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Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Over the New Year, a road sign appeared in the middle of the roundabout outside Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadows stadium. Put there by fans delighted by the transformation from relegation favourites to League One promotion contenders since the manager took over in October 2016, it reads simply “Paul Hurst Way”. At the club’s new training centre (paid for by a previous FA Cup encounter with Manchester United) the Paul Hurst way is in evidence everywhere. There is a neat efficiency about the place, a busy productivity that mirrors his approach. It was in evidence everywhere on the pitch during the FA Cup third round tie against West Ham, in which it was largely the excellence of the club’s old boy Joe Hart in the visitors’ goal that was responsible for taking the game to Tuesday night’s replay. “Without a doubt many people will think we missed an opportunity,” says Hurst of the first match. “Hand on heart I’d be one of those people. There was a feeling in the dressing room that the chance had been and gone. But you have to summon up the energy and belief to give it another go. We can’t go there with the mindset of, oh we’ve blown our chance. And I have seen it a few times when underdog teams have gone again and managed to pull off a victory. Though I admit I can’t think of an example offhand.” Hurst’s optimism is understandable. He has grown used to watching his side defy expectation. At the start of the season, one bookmaker installed them as relegation favourites. He printed out a copy of the odds and stuck it on the wall of the training ground canteen, a challenge to assumption. West Ham’s David Moyes will recognise after the goalless encounter in Shropshire that he is up against opposition whose confidence has grown steadily throughout a season of league success. Carlton Morris defends a West Ham United corner Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Yes, we didn’t cause the upset, but one thing that did surprise me was how little West Ham troubled us,” says Hurst. “We didn’t have to ride our luck. Maybe this time round might be case of woodwork coming on our side.” What he is hoping above all is that his players learn from the challenge of taking on a Premier League side and take from it lessons that could prove vital in the league campaign. “I look at Liverpool against Man City and Liverpool showed best way to go about stopping a team playing. In this game, you have joy from giving it a go. That’s what we did on the day. We were on the front foot. We’ll try and approach it in the same manner. I don’t have any different tactics home or away, you’re trying to win matches wherever you are. And the lads now know they’ve stared them in the eye. They’ll have a bit of confidence.” The 'Paul Hurst Way' sign Credit: GETTY IMAGES As will the manager. This is undoubtedly as much a shop window for him as it is for his players, a chance to prove he can cut it against the best, the opportunity to put the Paul Hurst Way on the map. Not that he is expecting a call to manage in the Premier League at any moment soon. “I would probably have to grow a lot bigger ego to manage there,” he says. “That said, I am yet to speak to anyone who has given me idea that it would be any different.” He is, however, reconciled that the best way to advance his career is by delivering success to the club he now runs. “There is talk about the Premier League being a bit of a closed shop to young British managers,” he says. “It seems you have to get promoted to get there. Look at people like Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe, that’s how they did it. Foreign seems to be the way now. If people are doing good jobs in League One, League Two, why do the big clubs look abroad? I don’t understand what the differences are now.” Though he is quick to add, this is not a come and get me plea. “I’m not saying anything the chairman doesn’t know. I would love the opportunity to move up but I am still just only over a year into this job realistically. I am enjoying it. But naturally, you want to go as high as you can. As a player I was fortunate enough to go from League Two to the Championship, with Rotherham, where we stayed four years and punched massively above our weight. Can I reproduce that as a manager or even better it? I’m not stupid, that is a massive dream. But I think you’ve got to be ambitious.” That ambition continues at the London Stadium on Tuesday. That will be the biggest test so far for the Paul Hurst Way.

