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Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Chelsea

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
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.

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



Formation 3-5-2

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 10E Hazard
  • 21Matic
  • 22Willian
  • 23Schwarzer
  • 26Terry
  • 34Baker
  • 37Brown
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 1, Chelsea 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Eden Hazard replaces Oscar.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

  8. Goal!

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

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic replaces John Obi Mikel.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Mohamed Salah.

  11. 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.

  12. Post update

    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.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Andy Mangan replaces James Collins.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Nathan Aké (Chelsea).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jordan Clark replaces Bobby Grant.