Wolves fightback before dumping dogged Shrewsbury Town out of FA Cup

Wolves fightback before dumping dogged Shrewsbury Town out of FA Cup

Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 Shrewsbury Town 2

Having been moments away from a shock defeat in their first encounter with League One strugglers Shrewsbury, Wolves had to overcome more scares before earning a fifth-round trip to Bristol City in an FA Cup competition their more optimistic fans believe they can win.

Shrewsbury, managed by former Wolves captain Sam Ricketts, had been two goals up with 15 minutes left before the Premier League side staged a late rally at New Meadow. This time they recovered from an early goal conceded in front of a packed Molineux to lead 2-1 after a dreadful error by Wolves’ keeper John Ruddy, and though they ultimately succumbed they did so with their respectability fully intact.

Wolves were off to the best possible start, ahead after 80 seconds as Shrewsbury failed to clear a follow-up cross from Morgan Gibbs-White after his corner had been repelled and Matt Doherty, whose equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time at the New Meadow had won this replay and spared his team’s embarrassment, stabbed the ball into the goal.

Maybe it was a goal too soon, though.  The home side, showing six changes from the weekend but only three compared with the original tie, did not really engage their higher gears until they were two-nil behind in Shrewsbury and there was an easing-off immediately here, again to costly effect, the visitors drawing level in the 11th minute when lax marking allowed James Bolton to head home an Ollie Norburn corner.

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