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Over the New Year, a road sign appeared in the middle of the roundabout outside Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadows stadium. Put there by fans delighted by the transformation from relegation favourites to League One promotion contenders since the manager took over in October 2016, it reads simply “Paul Hurst Way”. At the club’s new training centre (paid for by a previous FA Cup encounter with Manchester United) the Paul Hurst way is in evidence everywhere. There is a neat efficiency about the place, a busy productivity that mirrors his approach. It was in evidence everywhere on the pitch during the FA Cup third round tie against West Ham, in which it was largely the excellence of the club’s old boy Joe Hart in the visitors’ goal that was responsible for taking the game to Tuesday night’s replay. “Without a doubt many people will think we missed an opportunity,” says Hurst of the first match. “Hand on heart I’d be one of those people. There was a feeling in the dressing room that the chance had been and gone. But you have to summon up the energy and belief to give it another go. We can’t go there with the mindset of, oh we’ve blown our chance. And I have seen it a few times when underdog teams have gone again and managed to pull off a victory. Though I admit I can’t think of an example offhand.” Hurst’s optimism is understandable. He has grown used to watching his side defy expectation. At the start of the season, one bookmaker installed them as relegation favourites. He printed out a copy of the odds and stuck it on the wall of the training ground canteen, a challenge to assumption. West Ham’s David Moyes will recognise after the goalless encounter in Shropshire that he is up against opposition whose confidence has grown steadily throughout a season of league success. Carlton Morris defends a West Ham United corner Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Yes, we didn’t cause the upset, but one thing that did surprise me was how little West Ham troubled us,” says Hurst. “We didn’t have to ride our luck. Maybe this time round might be case of woodwork coming on our side.” What he is hoping above all is that his players learn from the challenge of taking on a Premier League side and take from it lessons that could prove vital in the league campaign. “I look at Liverpool against Man City and Liverpool showed best way to go about stopping a team playing. In this game, you have joy from giving it a go. That’s what we did on the day. We were on the front foot. We’ll try and approach it in the same manner. I don’t have any different tactics home or away, you’re trying to win matches wherever you are. And the lads now know they’ve stared them in the eye. They’ll have a bit of confidence.” The 'Paul Hurst Way' sign Credit: GETTY IMAGES As will the manager. This is undoubtedly as much a shop window for him as it is for his players, a chance to prove he can cut it against the best, the opportunity to put the Paul Hurst Way on the map. Not that he is expecting a call to manage in the Premier League at any moment soon. “I would probably have to grow a lot bigger ego to manage there,” he says. “That said, I am yet to speak to anyone who has given me idea that it would be any different.” He is, however, reconciled that the best way to advance his career is by delivering success to the club he now runs. “There is talk about the Premier League being a bit of a closed shop to young British managers,” he says. “It seems you have to get promoted to get there. Look at people like Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe, that’s how they did it. Foreign seems to be the way now. If people are doing good jobs in League One, League Two, why do the big clubs look abroad? I don’t understand what the differences are now.” Though he is quick to add, this is not a come and get me plea. “I’m not saying anything the chairman doesn’t know. I would love the opportunity to move up but I am still just only over a year into this job realistically. I am enjoying it. But naturally, you want to go as high as you can. As a player I was fortunate enough to go from League Two to the Championship, with Rotherham, where we stayed four years and punched massively above our weight. Can I reproduce that as a manager or even better it? I’m not stupid, that is a massive dream. But I think you’ve got to be ambitious.” That ambition continues at the London Stadium on Tuesday. That will be the biggest test so far for the Paul Hurst Way.

