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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:

"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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Booking

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Shrewsbury Town).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

  10. 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.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Alan Judge.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Luke Summerfield replaces David McAllister.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joseph Mills replaces Paul Parry.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brentford29196451272463
2Wolves29187449202961
3Leyton Orient28186459263360
4Preston281410438271152
5Rotherham29149651381351
6Walsall291210736261046
7Peterborough28143114840845
8Swindon29125124639741
9Port Vale27123123942-339
10MK Dons28106124142-136
11Gillingham29105143949-1035
12Coventry2712875547834
13Bradford2871383834434
14Colchester2681083534134
15Oldham2996143341-833
16Crawley2571082934-531
17Tranmere2987143250-1831
18Carlisle2886143249-1730
19Crewe2986153054-2430
20Bristol City28512114046-627
21Shrewsbury2969142839-1127
22Notts County3083193750-1327
23Sheff Utd2768132638-1226
24Stevenage2664162444-2022
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