Southampton see off Shrewsbury to progress into the 4th Round of the FA Cup
In the 3rd round of the FA Cup, we saw Saints take on the Shrews after a rescheduling a couple of weeks ago. With the hosts enjoying 75% of the possession, it was a comfortable night for them.
First Half: 1-0
Three minutes in, Southampton started to put the pressure on Shrewsbury with a great attack. With Vokins on the edge of the box, he layed it off to Watts who took on the shot and it got saved by Sarkic. Shrewsbury knew this wasn’t going to be easy.
The next attack came from Shrewsbury who had a little spell of possession at St Marys’. A good ball to Chapman who brings it down, does a sweet turn and takes on the shot from a distance and is comfortably saved by the former English international.
A goal from Southampton shortly after saw them take the lead over the League One side. This time it was Ward-Prowse who drops a nice ball over the top for N’Lundulu and he slots home nicely to give his team the lead. Some great play from Southampton here, and a good confidence boost for the youngster. The goal was checked by VAR, however, because there could have been a handball, but it was deemed valid.
Shrewsbury took hold of the next major chance, when Saints player Diallo gave the ball away to midfielder Vela who had a crack at goal but it went steaming over the bar. He had other options though.
Again, another chance for Shrewsbury to equalise. It came from a corner for them, which gets cleared away by Long. But straight out to Shrewsbury player, Norburn who lays it off to Vela and he switches it out wide to the striker, Whalley. Striker Whalley takes on a good shot and the connection is decent but it gets clawed away by the 32 year old goalkeeper. It would not of counted as the striker was offside in the build up.
Worrying for Southampton who should be comfortable in a game like this.
First Half Review: Pretty even in terms of chances, some decent attempts by both sides. But at this point, Saints have taken theirs, so they lead.
Second Half: 2-0
Second half started and ten minutes in came a chance for Southampton to double their lead. It came from some good football from Long and Vokins. They switch a nice one-two and Vokins takes on the shot, but it gets palmed away from Sarkic.
Shrewsbury needed to be careful, Saints were looking to make it two.
A good chance from the Northern side came about from Ward-Prowse giving the ball away in the midfield and Norburn taking advantage of this. He plays Chapman through on goal, and the shot is attempted but he shanks it and the ball once again goes flying over the bar.
Saints’ next chance came from a good corner from England international Ward-Prowse who gets enough height on the ball to reach Stephens. He tries to poke it past the Shrewsbury keeper but it is saved.
Once again, some great play from the Southern side, where midfielder Ward-Prowse pings a ball out over the top to Vokins who drags it through the middle to Watts. Takes on the shot and it saved right into the path of Shrewsbury defender Pierre, who has an awkward touch straight into the goal, but it is cleared off the line. Some fantastic defending.
Chance for Shrewsbury Town in the 75th minute. Whalley whips in a great free kick, on to the head on Pennington, who puts it wide. More good play by Shrewsbury.
The second goal comes from Southampton in the dying moments of the game. A foul on the edge of the box sees Ward-Prowse take on a free kick. We all knew that he was good at free kicks, but this one is fantastic. Straight to the bottom left corner, and the keeper gets a hand on it but it is not enough.
Full Time: Southampton FC 2-0 Shrewsbury Town
Man Of The Match: N’Lundulu- One to watch for the future, tonight he just showed that he has quality.
Southampton Line Up VS Shrewsbury