Sunday’s result may not see Shrewsbury Town advance to the next round of the FA Cup. To do that, they will need to go one better against Liverpool’s youth players at Anfield in just a little over a week. But it’s being seen as a win.
For the club, for their fans, and for their players, it’s a shock upset—it’s the magic of the FA Cup. And it’s only fair and right to give them a moment to luxuriate in that, in getting a result against the European and world champions.
“I am absolutely buzzing,” said 24-year-old Scottish striker Jason Cummings, who scored from the spot in the 65th minute before adding a 75th minute marker from open play to secure a fourth round replay at Anfield.
“We have worked hard and I am delighted for the Club as well. We got a well-deserved replay at Anfield and we will all be looking forward to that. We are a good team and have some really good players. We showed that today.”
Now, perhaps more than in the replay even, they’ll be looking to use the result to boost their league season, as they currently sit 16th in League One with the final playoff team eight points above them and with 19 games left to play.
But there’s also that replay, and while yesterday’s team was half senior players and half youths, everyone knows that the replay will be all youth players due to it falling during the Reds’ previously scheduled winter break.
“The scenes at the end were class,” Cummings added. “It was good for the fans, they came in their numbers today. Hopefully they will turn up at Anfield [and] that will be another good day out. Last night was good for the fans and good for the Club.
“The FA Cup is quality. Take away the Premier League, it’s the biggest cup in English football. Everyone wants to get their hands on it. We will take some positives from tonight and go into the next game with confidence.”