STOKE CITY are 'heading' for the third round of the Carling Cup . . . after goals from Jon Walters and Tuncay clinched them their first victory of the season at the expense of Shrewsbury Town at the Britannia Stadium.
New signing Walters and Turkish international Tuncay both scored with neat headers in the first half to put City in the driving seat and they had the chances to put the tie beyond Shrewsbury's reach either side of half time.
But Graham Turner's side, who produced a remarkable fightback to beat Charlton Athletic 4-3 in the first round, gave the Potters some uneasy moments after Steve Leslie popped up to head home at the far post in the 77th minute.
Tony Pulis' side managed to hang on in the closing stages and now go into Saturday's draw for the third round of the competition.
Pulis made his intentions clear by naming a strong line-up and handing Carlo Nash his first start since he returned to the club in the summer.
Shrewsbury were missing a number of key players, including Matt Harrold the hero of the previous round, but they soaked up any early pressure.
It wasn't until the eleventh minute when Tuncay produced a burst into the box that the Potters produced a first real threat, but although he twisted and turned into a good position, his shot was deflected behind for a corner.
That heralded a period in which City exerted a considerable amount of pressure that would eventually lead to them going in front.
Etherington and Tuncay linked up well to provide an opening for Michael Tonge to unleash a long range drive which Chris Neal saved comfortably.
But in the 27th minute, the deadlock was broken when Etherington delivered a cross from the left and Walters stooped to send his header past Neal. There was certainly no question on this occasion that the ball had crossed the line.
There was another scare for Shrewsbury moments later when Tonge slipped the ball through to Tuncay, but he was adjudged to be in an offside position as he attempted a shot at goal which rolled harmlessly wide of the target.
But Tuncay was not to be denied in the 37th minute and once again Etherington was the provider with a pinpoint left wing cross from which the Turkish international planted his firm header beyond the reach of the diving Neal.
Shrewsbury were in danger of going further behind and it took the agility of Neal to prevent Tuncay scoring again with a long range effort.
City continued to carve out openings after the break and Danny Pugh was the next to go close to a third goal with a header that was saved by Neal, before the midfielder fired a left foot shot wide of the target from the edge of the box.
A neat build-up from the Potters opened the way for Tonge to try his luck from the edge of the box but he rolled his effort wide of the post.
Shrewsbury weren't giving up without a fight and stringing together one or two promising moves Leslie tested out Nash with a powerful long range drive which forced the 'keeper to move smartly to his right to make the save.
There was another anxious moment in the 77th minute when David Raven overlapping down the right fired over a cross that Nash fumbled at first, but he managed to gather it at the second attempt with Leslie on hand to pounce.
And the League Two side were given a glimmer of hope a minute later when a lapse in concentration by Ryan Shawcross allowed Leslie to nip in and head home at the far post after Craig Disley had sent over a cross from the left hand side.
City should have restored their two-goal advantage in the 84th minute when substitute Ricardo Fuller sent Walters clear, and as Neal advanced off his line, he appeared to have timed his chip perfectly only to see it drift wide.