Tag: FA Cup 3rd Round

FA Cup: Spurs 4-2 Burnley

Tottenham survived leaking two early goals to ease past Burnley and into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Burnley raced into a 2-0 lead in seven minutes, Marvin Sordell breaking a 12-game duck and Ross Wallace’s free-kick deflecting heavily off Roberto Soldado.

Paulinho hit back for Spurs in the 10th minute, before Etienne Capoue levelled on the stroke of half-time.

Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose then struck after the break to secure Spurs a fourth-round home tie with Leicester on Saturday week.

Sam Vokes’ strike secured Burnley a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on January 5 to tee up this third-round replay, but the fit-again forward could not inspire anything nearing a repeat.

Spain hitman Soldado’s latest drought stretched to five games as the Spurs striker fired against the bar from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

The one-time Real Madrid man’s finishing jitters show no signs of abating, even though he provided two assists on the night.

The 29-year-old continues to graft away without whining, but his glaring miss only served to indicate just why 17-goal Harry Kane remains Spurs’ first-choice striker.

Sordell’s opener caught Tottenham cold, most notably Jan Vertonghen, as a darting long-ball bisected the Spurs central defence.

The former Bolton striker sauntered through and flicked an arcing volley past the helpless Vorm to hand Burnley the third-minute lead.

Just four minutes later Burnley were two to the good, with Tottenham again the architects of their undoing.

Wallace’s flimsy free-kick ricocheted off Soldado’s head, wrong-footed the once-more hapless Vorm and squirming into the net.

The breakneck opening took another twist when Paulinho dragged Spurs back into the contest in the 10th minute.

Soldado was able to atone for his unwitting assist for Burnley’s second goal by laying on Spurs’ first.

The former Valencia hitman flicked Andros Townsend’s cross perfectly into Paulinho’s path, and the 32-cap Brazil midfielder obliged with a spin and finish.

Burnley captain Michael Duff had to produce a sliding clearance to deny the lurking Soldado the chance to equalise, before Benjamin Stambouli fired over from 20 yards.

Stambouli then shot wide from the edge of the area as Spurs pressed again, while Trippier’s headed clearance denied Danny Rose a strike on goal.

Tottenham’s frustrations peaked when Soldado hit the bar from six yards.

Townsend’s low cross from a quickfire break had Tom Heaton beaten bar the tap-in, only for Soldado to miscue horribly.

Just when Spurs feared no more reward in the half however, up popped Capoue to level in time added on.

The France midfielder drove home from 18 yards after Paulinho had failed to connect with Ben Davies’ cross.

Chiriches headed Spurs into the lead just four minutes into the second-half, the defender making no mistake at the far post as Heaton flapped at Townsend’s corner.

Full-back Rose then cemented Spurs’ advantage by sliding Soldado’s pass home from close-range.

Nacer Chadli injected extra pace off the bench as Spurs maintained control, while Soldado dragged a shot wide from 20 yards then had another effort easily saved by Heaton.

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FA Cup: Ipswich 0-1 Southampton

Long takes Saints through

Southampton may have failed to reach the heights of Sunday’s win at Old Trafford, but Ronald Koeman’s side never looked in any real danger of losing their FA Cup third-round replay at Ipswich.

Basking in the afterglow of their memorable 1-0 win against Manchester United, Saints arrived in Suffolk looking to avoid looking another cup exit to lower-level opposition.

The Premier League high flyers were last month embarrassed in the Capital Cup quarter-finals by third-tier Sheffield United, but they did not slip up against the Championship promotion chasers as Shane Long’s first-half strike saw them through 1-0 victors.

It was a far cry from the quick Ipswich start that had those inside a packed-out Portman Road crowd – and millions watching on terrestrial TV – believing an upset could be on the cards, with Stephen Hunt finding the net early on.

However, the veteran Town midfielder’s effort was chalked off for offside and Mick McCarthy’s promotion chasers managed just one other shot on Fraser Forster’s goal.

