Lee Bowyer’s men travel to Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday to take on Shrewsbury Town.

Currently sitting 16th in League One, Sam Rickets men find themselves being drawn into a relegation battle.

Under Rickets The Shrews have only managed the one league win since his appointment in early December.

However with new signings arriving at the club already this month, the manager’s stamp on the side will only now start to be felt.

Charlton won the reverse fixture 2-1 at The Valley in the second game of the season as a Lyle Taylor strike and a last minute Karlan Grant goal snatched victory for The Addicks.

Charlton’s ‘Head to Head’ with Shrewsbury:

PL:24 W:7 D:7 L:10

Shrewsbury (League) form guide:

PL: 26 W:7 D:9 L:10

Last six results: LDWLDD

Recent Outings

Salops last two games have come in the last week, one in the FA Cup and the other the Football League Trophy.

Drawing with a strong Stoke side last weekend a replay next week is not what Ricketts would've wanted, but they will come in to the game buoyed by the fact they can compete at a Championship level.

A defeat, albeit on penalties, to Port Vale in the FL Trophy mid-week served it's purpose to the manager as a number of youth players made their bow.

Star Men

Fejiri Okenabirhie

Despite their league struggles Salop have a goalscorer in Okenabirhie.

Having worked his way into the side the striker went through a purple patch at the back end of November and early December when he equalled the clubs record for consecutive goals in the league.

With a long term injury to fellow striker Lenell John-Lewis, the pressure has mounted on Okenabirhie.

Of the striker manager Rickets said:

“He goes on the pitch to score goals and he looks a goal threat whenever the ball is around him in the penalty box.

“We just have to keep getting him into those positions and get the ball to him.”

Greg Docherty

Another player who has stood out for outfit is Greg Docherty, who is on loan from Rangers.

“He’s a young lad who can do a bit everything, but we’re refining him and improving him.

“He’s got a real desire to be as good as he can be.

“And he’s a good lad, very nice. It’s not easy to move from one area of the UK to another, especially if you’re by yourself.

"They sent him here to learn and progress and that’s exactly what is happening."

The Manager

The manager on Charlton:

“We don’t fear anyone," said Ricketts.

“It’s a stern test, but one that we go into knowing that if we play like we know we can do – the result is there for us.

“Charlton are a good side, a side who are towards the top end of the table – and deservedly so.

“They have made few signings as well, so it’s another game to look forward to."

The manager made the move from Wrexham in early December and has set to work this month in re-building a side to stride away from the foot of the table.

One signing Salop have made this January was bringing in former Wolves and Reading midfielder Dave Edwards.

“I’m really pleased in every aspect really," said Ricketts.

"It’s the perfect signing. It’s great for his experience in the game, what he can bring off the field, on the field.

“I think it’s also great for all the Town supporters, a player who came through the ranks here. He’s gone on to have a great career.

“He’s not here to rest, he’s here to achieve something which is music to my ears because that’s why I’m here as well.”

The man, now in his second spell with the club comes after suffering a frustrating 2018 where he’s battled back from ligament damage. The Welsh international seems to be free from injury as he looks to make his bow against Charlton this weekend.

“I’m 32-years-old, I don’t feel I’ve lost any of my psychical capabilities I’ve had in my career.,” said Edwards.

“It’s not come here to wind down. I want to come here and try and improve the squad.

“We’ve got a very talented midfield here.”

Kick off is at 3pm.