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Didier Drogba's farewell tour continues with another goal and Man of the Match performance against Shrewsbury Town

Laurence Griffiths

Minutes played90
Fouls drawn4
Not bad for our third choice striker to be scoring his third goal in three matches.  Not bad at all.  At this point, he's already justified Mourinho's decision to bring him back, and we're only into November.

Wait, November?  Dun-dun-DUN...

The story goes that Drogba stayed a good 30 minutes after the game as fan service, signing shirts and hobnobbing with the locals.  That's what happens when you're a living legend of the modern game.

2. WILLIAN - AM 7.6
Minutes played10
Fouls drawn1
Not quite legendary status -- unless we're talking songs -- for the hardest working attacking midfielder not named Oscar in all the land, but he sure showed up Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle in his 10 minutes of work, matching Salah's scoring output with an assist and exceeding Schurrle's effectiveness with just a fraction of the German's out-of-form touches.

In fairness, Salah was our only attacking midfielder not named Oscar who was showing some actual purpose in the first half, and both starters were involved in the build-up to Drogba's goal (Salah getting the primary, Schurrle the secondary assist).  While right now Willian seems to have established a firm grip on the third and final spot in our attacking midfield band, we're barely a quarter of the way into the season and a lot can happen between now and May.

Minutes played90
With both Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic suspended for this one -- hey, remember when full back depth was a burden, rather than a blessing? -- Kasmirski made his third straight start and continued to show off both his attacking and 1-v-1 defending instincts.  The former was especially important in the first half, where our dual inverted winger (and emergency rookie right back) setup put all the burden of generating width on the left back, while the latter helped out a very young and very Cahillish back line.

With both early-season starters Azpi and Bane ready to return, it'll be interesting to see whether Filipe Luis has managed to gain any ground on either of them and given Mourinho some of those selection headaches that he so loves, apparently.

Cech (7.2), Zouma (6.5), Cahill (6.8), Christensen (7.3), Mikel (5.7), Ake (7.2), Schurrle (5.4), Oscar (7.2), Salah (5.9)

Matic (7.0), Willian (7.6), Hazard (7.0)


2014/15 Player Ratings - Shrewsbury A

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