English FA Cup Round-Up
Oldham Athletic, Coventry City, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town are all through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after upsetting English Premier League opposition.
League One side Oldham claimed a shock win at high-flying Everton, while Coventry stunned out-of-sorts Blackburn Rovers with a 4-1 win at Ewood Park. League One outfit Huddersfield, meanwhile, claimed a famous 2-1 win over Birmingham City.
Sheffield United progressed to the fourth round courtesy of an unlikely win at Bolton Wanderers, while non-league Havant & Waterlooville secured a replay with Swansea City.
On Sunday, EPL clubs Derby County, Fulham, Liverpool, and Newcastle United were all held to draws by lower division opposition.
FA Cup third round recap
Manchester United left it late before securing a 2-0 away win over EPL rivals Aston Villa. Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney scored late to help The Red Devils book their place in the fourth round.
Barnsley fought back from a goal down to claim a 2-1 victory over Blackpool, while Coventry City shocked Blackburn Rovers with a 4-1 win at Ewood Park. Malta international Michael Mifsud scored twice for the League Championship outfit. Bolton Wanderers also exited at the third round stage, as David Carney’s first-half goal gave Sheffield United a 1-0 win at The Reebok Stadium, while Mansfield Town won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion.
For a second straight season, Middlesbrough eliminated Bristol City from the FA Cup, with Gareth Southgate’s side coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at Ashton Gate, while on Sunday, Arsenal got goals from Eduardo da Silva and Nicolas Bendtner to see off League Championship hosts Burnley 2-0 at Turf Moor.
Charlton Athletic will replay with West Bromwich Albion after a 1-1 draw at The Valley on Saturday, while non-league Chasetown’s FA Cup dreams ended with a 3-1 home defeat to Cardiff City. FA Cup holders Chelsea defeated West London rivals Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, while Peterborough United won 3-1 at Colchester United.
On Sunday, Derby County needed goals from Kenny Miller and Giles Barnes to earn a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday and a replay at Hillsborough, but one of the headlines from Saturday was in-form EPL club Everton crashing out of FA Cup to League One club Oldham Athletic. Gary McDonald scored the only goal of the game with a superb finish from outside the box in first-half stoppage time at Goodison Park.
Another Sunday encounter ended in a four-goal stalemate, with Fulham facing a difficult replay on the road after David Healy and Danny Murphy helped The Cottagers to a 2-2 draw with League One side Bristol Rovers. Birmingham City, however, were not as fortunate against League One opposition, as Huddersfield Town claimed 2-1 home win on Saturday.
Portsmouth avoided an exit to lower division opposition, as David Nugent scored Pompey’s winner at ten-man Ipswich Town. Liverpool, however, were unable to follow their EPL rivals into the fourth round, as a John Arne Riise’s own-goal earned cash-strapped Luton Town a 1-1 draw and a replay at Anfield.
Norwich City also drew 1-1 with League Two club Bury, while Plymouth Argyle defeated Hull City 3-2. Preston North End edged past Scunthorpe United 1-0, while Southampton defeated League Championship rivals Leicester City 2-0, and Southend United saw off fellow Essex club Dagenham & Redbridge 5-2.
Sam Allardyce and Newcastle United survived their third-round tie at Stoke City. Despite creating some very good chances, Stoke had to settle for a goalless draw and a replay at St James’ Park. Sunderland, meanwhile, were poor defensively in a 3-0 home defeat to fellow EPL strugglers Wigan Athletic. Paul Scharner, Paul McShane, and David Cotterill scored the goals for Steve Bruce’s Latics.
Non-league Havant & Waterlooville earned a replay with Swansea City after a dramatic 1-1 draw in South Wales. Rocky Baptiste scored Havant & Waterlooville’s crucial equalizer with three minutes remaining at The Liberty Stadium. Swindon Town drew 1-1 with Barnet, while EPL sides Tottenham Hotspur and Reading will meet again after a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
Tranmere Rovers will replay with Hereford United after a 2-2 draw, as will League One clubs Walsall and Millwall following a 0-0 result. Watford saw off League Championship rivals Crystal Palace 2-0 at Vicarage Road, but nothing could separate West Ham United and Manchester City after a goalless draw at Upton Park. Finally, Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Cambridge United 2-1 at Molineux.