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Over the New Year, a road sign appeared in the middle of the roundabout outside Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadows stadium. Put there by fans delighted by the transformation from relegation favourites to League One promotion contenders since the manager took over in October 2016, it reads simply “Paul Hurst Way”. At the club’s new training centre (paid for by a previous FA Cup encounter with Manchester United) the Paul Hurst way is in evidence everywhere. There is a neat efficiency about the place, a busy productivity that mirrors his approach. It was in evidence everywhere on the pitch during the FA Cup third round tie against West Ham, in which it was largely the excellence of the club’s old boy Joe Hart in the visitors’ goal that was responsible for taking the game to Tuesday night’s replay. “Without a doubt many people will think we missed an opportunity,” says Hurst of the first match. “Hand on heart I’d be one of those people. There was a feeling in the dressing room that the chance had been and gone. But you have to summon up the energy and belief to give it another go. We can’t go there with the mindset of, oh we’ve blown our chance. And I have seen it a few times when underdog teams have gone again and managed to pull off a victory. Though I admit I can’t think of an example offhand.” Hurst’s optimism is understandable. He has grown used to watching his side defy expectation. At the start of the season, one bookmaker installed them as relegation favourites. He printed out a copy of the odds and stuck it on the wall of the training ground canteen, a challenge to assumption. West Ham’s David Moyes will recognise after the goalless encounter in Shropshire that he is up against opposition whose confidence has grown steadily throughout a season of league success. Carlton Morris defends a West Ham United corner Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Yes, we didn’t cause the upset, but one thing that did surprise me was how little West Ham troubled us,” says Hurst. “We didn’t have to ride our luck. Maybe this time round might be case of woodwork coming on our side.” What he is hoping above all is that his players learn from the challenge of taking on a Premier League side and take from it lessons that could prove vital in the league campaign. “I look at Liverpool against Man City and Liverpool showed best way to go about stopping a team playing. In this game, you have joy from giving it a go. That’s what we did on the day. We were on the front foot. We’ll try and approach it in the same manner. I don’t have any different tactics home or away, you’re trying to win matches wherever you are. And the lads now know they’ve stared them in the eye. They’ll have a bit of confidence.” The 'Paul Hurst Way' sign Credit: GETTY IMAGES As will the manager. This is undoubtedly as much a shop window for him as it is for his players, a chance to prove he can cut it against the best, the opportunity to put the Paul Hurst Way on the map. Not that he is expecting a call to manage in the Premier League at any moment soon. “I would probably have to grow a lot bigger ego to manage there,” he says. “That said, I am yet to speak to anyone who has given me idea that it would be any different.” He is, however, reconciled that the best way to advance his career is by delivering success to the club he now runs. “There is talk about the Premier League being a bit of a closed shop to young British managers,” he says. “It seems you have to get promoted to get there. Look at people like Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe, that’s how they did it. Foreign seems to be the way now. If people are doing good jobs in League One, League Two, why do the big clubs look abroad? I don’t understand what the differences are now.” Though he is quick to add, this is not a come and get me plea. “I’m not saying anything the chairman doesn’t know. I would love the opportunity to move up but I am still just only over a year into this job realistically. I am enjoying it. But naturally, you want to go as high as you can. As a player I was fortunate enough to go from League Two to the Championship, with Rotherham, where we stayed four years and punched massively above our weight. Can I reproduce that as a manager or even better it? I’m not stupid, that is a massive dream. But I think you’ve got to be ambitious.” That ambition continues at the London Stadium on Tuesday. That will be the biggest test so far for the Paul Hurst Way.

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Shrewsbury Town have reason to be excited about the 'Paul Hurst Way'

Reece Oxford ready to make move permanent – providing Borussia Monchengladbach make offer of £15m

Reece Oxford, the West Ham defender, may yet get a permanent move to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach if the club are prepared to increase their offer to around £15 million for the teenager, with RB Leipzig also interested. Although Oxford’s progress on loan this season at Monchengladbach was initially slow, he finally broke into the first team in December before the winter break in Germany, starting their last three games against Freiburg, Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen. Monchengladbach have already offered around £8m for the England Under-20 player which has been rejected by West Ham. The 19-year-old, who made his West Ham debut aged 16, was recalled from Germany by his parent club after the New Year but has not figured under David Moyes having injured an ankle in his first training session back in England. The likelihood is that a decision will be made on his future once the FA Cup third-round replay against Shrewsbury Town has been played next Tuesday. The loan deal with Monchengladbach could also be resurrected if the clubs are unable to make an agreement on price with Oxford himself eager not to spend the rest of the season as a squad player at West Ham. Oxford has also attracted interest from RB Leipzig who have a good record of spotting value in young players and are currently fifth in the Bundesliga and in the Europa League knockout stages. The world-record fee for a defender of £75m paid by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk has underlined the value of an experienced and talented centre-back and previously Moyes has said that he would prefer to keep his best young players, including Oxford. West Ham would listen to offers for Diafra Sakho and Javier Hernandez in this window, and if they could raise money may look to make a permanent signing. There is an interest in the former Chelsea winger and forward Andre Schurrle, now at Borussia Dortmund, should they be able to make changes to the squad.

West Ham United manager David Moyes shouts instructions, during FA Cup, Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and West Ham United at Montgomery Waters Meadow, in Shrewsbury, England, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

West Ham United manager David Moyes shouts instructions, during FA Cup, Third Round match between Shrewsbury Town and West Ham United at Montgomery Waters Meadow, in Shrewsbury, England, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

FA Cup Roundup: Tottenham Hotspur Beats AFC Wimbledon, West Ham Draws Blank

In the final fixtures of the weekend in the third round of the FA Cup, there was the traditional giant killings, comebacks and top-tier domination that make the historic cup revered around the world.

