EFL Cup - Third Round
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Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Norwich City

James Collins of Shrewsbury Town celebrates scoring the opening goal with team-mates
Shrewsbury have now beaten three teams from higher divisions in this season's League Cup

James Collins headed the winner as League Two side Shrewsbury Town upset Championship promotion chasers Norwich City to reach the League Cup last 16.

Collins nodded home his first goal in a month on 54 minutes to give the home side the lead.

Norwich sub Jamar Loza had a late goal chalked out for offside and Steven Whittaker drilled a shot across goal.

But Town held on to continue their impressive run of upsets in this season's competition.

Collins' League Cup record
James Collins has scored six goals in six starts in the League Cup - three for Shrewsbury Town and three for Swindon (including a goal in the third round against Arsenal in Shrewsbury's 3-1 defeat three years ago).

Following 1-0 wins over Blackpool and Leicester City in rounds one and two, the Canaries, who are second in the Championship table and 52 places better off in the Football League ladder, are Shrewsbury's third big scalp.

Norwich had made 11 changes from the team that came back from 2-0 down to draw with Birmingham City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

They were first to threaten when Kyle Lafferty headed over from close range from Elliott Bennett's right-wing cross.

But, despite having picked an apparently more defensively-orientated team, Micky Mellon's men ended the first half looking the more attack-minded.

Shrewsbury's League Cup record
Shrewsbury are through to the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time since making it all the way to the quarter-finals (when they were beaten by Southampton) in 1986-87.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro fired a low shot wide, then tested keeper Declan Rudd with a powerful drive, either side of Cameron Gayle going close with a solo dribble to the byline.

Shrewsbury's positivity against the team from two leagues above them finally brought its reward nine minutes after the break.

Jermaine Grandison nodded on skipper Liam Lawrence's free-kick and Collins carefully looped his header over Rudd from the corner of the six-yard box.

Akpa Akpro could have settled it 11 minutes from time before Norwich's late rally, but Shrewsbury saw it through.

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I'm so proud of my players. This was no smash and grab. We worked hard, played well and thoroughly deserved to win.

"We don't just lump it in the box. We get the ball down and knock it about and I don't remember our keeper having to make a save.

"I've said since I first came in that my first job was putting a smile on the fans' faces after a year of doom and gloom."

Norwich manager Neil Adams:

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Adams on Shrewsbury v Norwich

"We should have been capable of winning the game and that's not being disrespectful to Shrewsbury because they've got the goal.

"We just needed to do better. We started okay, we controlled the game and we controlled the possession, missed a couple of chances that could have changed the game, but generally speaking looking at 90 minutes, we've lost 1-0, we've not scored a goal and that isn't good enough."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 2Grandison
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 6Goldson
  • 12Gayle
  • 4Woods
  • 11LawrenceSubstituted forVincentat 89'minutes
  • 14Wesolowski
  • 3Demetriou
  • 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 85'minutes
  • 26Akpa Akpro

Substitutes

  • 5Ellis
  • 7Vincent
  • 10Vernon
  • 16Griffith
  • 19Mangan
  • 22Clark
  • 36Burton

Norwich

  • 26Rudd
  • 2Whittaker
  • 3Cuéllar Jiménez
  • 15Miquel
  • 18Garrido Behovide
  • 17Bennett
  • 8Howson
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-OfoeSubstituted forMurphyat 56'minutes
  • 11HooperSubstituted forLozaat 61'minutes
  • 9LaffertyBooked at 73minsSubstituted forKingat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 16Loza
  • 21Murphy
  • 33Callan-McFadden
  • 35Toffolo
  • 38McGrandles
  • 40King
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
6,187

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away0
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Norwich City 0.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ashley Vincent replaces Liam Lawrence.

Foul by Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town).

Jamar Loza (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Jamar Loza (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.

Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron King replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Javier Garrido.

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Norwich City).

Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Booking

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card.

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Ignasi Miquel (Norwich City) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Foul by James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town).

Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Ignasi Miquel (Norwich City).

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Carlos Cuéllar.

James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Ignasi Miquel.

Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jermaine Grandison (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

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