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MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 2 Liverpool 2

26 January 2020

Shrewsbury Town hold Liverpool to a 2-2 draw in the Emirates FA Cup.

Town: Max O’Leary, Aaron Pierre, Scott Golbourne, Ro-Shaun Williams, Shaun Whalley (Dan Udoh, 85), Ollie Norburn (Dave Edwards, 26), Callum Lang (Jason Cummings, 59), Donald Love, Sean Goss, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Josh Laurent.

Subs: Joe Murphy, Dave Edwards, Omar Beckles, Brad Walker, Daniel Udoh, Jason Cummings, Sam Hart

Liverpool: Adrian, Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Takumi Minamino (Roberto Firmino, 85), Divock Origi, Joel Matip (Mo Salah, 80), Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliot (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 71), Pedro Chirivella, Yasser Larouci, Neco Williams.

Subs: Caoimhin Kellher, Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ki-Jana Hoever, Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Referee: Simon Hooper

Assistants: Dan Cook and Stuart Burt

Fourth official: Oliver Langford

Attendance: 9510 (1684)

Shrewsbury Town upset all the odds to earn a 2-2 draw against Liverpool in the Emirates FA Cup fourth-round.

A strong second-half performance from The Shrews saw Sam Ricketts’ men pull back from 2-0 down.

First Half:

Right from the first whistle, the away side’s class was there for all to see. Despite Town having good possession and causing problems, it was the Reds who capitalised on their first chance. Curtis Jones received a through-ball just inside the box and slotted home the opener.

Town had their own chance to register a goal against the European Champions in the 24th minute. Ollie Norburn put Shaun Whalley through clean on goal but Adrian made a good save to deny the forward’s effort.

Callum Lang and Whalley were the two Salop players who looked dangerous on the break. The pair often picked the ball up deep and countered on the Reds defence but neither were able to break through.

With just over five minutes left in the half, Whalley nearly pulled Town back onto level terms. The winger again found space in the box but dragged his shot just wide of the post.

Despite Town’s best efforts, the away side went into the break with a one-goal advantage. Both teams had chances, but the Premier League outfit were able to capitalise.

Second Half:

The second-half started in the worst way possible, with the away side gaining another goal. Donald Love was the unfortunate player for Town who scored an own-goal as he tried to clear a Liverpool cross.

Josh Laurent nearly pulled a goal back for Salop with 10 minutes gone in the half. The midfielder picked up the ball just inside the box but couldn’t guide his driven effort on target.

The Shrews were getting chances and nearly made one opportunity pay off. Lang saw himself through on goal but the striker couldn’t notch a goal for Town from a tight angle due to a great save from Adrian.

Town were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute as Laurent was fouled inside the box. Jason Cummings stepped up and pulled Town back into the game with a low driven effort into the corner.

Against all the odds, Salop managed to fire level through Jason Cummings with 15 minutes to go. The striker found space in the box and slotted the ball into the corner of the net from close range.

The game came to an end with Salop earning a replay fixture at Anfield.


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