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Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 16:59 GMT
Shrews shock Everton
Shrewsbury's players celebrate their win
Shrewsbury's players celebrate their win
Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton

Shrewsbury boss Kevin Ratcliffe masterminded the humiliation of his former club as Everton were bundled out of the FA Cup at Gay Meadow.

Ratcliffe - Everton's most successful captain - was elated as two goals from veteran captain Nigel Jemson sparked a massive third round shock.

Every one of our players performed to the maximum

Shrewsbury manager Kevin Ratcliffe

And it was no more than the side lying 80 places below Everton in the lower reaches of the Third Division deserved as David Moyes' side were outplayed for long periods.

Substitute Niclas Alexandersson looked to have saved ragged Everton when he equalised Jemson's opener - but the former Nottingham Forest striker headed a dramatic winner two minutes from time.

Shrewsbury boss Ratcliffe had declared his confidence in causing an upset - and his players backed his words with spectacular actions.

It was only the brilliance of Everton goalkeeper Richard Wright that kept the scoresheet blank until just before the interval.

Wright saves from Rodgers
Wright saves from Rodgers

The England goalkeeper dived brilliantly to his right to save a header from Jemson as he stole in unmarked on to Ian Woan's free-kick after 12 minutes.

Everton's response came in the shape of Tomasz Radzinski. who was twice denied by former Liverpool youngster Ian Dunbavin when clean through.

The dangerous Luke Rodgers brought another fine save from Wright as he raced clear on goal in the 33rd minute - but Shrewsbury got the goal they deserved four minutes later.

We will be criticised for this and we deserve it

Everton manager David Moyes

Thomas Gravesen was booked for a foul on Rodgers, and Jemson whipped a brilliant free-kick over the Everton wall and into Wright's top corner.

Everton were reeling, and Moyes made a change at half-time, replacing the ineffective Gravesen with Alexandersson.

Shrewsbury were furious just after half-time when Rodgers was clearly upended by Peter Clarke, but referee Steve Dunn waved away the appeals.

Smith beats Everton's Carsley
Smith beats Everton's Carsley

Everton grabbed at the lifeline handed to them by the referee and restored equality on the hour.

Scot Gemmill was the creator, leaving Alexandersson free to cut in from the right and beat Dunbavin in the bottom corner.

Shrewsbury were still very much in the game, but it was Alexandersson who almost put Everton ahead with 15 minutes left, shooting across the face of goal.

Wayne Rooney was threatening to win the game for Everton, curling a 20-yard effort narrowly over the top.

But Shrewsbury were still full of belief and determination as they pushed forward in search of a winner.

And they clinched the victory two minutes from time when Jemson headed Woan's free-kick past the helpless Wright.


Shrewsbury: Dunbavin, Moss, Smith, Wilding, Artell, Lowe (Aiston 85), Atkins, Jamie Tolley, Woan, Rodgers (Jagielka 81), Jemson (Drysdale 90).
Subs not used: Kendall, Redmile.

Booked: Lowe.

Everton: Wright, Clarke, Stubbs, Weir, Unsworth (McLeod 90), Carsley, Gemmill (Tie Li 76), Gravesen (Alexandersson 45), Naysmith, Radzinski, Rooney.
Subs not used: Pembridge, Baardsen.

Booked: Gravesen, Stubbs, Rooney.

Att: 7,800

Referee: S Dunn (Avon)

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