A GRAND COCK-UP GIFTS JOSE THE WIN

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JER­MAINE GRAN­DI­SON spared the blushes of Jose Mour­inho last night, after the Blues needed an own goal to beat lowly Shrews­bury.

The Shrews de­fender’s 81st-minute header sealed the win fol­low­ing a mas­sive shock by Andy Man­gan just four min­utes ear­lier.

Chelsea, given a fright in the early stages of the tie, took con­trol after Di­dier Drogba put them ahead early in the sec­ond half.

And sub­sti­tute Man­gan gave Town hope when he hooked in an equaliser only 80 seconds after be­ing sent on, but Gran­di­son’s er­ror sealed the tie as he glanced a header into his own goal with Drogba lurk­ing.

Chelsea rested many of their reg­u­lars, with a sub­sti­tutes’ bench which in­cludes five play­ers with 260 in­ter­na­tional caps be­tween them.

But, with only three young­sters in Mour­inho’s line-up, the League Two out­fit still had to face a for­mi­da­ble side which fea­tured the fire­power of Os­car, Drogba and An­dre Schur­rle.

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Shrews­bury also had to make a late reshuf­fle when James Wesolowski was in­jured in the warm-up and was re­placed by the veteran mid­fielder Liam Lawrence.

They posed the first prob­lem for Chelsea when Petr Cech did well to push out a header from Nat Knight-Per­ci­val.

Shrews­bury’s tidy style again stretched the Blues’ de­fence when Grant headed the ball down to Collins, who was crowded out on the six-yard line.

Chelsea fi­nally be­gan to trou­ble the Town back four in the fi­nal 15 min­utes as Mo­hamed Salah made in­roads down the right flank, but they could have con­ceded a 36thminute penalty when Drogba han­dled inside the area.

Salah split the Shrews’ de­fence with a slick move, leav­ing Drogba to fin­ish stylishly with a crisp half-vol­ley from 10 yards out.

Shrews­bury replied strongly and went close to an equaliser when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s 55th-minute shot was de­flected inches wide, but Chelsea took an iron grip on the tie and Schur­rle and Drogba looked men­ac­ing with long-range ef­forts.

GRAND DAY OUT: Wil­lian and Drogba cel­e­brate Gran­di­son’s own goal

HEADER: Gran­di­son

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