judge.

Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Luke Summerfield replaces David McAllister.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joseph Mills replaces Paul Parry.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Chuba Akpom replaces Marcello Trotta.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

Attempt saved. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Hand ball by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 0, Brentford 1. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Marcello Trotta (Brentford) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Chris Weale (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Brentford. Alan Judge draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Booking

George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brentford2919642463
2Wolves2918742961
3Leyton Orient2818643360
4Preston28141041152
5Rotherham2914961351
6Walsall29121071046
7Peterborough2814311845
8Swindon2912512741
9Port Vale2712312-339
10MK Dons2810612-136
11Gillingham2910514-1035
12Coventry271287834
13Bradford287138434
14Colchester268108134
15Oldham299614-833
16Crawley257108-531
17Tranmere298714-1831
18Carlisle288614-1730
19Crewe298615-2430
20Bristol City2851211-627
21Shrewsbury296914-1127
22Notts County308319-1327
23Sheff Utd276813-1226
24Stevenage266416-2022
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