Shola Can Forget Shearer's Number Nine

Last updated : 23 February 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

... the England Under-21 striker will never join the likes of Hughie Gallacher, Supermac, Sir Les or Andy Cole. He blew the easiest chance of the night to give United three points against a very average Charlton side.

Glenn Roeder: "Shola's chance is the best chance of the game," admitted Roeder. "You are inside the six-yard box, a free header, and it's an empty net because the ball has beaten the goalkeeper.

"Shola is very unhappy in there because he knows he had an opportunity to win the game. He's criticised for not scoring enough goals, he's aware of that and he takes it on his broad shoulders, and he's doing everything he can to rectify it. He had that one chance and unfortunately he directed it over the bar instead of under the bar."

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley was happy enough with a point, just the second his side has picked up on the road in eight attempts.

Alan Curbishley: "It looked like a stalemate all along, really," he admitted. "I think at the end of it, Glenn would have taken the point.

"I don't think anybody quite deserved to have won it, although we looked that little bit stronger in the last 15 minutes and had a couple of decent situations that we didn't take full advantage of. But it would have been cruel on any side who lost that tonight.

"It was a bonus game and we have picked another point up, but most importantly for us, we have kept a clean sheet, because our away record in recent months has been desperate. It needed to be changed around."