EFL Cup - Third Round
ShrewsburyShrewsbury Town1NorwichNorwich City0

Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Norwich City

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Greenhous Meadow
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:

"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

Formation 3-5-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ashley Vincent replaces Liam Lawrence.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jamar Loza (Norwich City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron King replaces Kyle Lafferty.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Javier Garrido.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Gary O'Neil (Norwich City).

  19. Post update

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

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    Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).