There were a host of FA Cup third round replays played on Tuesday night and the games certainly didn’t disappoint.
The biggest shock of the night came at the Stadium of Light were struggling Championship outfit Bolton defeated Premier League Sunderland 2-0.
The Trotters took the lead on 64 minutes. Darren Pratley was brought down in the penalty area by Jack Colback and striker Marvin Sordell fired home the resulting spot kick past Simon Mignolet in the Black Cats goal.
Sordell slotted home his and Wanderers second in the 73rd minute, after the Sunderland defence struggled to clear a Tyrone Mears cross. The victory set up a fourth round home tie with Premier League Everton.
QPR defeated Premier League rivals West Brom 1-0 at the Hawthorns. The only goal of the game came from Hoops striker Jay Bothroyd. However, it was QPR keeper Robert Green who was the hero of the night producing some top-class stops to deny the home side.
Stoke City defeated Crystal Palace 4-1 after extra-time at the Britannia Stadium. Midfielder Jonathan Walters atoned for his two own goals by scoring two in the right end in extra-time. Kenwyne Jones had fired the home side into the lead on 69 minutes, only to see his goal cancelled out by an 87th minute penalty from Palace’s prolific Glen Murray.
Walters scored his double before striker Cameron Jerome put the tarnish on a slightly harsh score line for the visitors. The Potters now face Manchester City in the fourth round.
Wigan avoided a shock by winning 1-0 at League One Bournemouth. The only goal of the game came after 18 minutes, Latics forgotten man Mauro Boselli producing a superb effort. Roberto Martinez’s side will now make the short trip to non-league Macclesfield in the fourth round.
Fulham were slightly fortunate to defeat Championship outfit Blackpool 2-1 after extra-time at Bloomfield Road. The Tangerines took the lead on 82 minutes, on-loan striker Nathan Delfouneso scoring from close-range.
Fulham’s equaliser arrived deep into stoppage-time. Former-Sunderland ace Kieran Richardson struck an effort from just outside the box that beat Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks all ends up. Fulham’s winner arrived in 116th minute.
Damien Duff’s corner from the right was headed home by Brede Hangeland, after a slight deflection. Fulham will now face either Manchester United or West Ham, with the pair set to face each other on Wednesday night.
Elsewhere, Leeds won 2-1 at Birmingham to set up a clash with Premier League Tottenham in the next round. The home side took the lead on 36 minutes through midfielder Wade Elliott. Leeds equalised with 20 minutes left on the clock, former-Cardiff star Ross McCormack with the goal. The winning strike arrived in the 76th minute through an El-Hadji Diouf penalty kick.
Brentford defeated Southend 2-1 at Griffin Park to set up a tie with London rivals Chelsea. Paul Hayes gave the home side the lead on 29 minutes, only for Barry Corr to head home an equaliser for Southend in the 69th minute.
Brentford had an incredible 30 shots on target in this clash and the winner arrived on 76 minutes, Clayton Donaldson’s low drive took a deft deflection and found a way past Paul Smith in the Southend goal.
League One MK Dons upset Championship side Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Stadium:MK. Shaun Williams opened the scoring for the home side in the 29th minute from the penalty spot and Dean Bowditch confirmed a home victory with a second goal in the 75th minute.
Hull City won 2-1 at Leyton Orient after extra-time. The Tigers took the lead on 41 minutes through a superb strike from Nick Proschwitz. Orient equalised late-on through a freakish effort from Dean Cox to send the game into extra-time.
With just three minutes left in extra-time Hull youngster Tom Cairney struck the winner from the edge of the penalty area. Hull now face Barnsley in the fourth round.
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