Credit to Shrewsbury, they executed an underdog cup performance almost perfectly.
Great hit for their first goal, but I’m wondering if Ruddy should really be getting beaten from that angle by any shot?
Still, they dug in, kept a shape and waited for that chance to break away so the game plan worked perfectly.
A good delivery, a smart run and a powerful header is always enough to take out a zonal marking system so no complaints about the second goal either.
I’m just glad the lads were mentally strong enough to get it together and the substitutes did exactly what substitutes are supposed to do – change the game.
Cav and Jimenez combined superbly for the first goal and were the catalyst for the late onslaught that eventually resulted in Doherty powering in that header from a superb Traore cross.
Our record signing continues to divide opinion but no surprise his best moments come when he’s playing in the only position he’s truly comfortable. Right wing or nothing for me.
If there’s a major criticism of the team it’s that they don’t make the most of games where teams allow them more of the ball. 66% possession today but not really enough chances created for my liking.
The odd attacking selection probably had something to do with that and Costa’s point blank header right at the keeper underlined what they were lacking prior to Jimenez coming on.
Nuno says the schedule is tight but I’m thrilled we’ve got another game and hope they get it done at the second time of asking.
With a scalp to our name already (albeit against a cack Liverpool side) and a dramatic comeback, maybe it’s our year?