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Magic of the FA Cup sees Third Round upsets

Magic of the FA Cup sees more upsets coming from the Third Round stage of the world’s oldest national football competition.

It came following on from the win at Chorley, who came out victorious by two goals to nil against a Covid-stricken Derby County.

All afternoon it looked as though we would see some sort of shock on the cards and that is certainly what happened at Blackburn Rovers with league below Doncaster Rovers coming away with 1-0 win.

On first viewing, it looked to be a fizzing strike from Doncaster’s loanee striker Taylor Richards which then streaks into the bottom corner.

The replay showed that Blackburn goalkeeper Aynsley Pears should have done a lot better with the ball flying through his gloves.

They managed to hold onto the win and seal a place into the Fourth and Fifth Round draw of the FA Cup, which can been viewed as the ties come out on this site.

League One outfit Milton Keynes Dons tried hard to cause a shock, taking Sean Dyche’s Burnley to extra time.

The opening goal came on the 31st minute, against the run of play. A great delivery from the left, a cute flick on from Scott Fraser and Cameron Jerome, all 34 years of him, is on hand to nod home.

With what surely had to be the last kick of the game, Matej Vydra slid in at the far post and poked home to add an extra 30 minutes onto the tie.

However there was nothing more that happened in extra times and penalties it was to settle the tie, with Burnley going on to win 4-2.

Another that went into extra time was Blackpool of League One against Premier League strugglers West Brom with the scoreline at 2-2 come the end of 120 minutes.

It was on the 41st minute that the hosts broke forward after sustaining a period of pressure and Bez Lubala sent in a cross from the left which fell into the path of Jerry Yates for the easiest of tap-ins.

Semi Ajayi got the Baggies an equaliser five minutes into the second half. A good couple of blocks by the Blackpool defence kept the Baggies at bay, however the visitors were rewarded for their strong start to the second half as Ajayi headed in from Kamil Grosicki’s cross.

The 66th minute saw Gary Madine put the club two leagues below West Brom back in front, one touch football with Jerry Yates nudging the ball into the path of Gary Madine and the Blackpool striker slot into the bottom corner.

Sam Allardyce’s side were handed a penalty with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, as Blackpool were looking comfortable, Matheus Pereira made no mistakes from the spot.

Extra time played out and no more goals were scored, so a penalty shootout it was down to, which then saw Blackpool win 3-2 and put more pressure on the Baggies’ newest manager.

The third upset of the day came at the John Smith’s Stadium where Huddersfield, who at one point lead 2-1, ended up throwing it away, losing 3-2 to league below Plymouth Argyle.

Romoney Crichlow met a corner at the near post and glanced it into the back of the net to put the Terriers 1-0 up after just four minutes.

Ryan Hardie then got an equaliser for the Pilgrims 20 minutes later. His side won the ball back high up the pitch and Luke Jephcott threaded it through perfectly for Hardie who raced into the box and slotted it coolly past the keeper.

Aaron Rowe got the hosts back in front with a sublime goal, he cut inside off the right and absolutely smashed it into the top left corner. 32 minutes on the clock by this point.

There was still time to get another goal in the half, Panutche Camara making it 2-2 on the 42nd minute. Danny Mayor teed up Camara inside the box and he lifted it into the roof of the net from the centre.

The second half saw Plymouth open up the Huddersfield defence. The ball came over to Ryan Hardie on the left side of the box and he fired it at goal. Hamer tipped it up and off the corner of the crossbar.

20 minutes from time, Joe Edwards put Plymouth 3-2 up. Danny Mayor gets to the byline, dribbles along it and cuts it back into the centre where Edwards was to poke it over the line from a yard out to send them through.


Aston Villa (1) 1-4 (1) Liverpool
Wolves (1) 1-0 (0) Crystal Palace
AFC Bournemouth 4-1 Oldham Athletic
Arsenal (0) 2-0 (0) Newcastle United
Blackburn Rovers (0) 0-1 (1) Doncaster Rovers
Blackpool (1) 2-2 (0) West Brom (AET) (3-2 pens)
Boreham Wood (0) 0-2 (1) Millwall
Brentford (1) 2-1 (0) Middlesbrough
Bristol Rovers (1) 2-3 (1) Sheffield United
Burnley (0) 1-1 (1) Milton Keynes Dons (AET) (4-3 pens)
Chorley (1) 2-0 (0) Derby County
Everton (1) 2-1 (0) Rotherham United (AET) 
Exeter City (0) 0-2 (1) Sheffield Wednesday
Huddersfield Town (2) 2-3 (2) Plymouth Argyle
Luton Town (1) 1-0 (0) Reading
Manchester United 1-0 Watford
Norwich City (2) 2-0 (0) Coventry City
Nottingham Forest (1) 1-0 (0) Cardiff City
Oldham Athletic (1) 1-4 (1) AFC Bournemouth
Queens Park Rangers (0) 0-2 (0) Fulham (AET) 
Southampton P-P Shrewsbury Town
Stevenage (0) 0-2 (1) Swansea City
Stoke City (0) 0-4 (1) Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers (3) 4-1 (1) Preston North End

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