HURST: WE’LL BE READY, ADDICKS
PAUL Hurst knows Charlton will be a tough prospect for Shrewsbury in the play-off semi-finals.
The Shrews go into the end-of-season shake-up after suffering defeat at the hands of MK Dons, Kieran Agard’s second-half penalty handing the relegated Dons victory at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on their League One exit.
But Shrewsbury boss Hurst insists past form counts for nothing in the play-offs as they missed the chance to get to 90 points in the League One standings.
“It’ll be tough. It won’t matter who you’re playing, does it? Honestly, I didn’t have a preference. We know that that’s what it is now,” he said.
“We’ve beaten each other for whatever that means and counts for, so we’ll prepare.
“It looked like it was probably going to be them going into the game and that’s how it’s turned out.
“We would have loved to have got a victory. I wanted to get 90 points. It hasn’t happened but it’s still been a fantastic season.
“It’s all over those two games. What’s been and gone doesn’t really count for anything.”
Callum Brittain dragged an early low effort wide for the Dons, while Robbie Muirhead’s thundering drive rocketed into the stands before the quarter-hour. Muirhead’s 21st minute free-kick was missed by Dean Henderson and ricocheted in the Town box in a bright Dons start.
The relegated Dons continued to play positively, Brittain firing low through a crowd to Henderson as Shrewsbury struggled to find a rhythm, but Shaun Whalley’s corner on the half-hour was nodded agonisingly wide by the leaping James Bolton for the home side.
Aristote Nsiala’s headed effort from Whalley’s corner seven minutes before the break had a similar conclusion, while Abo Eisa’s powerful long-range effort on the stroke of half-time was parried to safety by Wieger Sietsma.
Whalley’s 49th minute free-kick was nodded down by Eisa as Carlton Morris’s looping header deflected onto the bar for the Shrews..
Eisa’s dangerous cross flashed across goal before the hour but Andy Haines pointed to the spot when Nsiala fouled Agard, who then stepped up to tuck away the 63rd minute spot-kick for the Dons.
Alex Rodman thought he had equalised but his strike five minutes from the end was chalked off for offside.
And Dons caretaker boss Keith Millen hopes the Buckinghamshire side have set themselves up well as they head into League Two on the back of a win.
“We definitely don’t want a hangover. We’ve got to make sure that there’s no hangover, so hopefully this will help,” he said.
“I couldn’t ask any more of them. It is too little, too late but like I said to them after the game, the ones that are coming back – make sure they’re ready.”
STAR MAN SHAUN WALLEY Shrewsbury UP AND AT EM: Shrewsbury’s Matt Sadler and Kieran Agard of MK Dons battle for the ball while, inset, Agard celebrates his winning goal