Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Sunderland- Match Report & Player Ratings

Report

Sunderland advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup after coming back from behind to beat Shrewsbury Town with 2 goals in the last 3 minutes.

The Black Cats were lacklustre in the first half and Shrewsbury had their fair share of chances.

The main one coming from Luke Leahy who tried a cheeky lob from 25 yards out and he almost executed it to perfection but it just hit the bar.

Sunderland also had a penalty shout halfway through the first half, but the referee deemed it a dive from Patrick Roberts and he was booked.

As the second half began, the Championship side started to dominate, but Shrewsbury defended doggedly.

Shrewsbury ‘keeper, Marco Marosi, was forced into making a few save from the likes of Patrick Roberts and Amad Diallo, as Sunderland started to press on to secure the victory.

With 10 minutes remaining, completely against the run of play, Shrewsbury went infront thanks to Matthew Pennington getting his head on the end of a Tom Bayliss corner.

The goal was greeted by a record-breaking substitution by Tony Mowbray, as he introduced 15 year old Chris Rigg who became Sunderland’s youngest ever outfield player.

Sunderland pumped up the pressure after that, and in the 92nd minute, Ross Stewart got on the end of Jack Clarkes corner, which is their first goal from a corner this season.

less than 2 minutes later, Sunderland pushed on for a winner, and Amad Diallo found Luke O’Nien on the edge of the area, and he finished brilliantly from 20-yards out and Sunderland won the game!

Player Ratings

Alex Bass – 6

He didn’t have much to do, one comical mistake which led to a corner. Possibly could’ve been stronger for their goal.

Trai Hume – 7

He had quite a good game, defended well and offered quite a bit going forward.

Bailey Wright – 6

Solid enough, defended OK in the first half, didn’t have much to do in the second.

Dan Ballard – 8

Brilliant performance! He was always in the right place at the right time. He was part of a good battle with Christian Saydee, which he came out on top of pretty much everytime.

Luke O’Nien – 7

Great winning goal and gave 100% throughout. He was given the opportunity to get up the pitch more today and he gkt himself a goal.

Dan Neil – 6

Quiet at times but he was very tidy on the ball when he had it, he was often the player that started an attack in the final 10 minutes.

Esouard Michut – 7

Another decent showing, rarely lost the ball and also had a few attempts on goal. A positive performance.

Abdoullah Ba – 6

Quite a quiet game for the standards he has set recently, taken off after an hour.

Patrick Roberts – 6

Created chances and linked up well with Amad but struggled with his final product.

Jewison Bennette – 6

He was quite often our most creative player in the first half, but he struggled to get involved in the second before being taken off.

Amad – 6

Not as involved as he usually is and not as much came off. He still looked like making something happen whenever he did get forward though.

SUBS

Ross Stewart – 7

We looked a lot more dangerous when he came on and offered us an outlet, got on the scoresheet yet again.

Jack Clarke – 7

Tried to make things happen and often got the better of his man, and he was the provider for our first corner goal this season.

Chris Rigg – 7

He’s only 15??!! Looked comfortable enough and he wasn’t scared to get involved.

Man of The Match – Dan Ballard

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