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Man City seal EFL Trophy comeback with thrilling shootout win over Shrewsbury

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Manchester City must wish their youngsters could play in this tournament every week.

Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts predicted that anyone making the trip out for the evening - 1384 battled the cold, with 53 from City - would see a team playing with the City DNA that runs from the youngest academy players to Pep Guardiola's first team and he was not wrong; from the off, Paul Harsley's side were passing from back to front with Ian-Carlo Poveda and Adrian Bernabe looking to scheme a way through.

They seem to save their best for some of the most competitive football they face and march onto the last-16 of the EFL Trophy for the second successive season after yet another display that married a slick passing game with bravery and attacking incision.

A response was needed and, after the break, was exactly what the young Blues produced.

Substitute Keke Simmonds shot narrowly wide and then saw a shot agonisingly turned over in stoppage time as City ended the game the stronger side but with no further goals a penalty shootout ensued.

After a number of disappointing resultd this season, this was a performance and victory to savour and thy go through to the next round fearing nobody.

After 11 nerveless penalties, Grimshaw hauled himself to his left and knocked over Golbourne's effort to send the Blues through.
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