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.

Smiling again at the Meadow

  • Since beating Notts County 1-0 on 23 November, Shrewsbury Town had suffered six successive home defeats. And Tom Eaves had not scored since his return to the Meadow from Bolton on 30 November.

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.

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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."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Weale Booked
  • 22 Woods
  • 03 Jacobson Booked
  • 08 McAllister (Summerfield - 81' )
  • 18 Goldson
  • 16 Mkandawire
  • 11 Taylor
  • 10 Fyvie
  • 26 Atajic (Mendez-Laing - 59' Booked )
  • 24 Eaves
  • 17 Parry (Mills - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Grandison
  • 04 Summerfield
  • 06 Winfield
  • 19 Mendez-Laing
  • 25 Anyon
  • 27 Mills
  • 29 Hall

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 28 Yennaris (Forshaw - 50' )
  • 24 Bidwell
  • 12 McCormack
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean
  • 08 Douglas
  • 17 Saville Booked
  • 29 Trotta Booked (Akpom - 78' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 18 Judge (Grigg - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 11 Grigg
  • 15 Dallas
  • 22 Reeves
  • 23 Akpom
Ref: Mark Heywood
Att: 4,927

Match Stats

Shots

14 14

On target

4 3

Corners

10 5

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1.

90:00 +5:43 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Brentford 1.

90:00 +3:43

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

90:00 +3:43

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

90:00 +2:47 Booking

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

90:00 +2:00

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

90:00 +1:58

Foul by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (Shrewsbury Town).

90:00 +1:18

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

90:00 +1:18

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

89:58 Goal scored

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.

89:14

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

83:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. William Grigg replaces Alan Judge.

82:49

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

82:19

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

81:12

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

81:12

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

80:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Luke Summerfield replaces David McAllister.

80:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joseph Mills replaces Paul Parry.

79:27

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

79:27

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

77:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Chuba Akpom replaces Marcello Trotta.

77:23

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Joe Jacobson.

75:07

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

75:07

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

74:27

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

73:31

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Tony Craig.

70:31

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

69:27

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

68:39

Hand ball by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

67:20 Goal scored

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

66:24

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

66:13 Booking

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

65:10

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

65:10

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

64:30

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

64:30

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

60:21

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

59:48

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

59:21 Booking

Booking George Saville (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

59:00

Foul by Tamika Mkandawire (Shrewsbury Town).

59:00

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing replaces Bahrudin Atajic.

58:10

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

57:27

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

57:12

Attempt blocked. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:53

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

54:03 Booking

Booking Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

53:46

Foul by Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town).

53:46

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

53:02

Dave Winfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:02

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

52:46

Attempt missed. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

52:30

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Clayton Donaldson.

52:07

Attempt blocked. Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

51:30

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

50:59

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

50:29

David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:29

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

49:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Adam Forshaw replaces Nico Yennaris because of an injury.

46:27

Attempt missed. George Saville (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 0, Brentford 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Brentford 0.

44:49

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

41:33

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

41:33

Tony Craig (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:00

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

40:45

Attempt blocked. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:25

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

39:00

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

39:00

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:50

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

35:54

Attempt saved. Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

33:09

Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left from a direct free kick.

32:47

Foul by George Saville (Brentford).

32:47

Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:33

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:33

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

30:07

Attempt missed. Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

29:33

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

26:00

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

26:00

Foul by Tom Eaves (Shrewsbury Town).

25:27

Attempt missed. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

24:52

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

21:33

Attempt saved. George Saville (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

18:02

Attempt missed. Bahrudin Atajic (Shrewsbury Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

14:26

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

13:51

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

13:32

Attempt blocked. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

10:43

Foul by David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town).

10:43

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:54

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

9:04

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:04

Foul by Fraser Fyvie (Shrewsbury Town).

4:58

Attempt missed. David McAllister (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

4:32

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Nico Yennaris.

1:04

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

1:04

(Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:33

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Fraser Fyvie.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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