Kicking off the day, League Two outfit Newport County provided a classic upset against the odds, defeating 1972 winners and Championship side Leeds United in a surprising last-gasp 2-1 victory at Rodney Parade.

Elsewhere, League One's Shrewsbury Town shared a spoil of the FA Cup heroics, earning a third-round replay against Premier League side West Ham with a 0-0 stalemate, despite doing enough to shock with a victory.

At Wembley Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur made easy work of struggling League One side AFC Wimbledon in a London derby, courtesy of a Harry Kane brace who continues his fine form in front of goal. Belgian center-half Jan Vertonghen made it 3-0 to ease the pressure on the home side after a resilient first half from the visitors.

In the final match of the day, cup holders Arsenal faced what they thought would be a routine trip to two-time FA Cup winners and manager-less Nottingham Forest, who currently occupy 14th place in the Championship.

Playing a second-string team, the Gunners expected an untested advance into the next stage of the tournament and become the first side to win four FA Cups in a five-year spell. However, Forest did not read the script and thumped the holders 4-2 with ten-men.

Eric Lichaj took the lead before Arsenal captain Per Merstacker equalized, before a spectacular second from a Lichaj chest and volley into the top corner before the break.

To round off the display, the impressive 18-year-old Ben Brereton rounded off the emphatic victory for the hosts' first victory against Premier League giants Arsenal at City Ground since 1996.

In controversial circumstances, Nottingham Forest ensured victory after a Danny Welbeck finish to ease the pressure in the last final minutes, with a second penalty which appeared to be a double kick from Kieran Dowell.

Back at Rodney Parade, a replay looked on the card for Newport County in the first match of the day, which the hosts would've been delighted with. However, the home crowd were in ecstasy one minute from time when Shawn McCoulsky's thumping header booked their place in the fourth round.

Gaetano Berardi's effort put the visitors ahead, but an own goal from Conor Shaughnessy's kept the League Two minnows in the tie. With the last-gasp goal, the Whites' misery was compounded when Samuel Saiz saw straight red in extra-time.

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 A pitch invader is restrained by security REUTERS/Andrew Yates TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 West Ham United's Joe Hart gestures at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 West Ham United manager David Moyes looks on REUTERS/Andrew Yates

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 West Ham United's Declan Rice in action with Shrewsbury Town’s Arthur Gnahoua REUTERS/Andrew Yates

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 West Ham United's Declan Rice in action with Shrewsbury Town’s Arthur Gnahoua REUTERS/Andrew Yates

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 Shrewsbury Town’s Arthur Gnahoua in action with West Ham United's Pedro Obiang REUTERS/Andrew Yates

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 West Ham United's Joe Hart gestures at the end of the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United - Montgomery Waters, Shrewsbury, Britain - January 7, 2018 West Ham United's Joe Hart gestures at the end of the match REUTERS/Andrew Yates

