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Southampton 2-0 Shrewsbury Town: Saints see off plucky League One opponents

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Daniel N’Lundulu scored on his first senior start for Southampton

Southampton earned a straightforward win over Shrewsbury in their rearranged FA Cup third-round tie at St Mary’s.

Daniel N’Lundulu opened the scoring for a much-changed Saints side with a low effort into the bottom left corner.

The hosts dominated possession and while they were relatively comfortable it took James Ward-Prowse’s late free-kick to seal their win.

Southampton will now host Arsenal in the fourth round of the competition on Saturday (12:15 GMT).

Ralph Hasenhuttl had promised to field a side that blended youth and experience for this cup tie.

And he did not disappoint for a fixture that was originally scheduled for 9 January but was moved after a coronavirus outbreak at the League One club.

While captain Ward-Prowse provided the know-how and Fraser Forster and Shane Long were also brought in for run-outs, there was a very youthful feel to Southampton, particularly down the flanks.

Caleb Watts, 19, and Kegs Chauke, 18, were both handed debuts and delivered promising performances in front of French right-back Yan Valery, 21, and England youth international, Jake Vokins, 20.

But while Saints are noted for their intricate football, it took a scruffy N’Lundulu strike from a long ball forward and Ward-Prowse’ expertise from dead-ball positions to see off their plucky opponents.

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Forster
  • 18Valery
  • 35Bednarek
  • 5Stephens
  • 29Vokins
  • 72ChaukeBooked at 46minsSubstituted forArmstrongat 79′minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 27DialloSubstituted forFinniganat 90+2′minutes
  • 65WattsSubstituted forJankewitzat 85′minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forAdamsat 79′minutes
  • 40N’Lundulu

Substitutes

  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 3Bertrand
  • 10Adams
  • 17Armstrong
  • 41Lewis
  • 47Ferry
  • 52Finnigan
  • 62Tchaptchet
  • 64Jankewitz

Shrewsbury

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 31Sarkic
  • 24Ebanks-Landell
  • 2Pierre
  • 29PenningtonSubstituted forCummingsat 85′minutes
  • 5Williams
  • 8NorburnSubstituted forEdwardsat 74′minutes
  • 10Vela
  • 3GolbourneSubstituted forSearsat 73′minutes
  • 32ChapmanSubstituted forTraceyat 63′minutes
  • 7Whalley
  • 23UdohSubstituted forPykeat 73′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Burgoyne
  • 4Edwards
  • 6Goss
  • 9Pyke
  • 11Clarke
  • 12Sears
  • 20Tracey
  • 22Daniels
  • 35Cummings

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