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Match Report | Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Burnley

23 August 2022

Steve Cotterill's Shrewsbury fell to a 1-0 defeat against Championship side Burnley in the Carabao Cup at Montgomery's Waters Meadow on Tuesday night.

Burnley dominated the cup tie with 81% possession however, Shrewsbury's resilient back line prevented them from having many chances.

The game's only goal came through Samuel Bastien as he rifled home from inside the box.

Shrewsbury's best chance of the night came in the dying minutes of the encounter as Chey Dunkley headed home a Luke Leahy cross. However, the goal was ruled offside.

Shrewsbury boss Cotterill opted for a 3-4-3 formation against the Clarets, with Ryan Bowman leading the line.

Youngsters Charlie Caton and Tom Bloxham were deployed as the wingers, with the versatile Jordan Shipley at left wing-back.

Burnley lined up in a 4-2-3-1 system. Ashley Barnes led the line, Manuel Benson and Johann Gudmundson were the widemen, and new summer signing Darko Churlinov sat in the advanced midfield role.

In an evenly contested opening 20 minutes, it was Shrewsbury who came closest to breaking the deadlock.

Leahy drilled in a powerful cross that was met by Matthew Pennington. But his strike was brilliantly kept out by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Burnley created their first real chance midway through the half as Barnes played a ball into the box. Churlinov was there to meet it, but his shot from inside the box sailed wide.

The Clarets went close again on the half-hour mark when Benson darted into the area before curling a strike at goal which Tom Flanagan did well to block.

A few minutes after, Burnley had another attempt to open the scoring as they played a slick sequence of passes down the right-hand side.

Matt Lowton then sent in a cross which Gudmundsson turned over the bar at the back post.

Burnley were seeing a lot of the ball, but an organised Shrewsbury were largely keeping them at bay.

Cotterill's men had another chance to open the scoring just before the break.

Leahy whipped in a corner in front of the blue and amber crowd that was met by Dunkley. But his header flew over the bar.

Five minutes into the second half, Burnley opened the scoring through Bastien as he converted into the bottom corner from inside the box.

The Clarets worked the ball down the left and they were able to evade the Shrews' pressure. Nathan Tella sent a low-driven cross into the box that Bastien met at the back post.

On the hour the mark, the two Shrewsbury academy graduates linked up to create a chance to draw level.

Bloxham and Caton played the ball between themselves in the middle of the park before Bloxham was able to dart away from the Burnley defence and was through on goal.

But his low-driven shot was saved by the Northern Irish stop stopper Peacock-Farrell.

Shrewsbury had a late chance to pull level as Luke Leahy delivered a wonderfully timed ball into the box.

Dunkley headed the oncoming ball into the back of the net for what seemed the leveller. But the flag went up for offside and Salop were condemned to defeat.

Teams

Salop XI:

Marosi (GK), Leahy (C), Pennington, Moore, Bowman, Pyke (Dacosta, 45), Bloxham (Udoh, 75), Caton (Bayliss, 75), Dunkley, Shipley, Flanagan (Nurse, 75)

Unused subs:

Burgoyne (GK), Bevan (GK), Craig, Barlow

Burnley XI:

Peacock-Farrell, Cullen, Barnes, Lowton, Bastien, Egan-Riley (Harwood-Bellis, 87), Gudmundson (Tella, 45), Taylor, Benson (Costelloe, 81), Vitinho, Churlinov (Brownhill, 65)

Unused subs:

Muric (GK), Norris (GK), McNally, Phillips, Dodgson

Bookings:

Tom Flanagan was booked for a foul on Nathan Tella.

Julien Dacosta also received a booking.

Attendance: 3,891

Away fans: 727

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