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Joe Hart prevented an FA Cup embarrassment for West Ham United on his return to Shrewsbury Town. Paul Hurst's promotion challengers created numerous chances to have become the second giantkillers of the day after Newport County from League Two beat Championship side Leeds United 2-1. But they were kept in it by their goalkeeper Hart, who started his career with the hosts and made two flying saves, while Jon Nolan wasted a golden chance at the death. Shrewsbury were handed a boost before the game with the news that goalkeeper Dean Henderson – on loan from Manchester United – had been given the chance to play after being prevented from figuring in the first two rounds. By contrast Hart seemed ill prepared on his return to his home town. Joe Hart helped secure a replay for West Ham against his former club Credit: Getty Images  Struggling to see in the glare of the sun, he was handed a baseball cap by a fan behind the goal – claiming to be someone called Jack Martin-Kenny on social media. And it was Hart who was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. James Bolton and Ben Godfrey both tried to convert Shaun Whalley's deep free kick at the far post after 27 minutes but Joe Hart smothered. Shrewsbury had another chance on 31 but Omar Beckles' 25-yard drive cleared Hart's bar by a foot. Hart was then forced into two crucial saves to stop his old club taking the lead. First Mat Sadler burst from the back and saw his left-foot drive beaten away, then Alex Rodman's low shot from a similar spot went the same way. Shrewsbury remained the more likely scorers into the second half, even remaining untroubled when they were down to 10 men for several minutes after Sadler went off to have his gashed head bandaged. West Ham manager David Moyes barks his instructions at New Meadow  Credit: Reuters  The League One side continued to make a mockery of the two division, 31-place gap between the teams well into the second period. Shrewsbury piled men forward and Rodman could only drill a bobbling effort straight at Hart when he perhaps should have crossed. Pinned back at times, West Ham were reduced to chasing the opposition and Pedro Obiang was outraged when he conceded a free kick for a foul on Jon Nolan some 40 yards from goal with five minutes to go. At the same time the Hammers faced disruption with Winston Reid forced off injured, to be replaced by Domingos Quina. From the resulting free kick swung in by Shaun Whalley, Shrewsbury wasted another chance of glory when Nolan blazed over from substitute Max Lowe pull back after Aristote Nsiala headed across goal and Josh Cullen was caught dawdling on the line. Shrewsbury broke away in time added on through Jon Nolan but after finding Lowe, the left back ran into trouble. The game ended goalless but it will West Ham who were the more relieved to have secured a replay.   3:58PM Dour day for West Ham It ends goalless. There will be a replay at London Stadium. pic.twitter.com/NhX0MyIESb— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 3:57PM Full time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham The Shrews deserve their replay at the London Stadium after an excellent performance, in which they outclassed Premier League opposition for long periods. West Ham were frankly dire, with another 90 minutes of football their punishment for being so completely unimaginative. 3:55PM 91+3 mins Shrewsbury so, so nearly go one on one after a great break from midfield, but Nolan can't get the final ball right and Payne gives away a free kick. 3:53PM 91+2 mins West Ham finally show some enterprise going forwards, forcing Shrewsbury onto the back foot. All they have to show for it so far is a Masuaku long throw into the box, however. 3:49PM 88 mins Final change for the Shrews, who are really going for it now. Shaun Whalley is replaced by young forward Arthur Gnahoua. 3:48PM 86 mins Chance to win it for Shrewsbury! A long free kick is pumped into the box and headed across goal by Aristotle Nsiala. Stefan Payne wins the ball in an unlikely position and squares to Jon Nolan, but he can only blast over the bar from close range. 3:46PM 85 mins Winston Reid is forced off after seemingly twisting his knee. Domingos Quina is on, forcing a reshuffle in the West Ham defence. 3:43PM 81 mins It's another substitution for Shrewsbury, with Carlton Morris coming off for striker Stefan Payne. 3:42PM 79 mins Pedro Obiang dribbles through a couple of tackles and fires through a crowd of Shrewsbury defenders, but he drags his shot across the goalmouth and out for a goal kick. David Moyes watches on from the sidelines, frustrated Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:40PM 77 mins West Ham's free kick comes to nothing after a lackadaisical delivery. Cullen is on the sidelines changing his bloody kit and definitely missing a front tooth, though it appears he wants to play on. 3:37PM 75 mins West Ham have a free kick 25 yards out after Ogogo accidentally boots Cullen in the face, leaving the young midfielder with a bleeding mouth and possibly a missing tooth. The Shrews make their first substitution of the match, Max Lowe coming on for Alex Rodman. 