Saints were pragmatic rather than pretty, though, with the decisive goal coming after 19 minutes when Long reacted quickly to produce a lovely finish after James Ward-Prowse was tackled.

The much-changed visitors failed to create many more clear-cut chances but were able to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games, setting up a fourth-round clash with former manager Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side.

The only negative on the night was the hamstring injury sustained by Victor Wanyama – a particular concern following the pre-match news that fellow defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin faces up to three weeks out with an adductor strain.

The France international was one of five alterations to the win at United and perhaps those changes were behind the Premier League side’s slow start – one which Ipswich thought they had capitalised on.

With less than five minutes on the clock, Hunt raced onto a Kevin Bru through ball and beat Forster, only for the offside flag to bring the Irishman’s celebrations to a halt.

That let-off gave Saints’ defence a jolt but those in front of them struggled to find any coherence, with a wayward Wanyama effort from distance all they could muster until the 19th minute.

Neat team play and a clever turn saw Ward-Prowse through on goal. Ipswich captain Luke Chambers produced a wonderful challenge to deny the England Under-21s midfielder, only for the ball to fall for Long to fire home an impressive first-time strike.

Wanyama and Ward-Prowse had efforts of differing quality from distance as they attempted to add to the opener, while Long twice bore down on former Southampton goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Dusan Tadic saw a goalbound shot blocked as the first half entered stoppage time – a period in which the visitors key man Wanyama sustained a game-ending hamstring injury.

Things could have got even worse for Saints after their former striker David McGoldrick got free, but he could only fire into the side-netting.

Long continued to prove a nuisance when play resumed after half-time, when Town at last began to make an attacking imprint.

Substitute Tyrone Mings, another with Southampton links, provided a fine cross which Darren Ambrose directed goalwards – the Tractor Boys’ only shot on target – while a dangerous cross from the bandaged Daryl Murphy called Jose Fonte into action

Ipswich were now enjoying more possession but too often the final ball let them down, with Saints skipper Fonte helping his team keep firm at the back.

As the clock wound down Bru failed to find the target, as did substitute Graziano Pelle at the other end, and Saints progressed.

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FA Cup: Bradford 4-0 Millwall

League One Bradford City secured an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Chelsea after an impressive win over 10-man Millwall.

City, League Cup finalists in 2013, dominated their Championship opponents, scoring three goals in the first half after defender Mark Beevers sent off.

James Hanson headed in the opener before Jon Stead poked in and Andy Halliday tapped home before half-time.

Millwall rarely threatened, with Martyn Woolford shooting wide before Billy Knott lashed in a fourth.

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FA Cup: Wolves 3-3 Fulham

Hugo Rodallega’s kick earned Fulham a dramatic FA Cup penalty shootout win and a fourth-round trip to Sunderland.

On a night tinged with sadness for Wolves following the death of former owner Sir Jack Hayward, Cauley Woodrow headed Fulham in front.

Dave Edwards and Rajiv van La Parra scored for Wolves before Woodrow forced extra time.

Edwards gave Wolves an extra-time lead, but Ross McCormack’s last-minute penalty took the tie to spot kicks.

Fulham converted all five in the shootout to secure a fourth-round trip to Sunderland, as Matt Doherty missed Wolves’ second kick.

On a freezing cold night at Molineux, which deteriorated into a fierce snow storm in extra time, Fulham had the better of the opening half.

They were finally rewarded for their early pressure when Konstantinos Stafylidis sent a left-wing cross into the box that was met by the unmarked Woodrow.

Moussa Dembele could have put the visitors almost out of sight before the break when the Frenchman rounded Carl Ikeme only to miss the target.

Boosted by the double substitution of Edwards and Nouha Dicko, Wolves were transformed after the break.

Dicko was close to giving the hosts the perfect start to the second half but his tightly angled shot hit the side netting.

