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Cardiff City 0-1 Shrewsbury Town

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Wales Sport at Cardiff City Stadium
Andy Mangan
Andy Mangan scored on his second debut for Shrewsbury Town after rejoining from Tranmere Rovers

Cardiff City suffered an embarrassing third-round FA Cup exit as they were beaten by League One side Shrewsbury in front of a sparsely-populated crowd.

The hosts shaded a turgid goalless first half at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Sammy Ameobi hitting the post.

Although the Bluebirds continued to control possession, Andy Mangan headed the game's only goal after an hour.

Federico Macheda and Stuart O'Keefe both wasted chances as Shrewsbury, 20th in League One, held on.

Shrewsbury, 35 places below their opponents in the Football League, had only won one of their previous eight FA Cup ties against sides from a higher division since Kevin Ratcliffe's side beat Everton - and a young Wayne Rooney - in the third round in 2003.

Wretched pitch, near-empty stadium

A crowd of just 4,782 - marginally bigger than the stadium's record lowest football attendance of 4,194 - watched two much-changed sides toil on a muddy, deteriorating pitch, in a stadium that holds 33,280.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade kept only two players from the 1-0 league win against Blackburn, while Shrewsbury boss Mick Mellon made five alterations to the team thrashed 7-1 by Chesterfield.

It was one of Cardiff's nine changes, Alex Revell, who had the first shot of note but his scuffed rebound was easily palmed away by Mark Halstead.

Bluebirds winger Ameobi then struck the post with a low, firm effort, though neither side was able to play with any fluency on the sticky surface.

Cardiff kept the ball for long periods but to no avail, and they fell behind when Scott Vernon's deep, inswinging cross from the left flank was nodded in at the back post by Mangan, making his second debut for the club.

Federico Macheda
Former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda failed to take several good chances for Cardiff

Slade's side rallied with excellent chances for Macheda and O'Keefe, but both were denied by Halstead.

The hosts recorded 26 shots including blocked efforts, more than any other team in the FA Cup third round, but failed to capitalise, with Macheda particularly culpable.

Shrewsbury defended resolutely and still posed a counter-attacking threat, as Jordan Clark shot wide and Ian Black clipped the post, but Mellon's men were ultimately content to cling on to victory and reach the fourth round.

Manager reaction

Cardiff boss Russell Slade:

"We made a lot of changes but there are no excuses - I sent out a team with enough ammunition to get a positive result.

"We were a little bit wasteful in front of goal and then we've let ourselves down by not picking up their players in our box and they've scored.

"Our focus shifts on to the league almost immediately but I love the FA Cup and we're disappointed, we wanted to progress.

"Of course I'm prepared to take the criticism, all managers have to take that and the numbers don't lie."

Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon:

"Football just drives me up the wall - one week we can have a performance like against Chesterfield and then they do this.

"The players were fantastic and stuck to the game plan that we had worked so hard on during the week and got their rewards for that.

"We always seem to get drawn away in this competition so I'd like the football gods to shine on us and draw us against one of the big boys at home."

What next?

Cardiff face high-flying Hull away in the Championship on Wednesday night, hoping to close on the play-off places. Shrewsbury will look to move away from the League One relegation zone as they host Barnsley on 16 January.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 21Moore
  • 3da SilvaSubstituted forNooneat 74'minutes
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 20Tamas
  • 28Malone
  • 38Ameobi
  • 15DikgacoiSubstituted forKennedyat 63'minutes
  • 22O'Keefe
  • 7Whittingham
  • 19RevellSubstituted forMasonat 79'minutes
  • 14Macheda


  • 1Marshall
  • 10Mason
  • 11Noone
  • 12John
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 23Kennedy
  • 36Oshilaja


Formation 3-5-2

  • 21Halstead
  • 13Gerrard
  • 4Whitbread
  • 20Knight-Percival
  • 15Grimmer
  • 22Clark
  • 6Black
  • 29Cole
  • 3Sadler
  • 16VernonSubstituted forGrandisonat 83'minutes
  • 19ManganSubstituted forAkpa-Akproat 83'minutes


  • 1Leutwiler
  • 5Grandison
  • 10Whalley
  • 26Akpa-Akpro
  • 27Caton
  • 28Patterson
  • 31Smith
Peter Bankes

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamShrewsbury
Shots on Target

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    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Shrewsbury Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

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    Ian Black (Shrewsbury Town) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Larnell Cole.

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    Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ian Black.

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    Attempt missed. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

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    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

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    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Mat Sadler.

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    Attempt missed. Matthew Kennedy (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ian Black (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

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    Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jermaine Grandison replaces Scott Vernon.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Andy Mangan.

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    Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Ian Black.

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    Attempt saved. Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Mason replaces Alex Revell.

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    Attempt missed. Jordan Clark (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Mangan with a cross.