The FA Cup - Third Round
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Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Stoke City in FA Cup third round

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FA Cup: Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Stoke City highlights

Peter Crouch's equaliser meant Stoke avoided embarrassment in the FA Cup third round at League One Shrewsbury.

The ex-England striker volleyed in from close range four minutes after coming off the bench for Gary Rowett's side.

Ollie Norburn had put Shrewsbury ahead from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time after Tom Edwards fouled Aaron Amadi-Holloway in the box.

Amadi-Holloway should have made it 2-0 after the break but headed over, before 37-year-old Crouch earned a replay.

Rowett, who has been criticised by some Stoke supporters after eight wins in 26 Championship games this campaign, named a strong starting XI in Shropshire.

But they lacked any fluency against a Shrewsbury side who are struggling themselves in League One.

Potters winger Tom Ince had the best chance of a dour first half, seeing his shot well saved by Steve Arnold, before Edwards' clumsy foul saw referee David Webb point to the spot.

Norburn stepped up and smashed an excellent penalty into the middle of the goal.

Stoke pushed for a leveller in the second half and were frustrated - until veteran striker Crouch coolly finished Tyrese Campbell's deflected cross at the far post.

Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts:

"Obviously, I'm really pleased with the standard of the performance. We're setting standards which I want to maintain and we need to hit.

"We can't hit them every game but I want to hit them more games than not and we did it again today.

"The last little piece missing off that was to get through to the next round and we were so close.

"I think we had the better chances. We had a really good chance to go 2-0 up in the game. Our goalkeeper's had one save to make all game."

Stoke manager Gary Rowett:

"I felt it was always going to be a difficult game because of the last three games for us and, of course, the negativity surrounding that recent run of form.

"It's an away game in the FA Cup, which are never easy against a side only a division below us, and the pitch was a difficult pitch.

"Straight away, you could see it, it's not a criticism, but you knew that it was going to be a difficult pitch to move the ball quickly and kind of show the extra quality.

"Second half was a lot better without the final bit of quality again and then I felt the three substitutes made a big difference."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 15Arnold
  • 13Bolton
  • 5SadlerSubstituted forBecklesat 82'minutes
  • 22Waterfall
  • 3Haynes
  • 18Gilliead
  • 42Grant
  • 8Docherty
  • 29NorburnBooked at 31mins
  • 14John-LewisSubstituted forAmadi-Hollowayat 18'minutesSubstituted forAngolat 84'minutes
  • 28Laurent

Substitutes

  • 1Coleman
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 6Beckles
  • 9Angol
  • 20Amadi-Holloway
  • 21Eisa
  • 27Sears

Stoke

  • 32Federici
  • 30Edwards
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 5Williams
  • 3Pieters
  • 7Ince
  • 22Clucas
  • 8Etebo
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forDioufat 74'minutes
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 74'minutes
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forCampbellat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Diouf
  • 23Martina
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Campbell
  • 29Haugaard
  • 33Sorensen
  • 36Souttar
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
7,512

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Stoke City 1.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Oliver Norburn (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Alex Gilliead (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Omar Beckles.

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

Foul by Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Lee Angol replaces Aaron Amadi-Holloway.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Omar Beckles replaces Mat Sadler because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Stoke City 1. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Federici.

Attempt saved. Josh Laurent (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Tyrese Campbell replaces Bruno Martins Indi.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces James McClean.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

Mat Sadler (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Delay in match Ashley Williams (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Josh Laurent (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Anthony Grant (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

Attempt missed. Tom Ince (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Shrewsbury Town).

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Laurent (Shrewsbury Town).

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Waterfall (Shrewsbury Town).

Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Aaron Amadi-Holloway (Shrewsbury Town) header from very close range is too high.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Steve Arnold.

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