Wolves twice hit the woodwork through Doherty’s header and Dicko’s fierce shot before drawing level in the 71st minute.

A clever ball from Iorfa allowed Edwards clean through to spark a burst of three goals in five minutes.

Van La Parra put Wolves ahead from Kevin McDonald’s superb through-ball but Fulham quickly made it level again through Woodrow, who tapped home Dembele’s rebound to book an extra half-hour.

McDonald almost put Wolves in front again when he unleashed a shot from long range in extra time which forced Marcus Bettinelli to save.

With snow falling thickly, Edwards put Wolves back in front with a neat near-post finish three minutes into the second half of extra time.

But there was more drama to come in the final minute when Lee Evans handled and McCormack levelled from the spot – before the contest was settled on penalties.

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FA Cup: West Ham 2-2 Everton

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian scored the winning penalty as his side beat Everton in a thrilling FA Cup tie

Enner Valencia put the hosts ahead when he collected Andy Carroll’s pass and shot past away goalkeeper Joel Robles.

Everton had Aiden McGeady sent off for two bookable offences, but equalised with Kevin Mirallas’s free-kick.

Romelu Lukaku put the Toffees in front after Mirallas’s fine run, but Carlton Cole’s close-range finish took the game to penalties, where West Ham won 9-8.

After it finished 2-2 at the end of extra-time in an amazing match, the third-round replay went to a shootout.

Everton’s Steven Naismith had his penalty saved and Stewart Downing had a chance to win it for the hosts, but Robles saved his effort.

However, the Spanish goalkeeper then hit the crossbar with his attempt before Adrian threw off his goalkeeping gloves and calmly converted the 20th penalty to set up a fourth-round tie with Bristol City.

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FA Cup: Chesterfield 2-0 Scunthorpe

Sam Clucas struck twice in extra time as Chesterfield overcame Scunthorpe United to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 18 years.

The Spireites found visiting keeper Sam Slocombe in superb form and he denied Eoin Doyle twice in the first half.

Paddy Madden fired a shot just wide for the Iron, but when an extra 30 minutes was needed, midfielder Clucas turned in a low cross before settling the replay.

He curled a second from distance to set up a fourth-round trip to Derby County.

The last time Chesterfield qualified for round four, they famously went on to the semi-final stage in 1997, eventually losing to Middlesbrough.

The Spireites’ FA Cup run has already been dramatic in 2014-15, after their second round win over MK Dons was ordered to be replayed when it was discovered they had fielded an ineligible player.

But Paul Cook’s side, in seventh position and nine places above Scunthorpe in League One, have proved resilient in recent weeks and extended their unbeaten run to seven games to set up a short 28-mile trip to Derby County on 24 January.

In doing so, they ended Scunthorpe’s 11-game unbeaten run which stretched back to October and but for Slocombe’s heroics, would have sealed the match in normal time.

After thwarting Doyle brilliantly early on with a diving save, he produced a string of saves in normal time while his side threatened sporadically as they improved after the hour.

Substitute Terry Hawkridge went close for them in extra time when his bouncing volley needed a smart save from Tommy Lee, but moments after Armand Gnanduillet wasted an opening for the home side, Clucas made his mark.

He pounced at the back post to tap home at the end of a neat move and when Tendayi Darikwa produced a moment of quality on the wing, his delivery eventually fell at the feet of Clucas, who fired a bending effort home.

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FA Cup: Bristol City 2-0 Doncaster

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck twice to secure League One side Bristol City a televised FA Cup fourth-round home tie against West Ham.

The forward nodded in the first-half opener from close range after keeper Marko Marosi denied Aden Flint.

James Coppinger’s shot was cleared off the line for Doncaster, who pushed hard after the interval.

But Emmanuel-Thomas ran half the length of the pitch to score a second on the break with a cool finish.

Bristol City, knocked off the top of League One by Swindon’s win at Coventry on Monday, deserved their victory despite Doncaster’s second-half efforts.

