Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.
- 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.
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."
- 24GrantSubstituted forClarkat 67'minutes
- 9CollinsSubstituted forManganat 75'minutes
- 3Filipe Luís
- 12MikelSubstituted forMaticat 80'minutes
- 6AkéBooked at 21mins
- 17SalahSubstituted forWillianat 80'minutes
- 8OscarSubstituted forE Hazardat 90+3'minutes
- 10E Hazard
- Neil Swarbrick
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.
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).
Own Goal by Jermaine Grandison, Shrewsbury Town. Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.
Substitution, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic replaces John Obi Mikel.
Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Mohamed Salah.
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, 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, Shrewsbury Town. Jordan Clark replaces Bobby Grant.