League One - Play-offs - 2nd Leg
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Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Charlton Athletic (Agg 2-0)

Carlton Morris scores for Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury will play Rotherham or Scunthorpe in the League One play-off final at Wembley on 27 May

Shrewsbury defeated Charlton 1-0 for the second time in 72 hours to reach the League One play-off final.

Town will face either Scunthorpe or Rotherham at Wembley on 27 May.

Carlton Morris scored the decisive goal an hour into the second leg of the semi-final, firing in left-footed from Shaun Whalley's cut-back.

Charlton felt they should have had a penalty in a first half they shaded, but appeals for handball against home captain Mat Sadler were waved away.

Goalscorer Morris was also possibly fortunate to escape unpunished after an early tangle with Patrick Bauer, in which appeared to catch the Charlton defender with his elbow.

Lee Bowyer's Addicks, who knew they needed to score in the second leg if they were to progress after losing 1-0 at The Valley on Thursday, had few efforts on goal to show for their greater attacking threat before the interval.

Shrewsbury, who ended the season third in League One, started the second period quicker and on-loan Norwich striker Morris made the breakthrough with his 10th goal of the season.

He scored the semi-final winner which took Shrewsbury to this season's Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley, and his low finish ensured Town would appear in a third-tier play-off final for the first time in their history.

Relegation favourites to play-off winners?

Among the favourites for relegation at the start of the season, Paul Hurst's Shrewsbury are now just one victory away from returning to the second tier after a 29-year absence.

Their automatic promotion challenge may have faded in the closing weeks of the regular season, but securing a play-off spot was well beyond the Shropshire club's expectations at the beginning of the campaign.

And, after seeing off in-form Charlton over two legs, they now they can look forward to a second trip to Wembley in the space of seven weeks.

League Two side Lincoln beat them in the EFL Trophy final in April - avoiding a similar result against either Rotherham or Scunthorpe at the end of May would cap a truly unforgettable season.

Can Town end their Wembley hoodoo?

April's EFL Trophy final loss to Lincoln made it four defeats out of four at Wembley for Shrewsbury Town - the first of them in 1996 against a Rotherham side containing Paul Hurst, now the Shrewsbury manager:

  • 14 April, 1996: Rotherham United 2-1 Shrewsbury (EFL Trophy final)
  • 26 May, 2007: Bristol Rovers 3-1 Shrewsbury (League Two play-off final)
  • 23 May, 2009: Gillingham 1-0 Shrewsbury (League Two play-off final)
  • 8 April, 2018: Lincoln City 1-0 Shrewsbury (EFL Trophy final)

Match reaction

Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst:

"Commiserations to Charlton. I have been in that position and it's not nice. They did very well to get there and they gave us two tough games.

"They might have a different view but I think we have the better players. We have now proved that by beating them three times out of four.

"Charlton had a really good spell in the middle of that first half, but then we got on top of them. We had a few harsh words at half time, which I felt was needed. But there is one more game to go. We haven't achieved promotion yet."

Charlton caretaker manager Lee Bowyer told BBC Radio London:

"We were the better side in the first half but, once we got to the final third, we just didn't take care of the ball and again we didn't take our chances.

"They looked a bit fresher and sharper than us in the second half, but we looked ok. They nicked the goal and then it was always going to be tough.

"We were the better team (over the two legs) but unfortunately the result doesn't show that."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Henderson
  • 13Bolton
  • 22Nsiala
  • 5Sadler
  • 6Beckles
  • 7WhalleySubstituted forRileyat 90'minutes
  • 16MorrisBooked at 75mins
  • 4Godfrey
  • 23Rodman
  • 20NolanBooked at 84minsSubstituted forJohn-Lewisat 90+3'minutes
  • 9MorrisSubstituted forPayneat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Riley
  • 3Lowe
  • 14John-Lewis
  • 15MacGillivray
  • 19Jones
  • 21Eisa
  • 45Payne

Charlton

  • 1Amos
  • 34DijksteelSubstituted forSarrat 86'minutes
  • 5BauerBooked at 50mins
  • 6Pearce
  • 22Dasilva
  • 19Forster-Caskey
  • 15Konsa
  • 14Fosu-HenrySubstituted forKaikaiat 62'minutes
  • 17Aribo
  • 9Magennis
  • 8AjoseSubstituted forMavididiat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kashi
  • 11Kaikai
  • 12Reeves
  • 13Phillips
  • 16Mavididi
  • 23Sarr
  • 27Zyro
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
9,016

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Aristote Nsiala.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lenell John-Lewis replaces Jon Nolan.

Attempt saved. Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jon Nolan.

Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Joe Riley replaces Shaun Whalley.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Payne.

Attempt saved. Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai.

Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Naby Sarr replaces Anfernee Dijksteel.

Attempt blocked. Anfernee Dijksteel (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sullay Kaikai.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Dean Henderson.

Booking

Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Anfernee Dijksteel (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic).

Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Stefan Payne.

Attempt blocked. Joe Aribo (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Omar Beckles.

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by James Bolton.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey following a set piece situation.

Booking

Bryn Morris (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bryn Morris (Shrewsbury Town).

Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury Town).

Attempt blocked. Sullay Kaikai (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephy Mavididi with a cross.

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Shrewsbury Town).

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