On-loan Fulham forward Matt Smith – who went into the game on a run of nine goals in five matches – nodded an early chance wide before Flint headed over when unmarked from Marlon Pack’s corner.

Flint made amends by playing a part as Steve Cotterill’s side took the lead, though, with a header that Marosi pushed out before Emmanuel-Thomas scrambled in the loose ball.

Slovakia Under-21 international Marosi – making his first senior start after Manchester United recalled Sam Johnstone to send him out on loan to Preston – then had a lucky escape when his clearance hit Smith’s back, but the ball drifted wide.

Doncaster, mid-table in League One, threw on strikers Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson in a bid to save the game, but Emmanuel-Thomas snuffed out any hopes of a comeback.

West Ham needed a penalty shootout to defeat Everton.

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FA Cup: Everton 1-1 West Ham

Romelu Lukaku earns replay for Everton against West Ham with late leveller.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s added-time equaliser in the FA Cup tie against West Ham eased some of the mounting pressure on his manager Roberto Martinez.

The Belgium striker’s smart turn and finish – his fourth goal in as many matches for the Toffees against the Hammers – earned a 1-1 draw and at the very least postponed another inquest into what is going wrong at Goodison Park.

Lukaku’s first in seven matches ended a four-game losing streak and ensured they live to fight another day in the competition after James Collins’ 56th-minute header had exposed the Toffees’ defensive Achilles heel – only QPR have conceded more in the Premier League this season.

West Ham were on the verge of their first victory in 15 attempts since 2007 against their perennial bogey side.

Everton’s current figures do not make for much better reading. They have won just once in the last 10 matches and their last clean sheet came against Europa League opponents Wolfsburg in late November immediately prior to their current slump.

The goal was the least Lukaku, in his first start in three matches, deserved.

It looked like the rest had done him some good as he twice forced Adrian to fumble shots, the West Ham goalkeeper recovering once to deny Kevin Mirallas on the rebound and then being bailed out by Winston Reid.

The Belgium striker also rolled an effort wide of the far post after he was picked out in the inside-left channel by an eye-of-the-needle pass from Ross Barkley, who appeared to lurch from brilliant to dreadful and back again in the first half.

Lukaku has been criticised for not playing like a B£28million striker but he was offering plenty to the team, with his brilliant ball over the top picking out Steven Naismith, who shot from such a narrow angle it beat Adrian but eventually rolled out for a throw.

Seamus Coleman, who just failed to connect at the far post, and Mirallas both had efforts before Barkley showed the best and worst bits of his game as a 60-yard drive at the West Ham defence ended with him passing tamely into the path of Reid as he tried to pick out Lukaku.

The visitors were not without their chances with Stewart Downing, who drifted effectively across the pitch, forcing Joel Robles to tip over and Morgan Amalfitano firing wide.

Everton’s opportunities began to dry up in the second half as, for all Lukaku’s good early play, the side were lacking runners to get beyond him.

The visitors sensed their chance and after defender Carl Jenkinson had driven through the left of Everton’s defence, only to be denied by a good, low near-post save by Robles, they took the lead.

Sylvain Distin, whose scalp did just enough to divert wide Downing’s drive, was partly to blame after losing Collins at the resulting corner but the Wales defender was still allowed to get between Naismith and Muhamed Besic to head in at the near post.

Robles, deputising for the injured Tim Howard with his own position under threat, reacted well to tip over Enner Valencia’s header while Lukaku’s own header was ruled out at the other end as he had climbed all over Aaron Cresswell to get to the ball.

Martinez had labelled the match as the most important of their season so the significance of Lukaku pouncing on Bryan Oviedo’s cross late on could not be underestimated.

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FA Cup: Scunthorpe 2-2 Chesterfield

Jay O’Shea grabbed a late equaliser as Chesterfield battled back to earn an FA Cup replay against Scunthorpe.

