‘Never seen anything like it’ – A number of defensive howlers by Notts County sends their opponents Shrewsbury through in the FA Cup.
Ryan Bowman gifted Salop the lead just a minute in after Notts County defender Aden Baldwin slipped on the edge of the penalty area in the second round of the FA Cup on Friday night.
With half time approaching, Richard Brindley levelled the scoreline for the hosts, producing a stunner when finding the corner with a sweet strike from range.
However, Bowman then netted two goals inside 8 minutes during the second half, before James Sanderson, 17, managed to get another back for County with around 15 minutes remaining.
Notts County conceded these three goals tonight 😭
Never seen anything like it pic.twitter.com/RfcMEChRBQ
— The Lower Tiers (@LowerTiers) December 1, 2023
“I think what sums up the evening and the week we have had for me is the players celebrating with all of the supporters,” Shrewsbury boss Matt Taylor said post-match.
“The supporters have seen how hard they worked, but what they’ve done again is put their bodies on the line. Elliott Bennett is playing with eight stitches and you must look at the state of the squad – their effort and application was fantastic.
“We got beaten 4-0 at Blackpool and I questioned the players a lot and in the space of seven days we have picked up four points in the league and are through to the next round of the FA Cup, all with 11 injuries, and that is the reality. We have left 11 first-team players in the treatment room today.
“I’m really pleased because 674 Shrewsbury fans have travelled and it’s cold, it’s a lot of money to get here and to share that moment with the players is what this football club is all about.”
Notts County boss Luke Williams said on mall three goals his side conceded: “I’m disappointed, very disappointed.
“It’s not a disgrace to concede goals against a really good team, but the manner in which we concede those goals is the problem. To lose 3-2 in the cup leaves me with a really horrible feeling.”
There was, though, a moment to remember for young academy star Sanderson, who made his professional debut the day after his 17th birthday and scored with almost his first touch of the game with a fine finish from just outside the area.
Williams said of Sanderson, who made his professional debut the day after his 17th birthday and scored with almost his first touch of the game: “He came to train with the first team straight and we saw straight away that he has a few traits like a senior player – more than you would expect from a young guy.
“He took the goal brilliantly, but then I realised he had his socks low like as if he was a £100million player like Jack Grealish, so we had a quick conversation about that one. But I am really impressed with him and we need make sure that he remember that he’s still got a long way to go.”
Notts County: Aidan Stone; Richard Brindley (Ollie Tipton 73’), Connell Rawlinson (Macauley Langstaff 64’), Sam Austin, Aaron Nemane, Will Randall (Jodi Jones 64’), Aden Baldwin, John Bostock ©, Adam Chicksen, Junior Morias, Dan Gosling (James Sanderson 73’)
Substitutes: Kyle Cameron, Tobi Adebayo, Luther Munakandafa, Lewis Macari, Charlie Gill
Shrewsbury: Marko Marosi; Mal Benning, Joe Anderson, Aaron Pierre, Chey Dunkley ©, Elliott Bennett; Nohan Kenneh, Carl Winchester, Jordan Shipley; Dan Udoh (Jack Loughran 90+), Ryan Bowman (Tunmise Sobowale 83’)
Substitutes: Harry Burgoyne, Tunmise Sobowale, Max Mata, Nana Owusu, Josh Bailey, Harvey Watts, Isaac Godwin, Luca Whitney
Referee: Martin Woods
This is how fans reacted to the defensive howlers by Notts County which sends Shrewsbury through to the Third Round of the FA Cup…
@ShrewsfansUSA: You won’t see a better hatrick than that! 😬
@JCP_Photo: This has to be match fixing.
@dharvey4: Shambolic defending. 😂
@wrhys_writes: It’s just like watching Brazil. Alan Brazil
@JonCFC84: Wouldn’t look out of place at Stamford Bridge
@PheenytheBelsh: First one looks very dodgy.
@WafcHugh: That first one hahahahahahaha
@Aaronknight_94: That centre back looking abit dodgy to me 💰💰💰
@abs_rufc: this is like watching Rotherham try to defend
@Lambertnffc: Genuinely has a professional side ever conceded 3 goals in the same match as bad as this?
@SimplySuvo92: The players deserve their wages docking for conceding goals like this. It’s the worst combination of goals I’ve ever seen. A complete embarrassment. #Notts
@BrandonBWFC2022: I think we need to see a little investigation into this. Players look like they are up to no good here
@StandFree_AFC: The amount of cheek these teams say about Scottish Football as well
@Chris_CA2: Notts county been training with us?
@arniebats: I have no words, we’ve beaten ourselves tonight. Everything about the selection to the defensive display was as bad as I’ve ever seen.
@Yeet_The_Cereal: Shambolic defending but our pressing was immense. #Salop
@pdl2203: Wonder if the #FA checked the betting on that match
@TeaAndTrainers: Our defence has been shaky and untrustworthy all season, but last night FA Cup game takes the biscuit. In fact, it takes the whole biscuit factory. 😂 holy shit. We need to lose our national league level defenders in January, bring in some actual EFL players. 🖤🤍
@LilyCallaghan13: imagine the comments if this was a women’s game 👀
@Pompey_1976: Someone’s making a few quid on this game surely lol
@ThomasDownes15: Shithouse Shrews Strike Again 😉
@Jack_BWFC2021: Gotta be match fixing that, it’s clearly been done on purpose. Look at the 2nd goal, he misses the ball completely when its right near his feet and the 3rd goal especially he runs away from the ball on purpose to let it bounce and heads it back when attackers through on goal
@stokaljona: This is why I say Pep Guardiola has done more damage to English football than anyone since Charles Reep
@StewartsGloves: I’d smash my controller if this was FIFA.
@JSmithh92: How shifty is this 🤔
@TLPepper92: If you don’t laugh you’ll cry. Up the entertainment pies
@RioNFFC: Is this even real 😂😂😂