Crystal Palace loanee Sullay Kaikai continued his fantastic form in front of goal yesterday, bagging his fifth strike in four games for Shrewbury Town.
With the Shrews taking on Port Vale, the Palace frontman was up against a familiar face in the shape of fellow Eagles academy graduate Ryan Inniss, who started in the visitors’ back four for a clash which saw both teams desperate to take all three points for differing reasons.
Following a relatively uneventful opening 45 minutes, the game sparked into life after the break, thanks in small part to Vale taking the lead on the hour mark through a Louis Dodds header. There was some debate as to whether or not the ball had crossed the line, not that Inniss and his teammates will have cared in the slightest.
The stage was then set for Kaikai to make his mark on the fixture, which he did in spectacular fashion in the 73rd minute. Fed the ball on the right flank, Sullay made what is now becoming a trademark jinking run towards the box, drawing two defenders before cutting inside on and marking space to get a shot away on the edge of the 18-yard-box. Such is his confidence of late that the small window of space he created was enough to provoke him into smashing a left-footed strike towards goal, wheeling away in delight as he saw it fly into the back of the net.
The game was to have a little more controversy before the full-time whistle, when Shrewsbury’s Knight-Percival was dismissed for pushing a Port Vale player in a melee inside the goal-mouth.
Kaikai was given the Man Of The Match award for his efforts, which we hope will have been noticed by Alan Pardew and his coaching staff. If not this season, Sullay will surely be given a chance to impress for us from the beginning of the 2016/17 campaign.