Shrewsbury's Josh Laurent reacts to Anfield replay and being drawn Chelsea

Monday 27 Jan 2020
Laurent earned the penalty that Jason Cummings stuck away to begin the comeback

Shrewsbury provided the unlikely fairytale story of the Emirates FA Cup fourth round when they rose up against Liverpool to earn a replay at Anfield. 

And midfielder Josh Laurent was at the heart of the action as the Shrews found themselves two goals down following a tidy Curtis Jones finish and an unfortunate Donald Love own goal

With 25 minutes left Laurent was brought down in the box and team-mate Jason Cummings stepped up, having just come off the bench, to halve the deficit. 

Ten minutes later Cummings was at it again showing great composure to level the scores as the Shrews outplayed their heavyweight opponents to earn a memorable 2-2 draw and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Anfield for a replay. 

And Laurent joined Jules Breach and Spencer Owen live on the Emirates FA Cup show on Monday to reflect on that incredible comeback. 

"It's been a crazy couple of hours - I went straight home after the game and just tried to think about what had just happened," he said.  

"I'm hoping for another good team in the draw and we've heard that Klopp is going to play the kids so it's another good chance for us."

As if a trip to Anfield wasn't enough for the Shrews, they've now been drawn an away trip to Chelsea in the fifth round - something Laurent believes will act as an added incentive to beat Liverpool in their own backyard. 

"It's unbelievable and just shows the magic of the cup, another big game for us," he added. 

"In the last round we had a replay against Bristol City and the prospect of playing against Liverpool was a big factor in the result. 

"I'm sure it will have the same effect again hopefully we can find another hero at Anfield."

Jason Cummings scored twice after coming off the bench

Also on the Emirates FA Cup live show sofa was 2005-06 winner with Liverpool Peter Crouch and despite his allegiance to the Reds, admitted that Shrewsbury were worthy of the result. 

The retied striker has still got an eye for goal too and was particularly impressed with the performance of hero goalscorer Cummings. 

"All credit to Shrewsbury because they deserved the replay in the end," said Crouch. 

"Cummings looks like a proper character and he took the goals so well - the calm under pressure for the penalty and then he takes the second one so well. 

"If Liverpool do play a second string team in the replay then Shrewsbury have got a chance. 

"I've got one foot in the Liverpool camp, and of course I wanted them to go through, but how could you not enjoy the Shrewsbury story?"

By Tom Dean