The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Shrewsbury Town 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday

Jack Grimmer scored an injury-time winner as League One strugglers Shrewsbury twice came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday.

Lewis McGugan's 35-yard free-kick put the Championship side ahead before Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro levelled.

McGugan again struck from distance only for substitute Shaun Whalley to pounce after Akpa Akpro's penalty was saved.

In an amazing finale, Grimmer headed home in the 97th minute to put the underdogs through to the fifth round.

It is the first time in 25 years that Shrewsbury - who beat Championship side Cardiff in the previous round - have reached the last 16.

Leading 2-1 going into the final five minutes, Championship promotion hopefuls Wednesday could have been forgiven for thinking they had all but secured their cup progress.

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Grimmer had only previously scored one career goal

But the hosts, who enjoyed plenty of possession and had 11 shots on target - six more than their opponents - refused to cave in.

Akpa Akpro was tripped by Vincent Sasso in the dying minutes and, although Lewis Price saved the penalty, Whalley converted the rebound.

On-loan Fulham defender Grimmer then sparked jubilant celebrations when he headed in Scott Vernon's cross, sending relegation-threatened Shrewsbury into the fifth round for the first time since the 1990-1991 season.

What they said

Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon: "To have this club involved in games like this and challenging with Sheffield Wednesday to get into the fifth round of the cup is where we should be.

"We were every bit as good in that second half as we have been poor in other games. We worked very hard on our game plan on the training pitch and all the players stuck to it.

"People are asking for attacking football. I cannot do any more than my right-back getting on the end of a cross in the 97th minute!"

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal on the club's official website: "We did everything we could to get to the next round, and I will make no excuses, but our priority is the Championship.

"We will now fight 100% to focus on doing well in the league.

"It was also good for us to have players back in this game, as they can help us more in the second half of the season."

Line-ups

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Leutwiler
  • 31SmithSubstituted forWallaceat 78'minutes
  • 4Whitbread
  • 20Knight-PercivalBooked at 68mins
  • 15GrimmerBooked at 37mins
  • 29Cole
  • 6BlackSubstituted forWhalleyat 79'minutes
  • 22Clark
  • 12Brown
  • 26Akpa-AkproSubstituted forVernonat 90+1'minutes
  • 19Mangan

Substitutes

  • 3Sadler
  • 10Whalley
  • 16Vernon
  • 17Ogogo
  • 21Halstead
  • 30Jones
  • 38Wallace

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 34Price
  • 2Palmer
  • 3Turner
  • 23Sasso
  • 12Bennett
  • 24SougouSubstituted forWallaceat 71'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 6Semedo
  • 10McGugan
  • 7MatiasSubstituted forLeeat 78'minutes
  • 14HooperSubstituted forNuhiuat 61'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 18Lucas JoãoBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 9Nuhiu
  • 11Bus
  • 20Lee
  • 25Dawson
  • 33Wallace
  • 36Pudil
  • 41Bannan
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
5,699

Match Stats

Home TeamShrewsburyAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Shrewsbury Town 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Shrewsbury Town 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 3, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Jack Grimmer (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Scott Vernon.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Zak Whitbread.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  6. Post update

    Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Scott Vernon replaces Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

  9. Booking

    Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Post update

    Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Shrewsbury Town 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty saved! Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Shrewsbury Town) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Post update

    Penalty Shrewsbury Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro draws a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Vincent Sasso.

  17. Booking

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).