DELIGHTED Charlie Wyke hopes there are many more goals to come between now and the end of the season after opening his Hartlepool United account.
The on-loan Middlesbrough striker’s deflected effort in the 55th minute was enough to secure a point for Pools and he admits it is nice to finally be up and running after going nine games without a goal.
Wyke (pictured), whose loan deal has been extended until the end of the season, is hoping the strike against Shrewsbury will be the first of many between now and the end of April – and he still believes Pools can survive.
The 20-year-old said: “It is nice to get your first goal and I hope there are more to come now.
“I had a couple of chance there which I wish I could have taken but at least I have scored my first goal.
“It is not in my head now – I’m not thinking about it all the time and I can push on and hopefully more will come.”
Pools should have opened the scoring but Steve Howard headed the ball into the chest of goalkeeper Chris Weale with the goal at his mercy.
Shrewsbury striker Marvin Morgan was their danger man and he twice tested keeper Scott Flinders before the home side took the lead in the 23rd minute.
The Pools defence failed to clear the ball and the lively Jon Taylor was eventually allowed to turn and drill home low past Flinders after a good right-wing cross from Connor Goldson.
Taylor should have doubled Shrewsbury’s lead just five minutes before the break but he fired high over the bar from six yards out after good work from front man Luke Rodgers.
Johyn Hughes’ side showed far more purpose in the opening stages of the second half with Jonathan Franks going close from distance before Pools managed to draw level in the 55th minute.
Weale had no chance as Wyke’s deflected shot from inside the area flew past him.
Pools visibly grew in confidence with both Richards and Evan Horwood providing good width down the flanks and Antony Sweeney had a penalty shout turned down before Howard had a strong header cleared off the line.
Shrewsbury might have won it at the death but David McAllister’s long-range effort was well parried in the 92nd minute before Flinders made a fabulous save diving to his right to deny Luke Summerfield.
The follow-up effort from Tom Bradshaw rattled the crossbar and was cleared to safety.
Shrewsbury: Weale, Goldson, Jones, Grandison, Jacobson, Taylor, McAllister, Richards, Purdie (McGinn 65), Rodgers (Bradshaw 65), Morgan (Summerfield 76). Subs Not Used: Anyon, Parry, Mambo, Gayle. Goals: Taylor 23.
Hartlepool: Flinders, Richards, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Franks, Walton (Austin 78), Sweeney, Humphreys, Wyke (Poole 78), Howard. Subs Not Used: McHugh, Monkhouse, Baldwin, Holden, James. Goals: Wyke 55.
Att: 5, 101 Ref: Carl Berry (Surrey).