The beauty of chaos is that it usually brings opportunity. With injury and illness taking their strain, Dan N’Lundulu struck to help Southampton into an FA Cup fourth round meeting with Arsenal on Saturday with his first goal for the club on his full debut before James Ward-Prowse sealed victory with a peach of a free-kick to deflate a spirited Shrewsbury Town of League One. For absent manager Steve Cotterill, watching on in hospital after spending last weekend in intensive care with coronavirus, it was a performance that would have filled him with pride.
N’Lundulu had impressed in Premier League cameos in recent weeks and took his goal superbly, skipping away from Scott Golbourne before powering in. Danny Ings, who has hit an impasse in contract negotiations over extending his Southampton stay, was among nine first-team players missing.