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Shrewsbury Town 0 Charlton 3 - Player ratings

Shropshire Star's Tom Leach gives his player ratings after a frustrating afternoon at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

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Steve Arnold

Arnold made some strong saves to keep Charlton at bay and prevent their forwards making it an embarrassing afternoon. Firstly, Arnold was on his toes to force Karlan Grant's close-range effort over the bar, before moments later he found himself having to get down low to push Lyle Taylor's strike wide. He did let himself down in the second half with a number of goal kicks that floated away for throw-ins, but without him Charlton could have really done Town some serious damage. 7/10.

James Bolton

Bolton found himself out of position on a number of occasions. It wasn't Town's most organised afternoon at the back and his performance suffered from that. 5/10.

Mat Sadler

Mat Sadler was probably the most assured of the back four. He read the play well but still found himself caught out by Athletic's dangerous duo. 6/10.

Luke Waterfall

Waterfall found Charlton's front two of Taylor and Grant a real handful. He struggled to stay composed on the ball at times and was beaten one on one by Grant in the build up to Charlton's opener, and then found himself in the wrong place when defending the resulting set piece. For the second goal, he missed a Charlton cross and could only watch on as Darren Pratley fired into the roof of the net. With Omar Beckles waiting in the wings, this was Waterfall's worst performance since joining. 4/10.

Ryan Haynes

Another good performance on the whole from Ryan Haynes. Charlton played very narrow football for the most part, giving Haynes plenty of freedom down the left to stretch his legs. 7/10.

Anthony Grant

It's hard not to praise Anthony Grant after the brilliant, and influential, start he made to the season, but I'm sure even he would agree that this wasn't his strongest Town performance. He was by no means poor, but just not his usual self. 6/10.

Greg Docherty

Gary McAllister, Steven Gerrard's number two at Docherty's parent club Rangers, was in the stands at Montgomery Waters Meadow, presumably to provide Gerrard with an update on the midfielder's progress. Docherty had a quiet afternoon as a member of a Town midfield completely overran by Charlton's. He was replaced just before hour mark by Alex Gilliead, forcing McAllister and his colleague to quickly exit. 5/10.

Ollie Norburn

Norburn had a very quiet game in midfield. He nearly gifted Charlton a goal just after the break when he played Grant in on goal, but luckily for him Arnold was on had to make the save. A number of times across the afternoon Norburn turned down chances to let fly from the edge of the area, something he would have tried with confidence earlier this season. 5/10.

Josh Laurent

Strong in the first half, Laurent's second half didn't quite match up. He is strong, inventive, fast, and so difficult to dispossess, but he looked tired today. 6/10.

Aaron Amadi-Holloway

Amadi-Holloway is quickly becoming one of Town's key men. He missed a few good chances during the first half. It seems that he struggles to time his jump, but that will come the more he plays. He used his body really well to win some set pieces in good areas and makes himself a real handful for the opposition. 6/10.

Fejiri Okenabirhie

As always, Fejiri was often Town's most exciting player. His pace is electric and he has the ability to turn his man comfortably even in the tightest areas. His work-rate cannot be criticised, but without constant supply, like any striker, he can fall silent. 6/10.

Alex Gilliead (58')

Gilliead did his best to get Town going when he came on and had a couple of half shouts for a penalty turned away. After that, he found it really hard to make an impact. 6/10.

Dave Edwards (78')

Didn't quite have enough time to make an impact. He did pull up towards the end but early indications say it shouldn't be too serious. N/A.

Lee Angol (85')