3:33PM 72 mins West Ham fans have their hearts in their mouths as Abu Ogogo makes a slaloming run into the box, eventually shooting straight at Joe Hart from a tight angle. 3:32PM 70 mins West Ham make a substitution, Javier Hernandez coming off for 20-year-old Spanish striker Toni Martinez. 3:29PM 67 mins Whalley gallops through the midfield and it looks as if Shrewsbury will go on the break, but Josh Cullen nicks the ball away belatedly. 3:24PM 62 mins Masuaku, seemingly the only West Ham player capable of initiating attacks at the moment, wins a corner for the Hammers. Shrewsbury clear. Set pieces have become a war of attrition at this point. Arthur Masuaku has been the one bright spark for West Ham Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:22PM 59 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a great chance for Whalley, with Declan Rice the only thing between the Shrews midfielder and a goal at the back post. West Ham win a free kick for a shove in the box, temporarily easing the pressure. 3:18PM 57 mins Arthur Masuaku gets a good ball into the box, but Dean Henderson is there to gather before it can find anyone in claret and blue. Sadler is back on with his head heavily bandaged. 3:17PM 55 mins Ten-man Shrewsbury have West Ham on the ropes, Carlton Morris and James Bolton playing a give-and-go to the right of the area before the latter smashes a vicious cross into the box. It's scrambled away in desperation, but not before a mix up on the ball sees the Shrews squander a great shooting opportunity. Shrewsbury have picked up where they left off in the first half Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 3:14PM 53 mins Meanwhile, Mat Sadler's head wound appears to have reopened. He's left the pitch to get stitches or staples, presumably. 3:13PM 51 mins West Ham squander a series of free kicks, thrown-ins and half-decent passing moves, but are struggling to create half chances at the moment, let alone chances. Pedro Obiang finds Andre Ayew with one ball into the box, but he can only direct another weak header at Dean Henderson. 3:08PM 46 mins Alex Rodman runs all through the West Ham defence and across the face of the box, but attempts to set up Shaun Whalley for the shot rather than taking it himself. The move fizzles out. It's an early warning for West Ham. 3:06PM Teams back out ... and the body language from the West Ham players is telling. They'll have to be less lethargic to get the better of this second half. 2:51PM Half time, Shrewsbury 0-0 West Ham It's indicative of West Ham's general shakiness that Shrewsbury get another chance before the end of the half, winning a corner after a mix up in defence and causing havoc in the box before the ball goes out for a goal kick. The Shrews have been by far the better side so far and West Ham fans will surely have that sinking feeling. David Moyes needs to re-energise his flagging team at half time or the upset is on. Shrewsbury have been well on top at New Meadow Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:48PM 45+1 mins Jon Nolan fizzes a shot past Joe Hart's near post from the edge of the box, capping a half in which Shrewsbury have looked far likelier to score than West Ham. 2:46PM 44 mins Godfrey wins a free kick almost on the halfway line, this after being brought down by two or three mistimed tackles. The delivery has 'goal at the death' written all over it, but it drifts too far wide of the danger zone. 2:43PM 42 mins Andre Ayew manages to get a low shot on target from a narrow angle, but there's no real venom in it and Dean Henderson collects. 2:43PM 41 mins Sadler launches a big free kick up for the swarming Shrews but West Ham clear. Shrewsbury are well on top here, largely dictating the tempo of the game. Shrewsbury have made West Ham uncomfortable so far Credit: Andrew Yates/Reuters 2:38PM 35 mins Joe Hart makes a great save first from Mat Sadler and then from Alex Rodman, as Shrewsbury suddenly up the tempo and threaten to roar into the lead. Sadler got in behind and saw his shot across the face of goal pushed out brilliantly by Hart, while Rodman stung the West Ham keeper's palms from outside the box. 2:36PM 34 mins The free kick comes to Obiang, who directs a weak header on target but straight at Shrews goalkeeper Dean Henderson. Meanwhile, Ayew and Sadler are back on. 2:34PM 31 mins Andre Ayew and Mat Sadler clash heads in the Shrewsbury half, leaving the former writhing on the floor and the latter bleeding from the head. Both are forced to leave the pitch for treatment. It'll be a West Ham free kick when play resumes. 2:32PM 30 mins Chance for Shrewsbury! Declan Rice clears straight to Omar Beckles on the edge of the West Ham area, before the Shrews defender shapes up and shoots just over the bar. 2:27PM 25 mins Referee Paul Tierney has a word with Pedro Obiang after he fouls Nolan in the middle of the park. Whalley's in-swinging delivery is a dangerous one and Joe Hart is forced to come out and smother the ball under pressure from Godfrey. Joe Hart, wearing his cap requisitioned from the travelling fans Credit: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images 2:23PM 21 mins West Ham win a free kick in Shrewsbury's final third, but Masuaku produces a fairly awful delivery which is easily cleared. 