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Shrewsbury set up Liverpool showdown in FA Cup fourth round
Shrewsbury set up an FA Cup fourth-round clash at home to Liverpool as Aaron Pierre’s fine late goal earned them a 1-0 win over Bristol City.
The League One side secured a memorable meeting with the unbeaten Premier League leaders thanks to Pierre’s low finish from outside the area in the 89th minute.
There were chances at both ends during a goalless first half, with City captain Josh Brownhill’s early drive well saved by goalkeeper Joe Murphy.
Shrewsbury defender Pierre’s long-range effort was just off target and home skipper Ollie Norburn’s shot was deflected narrowly wide.
Nathan Baker went close with a header for the visitors before Famara Diedhiou lifted his shot over the bar when he was sent clear with Murphy to beat.
Shrewsbury striker Daniel Udoh forced a fine save from Daniel Bentley at the other end with a powerful effort from just outside the area.
Diedhiou fired wide for City early in the second half before home substitute Callum Lang’s header was well kept out by Bentley.
With extra-time looming, Shrewsbury delivered the knockout blow in the 89th minute as Pierre picked out the bottom corner to allow his side to dream of an even bigger upset.
Ricketts likely to name strong team when Shrewsbury face Bristol City in replay
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts is likely to name a strong side for the FA Cup third-round replay at home to Bristol City – with a visit from runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool the reward for the winners.
Ricketts made only two alterations for the initial tie as veteran goalkeeper Joe Murphy and midfielder Sean Goss came in for the 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate.
The Shrews are without a win in all competitions since December 21 and Ricketts made four changes for the weekend’s Sky Bet League One draw at home to Lincoln.
Defender Ryan Sears started that game – his first appearance since overcoming a serious knee injury suffered in April.
City boss Lee Johnson shuffled his pack for the original game and may be tempted to do so again, even with the carrot of a game against Liverpool.
Johnson saw three of his players suffer knocks in Saturday’s 2-0 Championship win at Wigan.
He will be hoping that Han-Noah Massengo (ankle), Korey Smith (dead leg) and Marley Watkins (calf) will all be in contention having been forced off during the game.
Injured defender Tomas Kalas will definitely miss out.
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