WANDERERS (3-4-1-2).


Had a couple of fairly routine saves, and some nice footwork in the first half when Sheehan played a firm back-pass in his direction – but a comfortable night.


Rolled his ankle and looks like he might miss Saturday’s game as a minimum. Had worked hard to keep Shrewsbury to minimal chances to that point.


Both Udoh and Mata were a handful but, once again, Santos got the basic defending right, getting his head on the ball, his body in the way. And his passing proved hugely important.


Like Santos, did the simple stuff well, and against a physical side like Shrewsbury that is half the battle. Won loads in the air.


Didn’t get much space to get behind the home defence, as he would normally like to do, but came good in his own penalty box on a few occasions.


Grew into the game in the second half when more space started to open up, and put in a couple of sumptuous passes through the middle.


If anyone was going to break the deadlock, it was him. Those little darts and jinks with the ball open up so many different opportunities in the middle of the park.


Had a frustrating first 45 minutes where a few passes went astray as he tried to link up with Williams. Stuck to the task and got on top in midfield after half time.


Like Dacres-Cogley, had very little space in which to operate on a slender playing surface, but he kept plugging away and got into the game eventually.


Claimed a deflection on Maghoma’s goal – and should have had at least one other. His non-stop hassling helped wear the home side down.


Missed a decent chance in the first half but, as with Charles, it was his work-rate off the ball which helped to get the whole team on top.

Subs: Forrester 7, 49 (for Jones): Straight into the action and showed once again that he is an exciting defensive talent.

Nlundulu 79 (for Charles), Bodvarsson 79 (for Adeboyejo), Morley 85 (for Maghoma), Not used: Iredale, Mendes Gomes, Jerome.

Tactics – 6/10: Got there in the end. Shrewsbury’s shape caused problems in the first half but Wanderers persisted, confident their opponents would eventually wear down and gaps would open. They did.

Shrewsbury Town (3-4-3): Marosi; Flanagan, Dunkley, Anderson; Winchester, Kenneh, Perry, Sraha; Bayliss, Udoh, Shipley.

Subs: Mata 70 (for Kenneh), Sobowale 70 (for Shipley), Burgoyne 76 (for Marosi), Pierre 88 (for Bayliss) Not used: Thorpe, Benning, Bennett.

Referee: Tom Reeves – 7/10: Very solid, no real controversies and kept his cards largely tucked away.

Attendance: 5,901.