QPR 2, Charlton 1
The gap between Charlton and safety has now reached double figures as they were unable to maintain the albeit tenuous form that had led to a two-match unbeaten run.
It was always going to be a tough call against the West London side but the Addicks clung to the consequences of QPR’s position – lost in mid table with nothing to play for but the beach.
Nasser el Khayati broke Charlton hearts with a stoppage time winner after Jordan Cousins leveller for the south east London club on the hour mark. That had cancelled out Matt Phillips lucky early goal for the home side.
Callum Harriott’s shot off the bar was the best opportunity for anything more with Ademola Lookman and Igor Vetokele squandering chances against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s club.
Charlton boss Jose Riga said afterwards: “At the end of the match, conceding a goal like that when you have the possibility yourselves to win is cruel.
“It’s a sad story. The only hope is that the Charlton fans can see again that the side was really competitive, with not just good spirit, but a style of play. At least your own feeling is that you have done your job.”
Millwall 3, Shrewsbury 1
A solid 3-1 win and elevation to fourth spot was just what was needed to settle nerves among the Millwall faithful.
A mixture of indifferent results and strong performances elsewhere had seen the Lions looking over their shoulder in their quest to secure a play-off place. Now the only potential gatecrasher is Barnsley in seventh – and they are seven points behind the south London club.
However, those nerves took a jolt. Relegation threatened Shrewsbury went in at half-time with a goal lead and it took strikes from Ben Thompson (57) and Steve Morison (61) to bring the game back on an even keel. Lee Gregory prettified the scoreboard more with an injury time penalty.
Manager Neil Harris said: “I said to the boys ‘Go and express yourself in the second half. We’ve got to be brave and get on the ball’. First half, we were too direct, too long, we needed the extra pass. Second half, we were excellent.”