The Iron led thanks to on-loan Chelsea defender Alex Davey’s first senior goal and it was 2-0 just before the break when Lyle Taylor ran through to net after a Ritchie Humphreys error.

Eoin Doyle’s penalty – his 22nd goal this season – gave the visitors hope.

And O’Shea struck to make it 2-2 from a Gary Roberts cross to earn a replay.

The Spireites, who had to beat MK Dons twice because of an administrative error to reach this stage, showed great spirit to finally break stubborn home resistance and find a way past inspired home keeper Sam Slocombe.

After Davey smashed in a superb opener from the edge of the box, Slocombe made fine saves from Doyle and Armand Gnanduillet to keep the hosts ahead.

But a careless back header by Humphreys gifted Scunthorpe a second goal, Taylor showing great composure to run through and beat Tommy Lee.

Chesterfield continued to have the upper hand after the interval, forcing more heroics from Slocombe, who denied Gnanduillet, Sam Clucas and Roberts.

However, Doyle struck from the penalty spot after Roberts was fouled to make it 2-1.

Then, with five minutes left, O’Shea converted Roberts’ cross from 10 yards to ensure both sides can still reach the fourth round, where a tie at Championship side Derby County awaits.

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FA Cup: Wimbledon 1-2 Liverpool

Steven Gerrard scored twice as Liverpool avoided an FA Cup third-round scare against League Two AFC Wimbledon.

Gerrard, playing his first game since announcing he would leave in the summer to play in the United States, illustrated the hole he will leave behind.

Liverpool’s captain, who will celebrate his 35th birthday on FA Cup final day on 30 May, headed them in front, then came to their aid, as he has done so often, when they slumped into trouble.

Adebayo Akinfenwa’s equaliser revived memories of the original Wimbledon’s FA Cup final win against Liverpool at Wembley in 1988 – until Gerrard stepped in to restore order with a superb trademark free-kick just after the hour.

It helped to steady Liverpool, whose defence had looked horribly vulnerable under pressure from Neal Ardley’s side, who are currently 12th in League Two.

Irrespective of the outcome, this FA Cup night was a credit to the rebirth of AFC Wimbledon, who started life in the Combined Counties League in 2002 and went through five promotions before returning to the Football League in 2011.

But AFC Wimbledon – like so many teams before them since Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 – discovered that this is the player who can be relied upon to help the Reds through moments of adversity.

This was another example as he took his Liverpool tally to 182 goals in 696 appearances for the club.

Gerrard took the applause of the visiting fans, waiting to acclaim him followings news of his impending departure, before the game and was able to calm their early nerves with a goal after Sean Rigg had almost given AFC Wimbledon a shock lead with a shot across the face of goal.

Gerrard timed his arrival in the area perfectly in the 12th minute to meet Javier Manquillo’s cross and direct a low header beyond keeper James Shea into the bottom corner.

Liverpool then enjoyed a period of relatively control but, as has happened so often this season, they were undone by the vulnerability of their defence and the uncertainty of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian keeper did well to turn over from 10 yards as Rigg threatened again but the weakness in Liverpool’s rearguard was exposed when a long kick from Shea found its way through to the feet of Matt Tubbs, who pulled a poor finish across the face of goal.

AFC Wimbledon’s confidence and threat was growing and it resulted in an equaliser nine minutes before the break.

Mignolet missed George Francomb’s corner, Mamadou Sakho bundled the ball on to his own bar and Akinfenwa was the first to react to poke in from six yards.

Gerrard came to Liverpool’s rescue in the opening moments of the second half when he cleared off the line from Adam Barrett as AFC Wimbledon picked up where they had left off.

And when Liverpool needed inspiration at the other end, Gerrard provided it with a superb free-kick that was in from the moment it left his foot curled beyond the reach of the despairing Shea.

Gerrard was denied a hat-trick by a stoppage-time goalline clearance from Callum Kennedy as Liverpool secured a home tie against Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round.

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