The FA Cup - First Round
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Walsall 3-0 Shrewsbury Town

Two Craig Westcarr goals handed Walsall an FA Cup first-round victory against League One rivals Shrewsbury.

Westcarr also created the Saddlers' third, passing for Romaine Sawyers to convert from 25 yards.

Shrewsbury came closest to a consolation goal when Richard O'Donnell beat away a John Marsden shot but the visitors had no answer.

Westcarr scored in both halves, poking home amid a defensive mix-up before later driving in a rebounded shot.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Shrewsbury Town Manager Graham Turner told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I think that is the most inept performance from a team I have put out in a long time - it was an embarrassing defeat when you have a scoreline like that.

"Walsall are very good from building up at the back and today our big problem was dealing with long balls.

"It was a horrendous goal to concede - it was a horrible goal. We needed to push on but we never got started. A goal for them got them on the right track - but defensively we were very poor today.

"Walsall started turning on the party tricks at 3-0 and it was a performance from us that is not acceptable."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersSubstituted forPurkissat 85'minutes
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forBenningat 80'minutes
  • 8Mantom
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 7Chambers
  • 16Baxendale
  • 10Westcarr
  • 25Sawyers
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forHemmingsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 6Featherstone
  • 11Hemmings
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 27Gray

Shrewsbury

  • 1Weale
  • 18Goldson
  • 22Woods
  • 4SummerfieldSubstituted forMcAllisterat 67'minutes
  • 16Mkandawire
  • 6Winfield
  • 11Taylor
  • 10Wroe
  • 9BradshawSubstituted forMarsdenat 68'minutes
  • 23ReachSubstituted forParryat 65'minutes
  • 15WildigBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 5Jones
  • 8McAllister
  • 12McQuade
  • 14Marsden
  • 17Parry
  • 25Anyon
Referee:
Charles Breakspear
Attendance:
3,004

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamShrewsbury
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 3, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 3, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ashley Hemmings replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Ben Purkiss replaces James Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Malvind Benning replaces Andy Taylor.

Attempt missed. Nicky Wroe (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Jon Taylor (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

John Marsden (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 3, Shrewsbury Town 0. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Westcarr.

Foul by James Baxendale (Walsall).

Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. John Marsden replaces Tom Bradshaw.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. David McAllister replaces Luke Summerfield.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Weale.

Attempt saved. James Chambers (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Paul Parry replaces Adam Reach.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Dave Winfield.

Attempt missed. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

James Baxendale (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Goldson (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Shrewsbury Town 0. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Milan Lalkovic.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Wildig.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Reach (Shrewsbury Town).

Foul by Andy Taylor (Walsall).

Luke Summerfield (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Walsall 1, Shrewsbury Town 0.

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Weale.

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