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Better Side Progress to the Next Round

City 0 Shrewsbury 1

Report by Ian Bason

As expected, Nigel Pearson made 8 changes from the starting eleven against Chelsea, with only Moore, Mahrez and Konchesky (who was captain for the night) retained.  I thought Allbrighton and Vardy may have seen some action tonight, but neither were included.

So a chance for those players currently warming the bench to stake a claim for a starting place, while first team competitive debuts were handed to James Pearson, Ryan Watson and Michael Cain, the latter of the trio has always impressed me in the U21 games I have seen, all had a chance to push for more first team squad involvement.

For Shrewsbury, the announcement of James Weslowski‘s name on the tannoy received a warm welcoming cheer from City fans, who was always liked him for his competitive challenges in midfield with his City career spoilt by two bad injuries, which happened at the wrong time as Nigel Pearson never saw the best of him, choosing to release him, but I’m glad he has made a decent football career. The Foxes Trust syndicate actually sponsored James in the 2005/6 season when he made his debut http://foxestrust.co.uk/player-sponsorship

City appeared to line up with Gary Taylor-Fletcher (GTF) playing behind Chris Wood in a 4-4-1-1 system, but as the half progressed GTF dropped deeper and deeper to help the debuting central pairing,and  the gap between Wood and the rest of the side grew. With any longer balls snaffled up by the imposing Grandison who had the physical advantage over Wood.

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Oppos Viewpoint – Shrewsbury

Name: Conor Stockdale

Current home town:   Shrewsbury 

Birthplace:  Shrewsbury

How long have you supported your team?  All of my life/25 years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground:  The atmosphere

Favourite match played by your team & why:  The 2-1 victory against Everton at the gay meadow in 2001. A great performance against a strong premier league opposition 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club:  Sir Arthur Rowley- scored loads of goals for us (Editor’s note having scored 251 goals in 301 appearances for LCFC between 1950-58, he became player manager for Shrewsbury scoring 152 goals in 236 appearances between 1958 – 65 before retiring and managing Shrewsbury for a further 4 years)

About our forthcoming match against you:

Looking forward to it, making the long trip down but definitely worth it 

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Next Up – Shrewsbury

Next Up - Shrewsbury Town 26 August 2014

Manager    Micky Mellon     Founded       1886

Ground      New Meadow     

Address    Greenhous Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST

Capacity   9,875  

Squad: 

1        GK      Jayson Leutwiler

2        DF      Jermaine Grandison

3        DF      Mickey Demetriou

4        MF      Ryan Woods

5        DF      Mark Ellis

6        DF      Connor Goldson

7        MF      Ashley Vincent

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Some Cause for Optimism

Chelsea 2 City 0

Report by Kate Thompson

Like I imagine most of the City fans, I hadn’t expected us to get anything from this game – although a chat with some Chelsea fans on the way to match suggested that it might not be as one-sided as might be thought. 

A weakened Leicester team went onto the offensive from the off and, but for poor finishing, could well have scored before Chelsea put us in our place.  One crucial save from the Chelsea keeper (or Nugent miss, depending on your point of view) in the second half came just before Chelsea’s first goal and, not for the first time, I found myself thinking ‘what if...’

In the third choice red kit (why not the gold and black I wonder) City took the game to their wealthy opponents, who had several million pounds’ worth of players in the team, and even more among the substitutes. 

According to the statistics, Chelsea had about two-thirds possession, but I would like to know what the figure was for the first half.  City were by far the better side and by the way Chelsea came out after the break, they had had a rollicking from Mourinho!  Jeff Schlupp was a revelation and a constant problem to Chelsea; Mahrez was a similar pest, only let down by some poor corners which failed to clear the first man.

What might be termed the second string midfield were impressive.  I’ve always liked Andy King and (like others have said) couldn’t understand why certain national papers scored him so low against Everton.  Perhaps he had something to prove, having been released by Chelsea as a boy, but both he and Hammond bossed the midfield.

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Oppos Viewpoint – Chelsea

A bit about you:

Name: Tim Rolls

Current home town: Teddington 

Birthplace: Winslow, Bucks 

How long have you supported your team? 1st game v Stoke Sept 1967 

Overview of your club: 

Favourite thing about your home ground: Statue of Peter Osgood outside West Stand 

Favourite match played by your team & why: Champions League final v Bayern Munch May 2012.  Obvious reason! 

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Bobby Tambling

About our forthcoming match against you: 

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Branislav Ivanovic - quietly gets on with his job.  Ultra reliable and also scores the odd goal 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Andre Schurrle - gamechanger in the World Cup and likely to terrorise defenders this season 

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