I said in the preview that progressing was all that mattered which is just as well.
This was one flaky performance and very nearly seized upon by a spirited Shrewsbury.
I’m a fan of Cavaleiro, Costa and Traore but deploying all three hit and miss performers in tandem with a second string midfield set the tone for what was to come.
That said, it’s a set piece header and a goalkeeper fumble for their goals, so fingers shouldn’t be pointed exclusively at the attack for failure to turn the lights out after Matt Doherty’s early opener.
But credit to all in gold for turning things around with that man Doherty again the catalyst.
He may still offer up that occasional ‘I’ve just rolled out of bed’ performance but in a squad packed with quality he remains one of the standout players. It’s been a pleasure to see him get better and better and better every season.
Traore was probably the pick of the attacking trio and he did ever so well in the build up to Cavaleiro’s smartly taken winner, even if Sam Ricketts believes he fouled their man when retrieving possession. I’m not sure about that one Sam.
It’s hard to say any of those who came into the side have done enough to enter the reckoning for Newcastle on Monday, but with Jota potentially ruled out there could be an opportunity for someone.
After that it’s off to Bristol for what’s likely to be a very difficult game, regardless of the team Nuno deploys.
He should be going full pelt though with the quarter finals beckoning.
This is starting to get very interesting.