For the third time in as many games Shrewsbury found themselves chasing a game inside the opening ten minutes, a reoccurring theme so far throughout the campaign. However today they did not fall behind early on to an experienced League one outfit but cash strapped Blue Square premier side Hereford United.
The FA cup is always a special occasion for football fans, a chance to reacquaint oneself with old rivals or the chance to host a big team is always one which excites the crowds.
When the draw was made two weeks ago Shrewsbury fans were ecstatic to have drawn their rivals from down the A49 Hereford United. A chance, many thought to forget about the league, register an easy win and pick morale up a little bit. But like all memorable FA Cup games the match didn’t quite go as they expected.
Falling one goal in the first ten minutes is annoying enough for a fan but to fall two down inside 12 was beyond a joke. The players and fans heads dropped. Despite a fantastic free kick from Summerfield late in the half, a penalty late in the second half booked Hereford their place in the second round and it was one which was very much deserved.
Shrewsbury lacked conviction all across the pitch. No leader ship, no great attacking displays, no flair and most depressing of all, no passion. They were out done by a Hereford side two leagues below them and in all fairness during the first half the scoreline could have gotten even more embarrassing.
Many fans will claim this is just the unpredictability of the cup. “Anything can happen in a derby” they say. Well to be honest this is not an excuse for the display that Shrewsbury fans had to endure at Edgar Street and I’m sure the players and the management fully understand that.
Next up Shrewsbury return to league one action with a trip to in form Bournemouth, if the players realise that the opening ten minutes aren’t a training session and actually manage to keep themselves in the game they could come away with a point but with our striker problem still being painfully clear for all to see It is difficult to envision us coming away with anything more than that.
Its always a moral dilemma for fans as to whether or not they should boo their teams but after their appalling display at Edgar Street a lot of the jeers that came from the away end were more than justifiable.
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