EFL Cup - Fourth Round
Shrewsbury1Chelsea2

Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Chelsea

Didier Drogba (right)
Didier Drogba has won two League Cup titles with Chelsea
  • Didier Drogba scores his third goal in three games
  • Substitute Willian plays key role in winner
  • League Two side push Chelsea all the way

Chelsea needed a late own goal to spare potential embarrassment against gutsy League Two side Shrewsbury and reach the League Cup quarter-finals.

The Blues struggled on a wet Greenhous Meadow Stadium pitch, but took the lead after the break when Didier Drogba swept in a half-volley.

Shrewsbury scored a deserved equaliser 13 minutes from time when substitute Andy Mangan stabbed in.

That joy was short-lived as Jermaine Grandison turned in Willian's cross.

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Mourinho praises 'difficult' Shrews

It seemed extra time might be on the cards when Mangan, recently back from injury, poked in to send the home fans into raptures.

But just four minutes later, Micky Mellon's side were dealt a cruel blow as Grandison, who provided the assist for the goal, nodded into his own net under pressure from Drogba.

Chelsea, whose line-up contained Drogba, Oscar and Andre Schurrle, barely threatened a well-organised Shrewsbury defence during the first half.

However, Jose Mourinho's men improved markedly in the second period, and took the lead three minutes after the restart when Drogba latched on to Mohamed Salah's pass and slammed his shot past Jayson Leutwiler.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"We've had an amazing Cup adventure and made a lot of friends along the way, but we're out.

"We've played in a way that has been pleasing on the eye and beat some very good teams.

"But I am hugely disappointed because we pegged it back to 1-1. And I can't believe I'm standing here actually saying I'm disappointed we haven't beaten Chelsea, but I couldn't be more proud of the players.

"They are bringing on £300m of talent but we caused them all sorts of problems and you have to give my players unbelievable credit for that. They all ran themselves into the ground."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho:

"Yes I was worried when they equalised but we go through and Didier played a massive part in that.

"Hopefully he will be good for the weekend but we will have to see because right now his character is stronger than his body.

"Maybe what he has done today is through his character - not his body.

"That's what makes players special and any of the young players lucky enough to play alongside him, learn from that."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho's side found it tough going in Shropshire but took the lead through Didier Drogba
Andy Mangan scores for Shrewsbury
Andy Mangan had only been on the pitch for two minutes before scoring
Shrewsbury's Jermaine Grandison scores an own goal
There was no fairytale for the Shrews, though, as moments later Jermaine Grandison scored an own goal

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 6Goldson
  • 2Grandison
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 25Grimmer
  • 24GrantSubstituted forClarkat 67'minutes
  • 4Woods
  • 11Lawrence
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 75'minutes
  • 26Akpa-Akpro

Substitutes

  • 5Ellis
  • 7Vincent
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Griffith
  • 19Mangan
  • 21Halstead
  • 22Clark

Chelsea

  • 1Cech
  • 31Christensen
  • 5Zouma
  • 24Cahill
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 12MikelSubstituted forMaticat 80'minutes
  • 6AkéBooked at 21mins
  • 17SalahSubstituted forWillianat 80'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forE Hazardat 90+3'minutes
  • 14Schürrle
  • 11Drogba

Substitutes

  • 10E Hazard
  • 21Matic
  • 22Willian
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 26Terry
  • 34Baker
  • 37Brown
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
10,210

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Oscar.

Attempt missed. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Didier Drogba.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

Goal!

Own Goal by Jermaine Grandison, Shrewsbury Town. Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic replaces John Obi Mikel.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Mohamed Salah.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 1. Andy Mangan (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.

Hand ball by Nathan Aké (Chelsea).

Didier Drogba (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

Nathan Aké (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jordan Clark replaces Bobby Grant.

Offside, Shrewsbury Town. Bobby Grant tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jermaine Grandison.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Lawrence with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

Attempt saved. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Aké.

Attempt missed. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jermaine Grandison.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

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

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jayson Leutwiler.

Attempt saved. André Schürrle (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Goal!

Goal! Shrewsbury Town 0, Chelsea 1. Didier Drogba (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a through ball.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Aké.

Second Half

Second Half begins Shrewsbury Town 0, Chelsea 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 0, Chelsea 0.

Attempt blocked. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by André Schürrle with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Jermaine Grandison.

Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

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