2:20PM 17 mins Javier Hernandez is down clutching his knee after a jarring clash with Shrews captain Abu Ogogo, who challenged him – fairly, mind – as he attempted to clear a loose ball. After a break in play it looks like Hernandez will be able to continue, which is good. 2:17PM 15 mins Shrewsbury win a corner after a long free kick from Shaun Whalley causes chaos in the box. West Ham struggle to clear their lines but eventually hack the ball away. The Shrews are giving as good as they get here. 2:14PM 10 mins Shrews midfielder Ben Godfrey makes a great break in the middle of the park, before Alex Rodman wins a free kick in a promising position outside the box. Jon Nolan's shot ricochets off the wall and out to safety. Meanwhile, Joe Hart is now shielding his eyes from the bright sun with a cap requisitioned from the West Ham fans. 2:10PM 8 mins Cheikhou Kouyate wins a corner for West Ham after good work from Masuaku. Carlton Morris clears at the near post but the ball is pumped back in for Kouyate, who sends a glancing header wide of the post. 2:06PM 5 mins It's been a scrappy opening spell which may well herald an old-school cup tie. Arthur Masuaku has made a few inroads down the left for West Ham, but other than that neither side have made much in attack. Arthur Masuaku is always a danger for West Ham Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images 2:01PM West Ham kick off Can you feel that? Yes, that's the magic of the cup flowing through your veins. 1:57PM Teams in the tunnel ... and Joe Hart prepares to lead his West Ham teammates out against his old club. Meanwhile, in the BBC, studio, all the talk is of a shock result for Shrewsbury (to the point where it might not actually be that much of a shock). 1:54PM Hurst fancies an upset "We hope so," Paul Hurst says when asked whether Shrewsbury can beat the Hammers. "We know we're going to have to be at our best. West Ham have put a strong team out, so I think they've given us that respect." 1:02PM Shrewsbury team news MATCHDAY: The Town side that takes on @WestHamUtd in the @EmiratesFACup this afternoon #saloppic.twitter.com/KZ2WnXU8Mz— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) January 7, 2018 1:00PM West Ham team news Joe Hart captains the team on his return to Shrewsbury! pic.twitter.com/waA71lLN4x— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 7, 2018 12:58PM Shrewsbury homecomings Though he may have ill-fated memories of facing Shrewsbury as a manager, David Moyes spent three years at the club as a player between 1987 and 1990. Meanwhile, out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart began his career with the Shrews, making 58 appearances before signing for Manchester City in 2006. He returns in unhappy circumstances, having been demoted to the West Ham bench in recent times. 12:50PM Match preview Having seen fellow Premier League strugglers Stoke beaten by lower-league opposition yesterday, West Ham fans will be desperate for their side to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend. While Stoke succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena – a result which cost manager Mark Hughes his job – West Ham travel to Shropshire today to take on Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews are currently second in League One and undefeated in eight matches, making them exactly the sort of team who could cause problems for an indifferent Premier League side. Even more worrying for West Ham supporters, David Moyes has expressed little enthusiasm for cup football in the run up to their third-round tie. Speaking in the midweek,  he said: "We can’t afford to damage our league season. If I thought I could win the FA Cup I would definitely try, but I would have to think twice if I thought it was going to affect our results in the Premier League." David Moyes doesn't have the luxury of making the FA Cup a priority Credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images West Ham are 15th in the top flight after something of an upturn in form since Moyes' arrival, but the Hammers are hardly invulnerable to disaster. Meanwhile, Moyes has already tasted FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury once in his managerial career, when in 2003 his nascent Everton side were beaten by the Shrews in the third round. A repeat of that result this afternoon would be a blow to fan morale at West Ham, even if Moyes might tacitly appreciate the chance to focus on the Premier League relegation battle. With wind back in their sails after a listless last few months under Slaven Bilic, however, it would be a waste to allow that momentum to dissipate in the face of the quietly confident Shrews. When he took over at New Meadow in October 2016, Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst inherited a team which were rock bottom of the third division. Having escaped relegation that season after finishing in the lower-mid table – a fate which Moyes would take in a heartbeat right now – Hurst will no doubt feel that his side are capable of upsetting the odds and making national headlines. Paul Hurst at New Meadow before kick off Credit: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

Shrewsbury Town 0 West Ham 0, FA Cup: Joe Hart denies his former club to force third-round replay  

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