Charlton Athletic face a significant challenge to reach the Sky Bet Championship after losing 1-0 at home to Shrewsbury Town in the semi-final first leg of their play-off tie.
Jon Nolan’s 20-yard thunderbolt in the second half ensured a smash and grab victory for the visitors at The Valley and Charlton Athletic will now need to be more prolific in front of goal themselves in the second leg in Shropshire on Sunday.
The Addicks had won three of their last four home games going into the match and fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment at their side’s first leg play-off defeat against The Shrews.
So frustrating watching Charlton. #cafc I’m not confident of getting 2 goals at Shrewsbury
— Tom Waters (@TomWaters) May 10, 2018
Better team won. Can’t fault Charlton’s effort, just couldn’t cope with Shrewsbury’s physical approach.
But not disastrous! On to Sunday.
Hope always dies last. #cafc
— Hungry Ted (@HungryTed) May 10, 2018
That wasn’t great tonight, battled so hard to get in the play-offs then play like that, very disappointing. #cafc
— BigBlue52 (@smit112) May 10, 2018
Still one leg to go, but we didn’t deserve to win that. Wonder strike the difference. Ah well. Mountain on Sunday #cafc
— Nathan Muller (@_nam11) May 10, 2018
I’d rather lose the playoffs & spend another season in L1 if it guarantees the takeover goes through.
Duchatelet going is more important than Championship football at this stage #cafc
— Steve (@thestevecook) May 10, 2018
Extremely lacklustre performance tonight- too scared to go out get the ball and produce something creative. Sunday needs to be better #CAFC
— Ryan Perrin (@RyPerr05) May 10, 2018
Disappointing. Goal killed us. Never really got going 2nd half.
Fosu looked good when he came on and we’re only 1 goal down. It ain’t over till it’s over. Think Marshall will start next leg.
— Freddie Wells (@FredSWells) May 10, 2018
Fans turned up, players didn't. After all the big performances we've put in recently, that was so disappointing #cafc
— Kidman (@CAFCKidman) May 10, 2018
Sunday’s second leg at the Montgomery Waters Meadow is scheduled to kick-off at 5.15pm and will again be televised live on Sky Sports football.