FA Cup Fourth Round: Round-up

Lincoln City reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, after they came from behind to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 on Saturday.

The non-league club fell behind in the first half against Championship high-flyers Brighton, before three second-half goals ensured an historic result at Sincil Bank.

The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute with a goal from Richie Towell, before the game was turned on its head in the second half.

Alan Power equalised for the National League leaders from the penalty spot, before a Fikayo Tomori own goal gave Lincoln a shock lead.

Theo Robinson, who scored twice against Ipswich in the previous round, completed the giant-killing in the 85th minute.

One of the biggest shocks of the day came at Anfield where Liverpool fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Championship strugglers Wolves.

Wolves took the lead in the first minute when Richard Stearman headed past Loris Karius from a free-kick.

The Championship club doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time after Andreas Weimann took the ball around Karius to score.

Divock Origi halved the deficit in the 85th minute with a tap in from close range, but it was too little too late, as Jurgen Klopp’s men suffered their second cup exit in three days.

Tottenham left it late to overcome a stubborn Wycombe side, as they survived falling behind twice to win an eventful encounter 4-3.

Wycombe took a surprise 2-0 lead into the interval courtesy of goals from captain Paul Hayes, the first a smart volley and the second from the penalty spot.

Spurs fought back to equalise through Son Heung-Min and a Vincent Janssen penalty, before Wycombe looked to have won the tie when 36-year-old substitute Garry Thompson struck in the 83rd minute.

However, Dele Alli levelled in the 89th minute, before Son scored his second in the seventh minute of added time to break Wycombe’s hearts.

League One Oxford scored three times in the second-half to eliminate Championship leaders Newcastle United. After a goalless first half, Kane Hemmings, Curtis Nelson and Toni Martinez secured Oxford’s passage to the fifth round for the first time in 23 years.

Theo Walcott bagged a hat-trick as Arsenal hammered Southampton 5-0. Danny Welbeck also scored twice on his long-awaited return from injury.

Crystal Palace joined fellow Premier League side Southampton in departing the competition, as they  suffered a 3-0 reverse at home to Manchester City.

Chelsea made light work of Championship side Brentford as they cruised to a 4-0 victory, with Michy Batshuayi scoring twice.

Wes Morgan’s late header salvaged a draw for Premier League champions Leicester, as they drew 2-2 with Derby. The Championship club had fought back from a goal down to lead before Morgan’s goal forced a replay.

Elsewhere, Sean Dyche’s Burnley beat out-of-form Bristol City 2-0, while Rochdale lost 4-0 at home to Huddersfield.

Blackburn scored twice to see off League Two Blackpool, while there was no shock to be had on Teesside, as Middlesbrough won 1-0 at home to Accrington.

FA Cup Third Round: Round-up

Liverpool were held to a surprise 0-0 draw by League Two side Plymouth Argyle in Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie.

Manager Jurgen Klopp selected the youngest starting line-up in Liverpool’s history, with the average age of the starters at 21 years and 296 days.

The hosts were frustrated by Argyle, who put in a dogged display, blocked 14 of Liverpool’s 28 shots and made countless other clearances to keep their illustrious opponents at bay.

It means that the teams will head to Plymouth for a replay in just over a week’s time, adding one more match to an already hectic January schedule for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

The two sides will meet again at Home Park on Wednesday January 18.

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s joint all-time leading scorer, as they made light work of Championship side Reading, winning 4-0 on Saturday.

Rooney scored his 249th Manchester United goal to go level with Sir Bobby Charlton, before Anthony Martial doubled the lead before half-time.

Marcus Rashford then ended his 18-match scoring drought, before seizing on a horrible error by Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to book United’s place in the fourth round.

Manchester City cruised to a comfortable 5-0 victory against an out-of-sorts West Ham side on Friday night.

The London side were way off the pace as they continue to struggle at their new London Stadium home.

The game was effectively over as a contest before half-time, thanks to goals from Yaya Toure, Havard Nordveit (OG) and David Silva.

Sergio Aguero made it 4-0 in the second half, before John Stones scored his first Manchester City goal to wrap up the win.

Premier League leaders Chelsea are through to the fourth round after comfortably beating League One side Peterborough at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro scored twice in a 4-1 win for the hosts, who had returning captain John Terry sent off in the second half.

Arsenal survived a scare before going on to beat Championship side Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale.

The home side took the lead in the 7th minute through Callum Robinson, before goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud spared the Gunners’ blushes.

Tottenham are also through to Monday’s fourth round draw after defeating Championship side Aston Villa.

Ben Davies and Son Heung-Min scored the goals as Spurs won an otherwise uneventful encounter.

Six Premier League sides were eliminated at the third-round stage. Everton lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City, whilst Bournemouth lost away at third-tier Millwall in what was perhaps the biggest upset of the weekend.

Swansea lost away at relegation rivals Hull, and Stoke and West Brom also join West Ham in departing the competition, after losing at home to Championship sides Wolves and Derby respectively.

Elsewhere, Watford are through after beating Burton 2-0, while Middlesbrough beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. Sunderland and Burnley face a replay after drawing 0-0, while Crystal Palace and Southampton also play again after drawing against Bolton and Norwich.

Lincoln City and Sutton United are the only two remaining non-league sides remaining in this year’s competition, however both sides must negotiate replays if they are to make the fourth round.

Lincoln drew 2-2 away at Championship side Ipswich, while Sutton drew 0-0 at home to AFC Wimbledon of League One.

Sixth-tier Sutton are the lowest-ranked team left in the draw after seventh-tier Stourbridge succumbed to Wycombe, while Conference sides Barrow and Eastleigh also bowed out, losing to Rochdale and Brentford respectively.

Championship leaders Brighton beat MK Dons 2-0, while second-placed Newcastle drew 1-1 at Birmingham. Fellow Championship sides Fulham, Blackburn and Wigan are through after beating Cardiff, QPR and Nottingham Forest respectively.

League One sides Huddersfield and Oxford are through after seeing off Port Vale and Rotherham respectively, while League Two Accrington are the lowest-ranked side definitely through to the fourth round, after beating Luton 2-1.

Blackpool and Barnsley require a replay after drawing 0-0, as do Bristol City and Fleetwood, who also ended goalless.

Premier League Round-Up: Vardy treble downs disappointing City

Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought in style on Saturday, scoring a hat-trick as he helped Leicester earn a 4-2 win over Manchester City.

The Foxes were 2-0 up after just five minutes, with Vardy scoring his first in the third minute, before Andy King’s wonderful strike  doubled the lead just two minutes later.

Vardy scored again to make it 3-0 at the break, and he completed his hat-trick in the 78th minute.

Pep Guardiola’s side did get on the scoresheet, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Noltio both scoring consolation goals in the final ten minutes. Continue reading

Premier League Round-Up: Aguëro sees red as Chelsea march on

Chelsea triumphed over Manchester City in their top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Blues responded well to going a goal behind, coming back to win 3-1, and ensuring that Antonio Conte’s men won for the seventh successive Premier League game.

City started well, and they thought they were ahead in the 20th minute when Fernandinho planted a header past Claudio Bravo, but it was rightly ruled out for offside. City did take a one-goal lead into half-time when Gary Cahill could only clear the ball past his own keeper on the stroke of half-time.

Chelsea seized control of the game after the break, with Diego Costa levelling the scores in the 60th minute, before Willian gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes later. Eden Hazard scored a third to seal the win in the 90th minute, but the drama was not over there. Sergio Aguëro saw red for an awful tackle on David Luiz, while Fernandinho was also dismissed for his role in the subsequent scuffle, to further dampen City’s day. Continue reading