2020-21 FA Cup: Third Round Roundup

With the Third Round of this season’s FA Cup now nearly completed, here is a full roundup of all the action across the weekend. 

From cupsets to Arsenal beginning their title defence in a tie that required extra time and the Coronavirus impacted fixtures, this round certainly had plenty of drama, although there is just one place to start – as four non league teams in form of Boreham Wood, Chorley, Marine and Stockport County looked to produce giant killings.


Non League vs League

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Chorley produced the biggest cupset of this round as goals from Connor Hall and Mike Calveley secured a huge win over Coronavirus hit Derby, as the Rams were forced to field a mixed team of Under 23 and U18 players.

Carlos Vinicius netted a 13 minute hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed eighth tier Marine at Rossett Park, with Lucas Moura netting the team’s third goal before Alfie Devine scored to become Spurs’ youngest goalscorer at just 16 years-old.

Millwall comfortably dispatched National League’s Boreham Wood at Meadow Park in a 28 shot display, with only Kenneth Zohore and Shaun Hutchinson both finding the net in a 2-0 away win.

Stockport County’s FA Cup came to an end after Craig Dawson headed in a late winner to send West Ham through to the Fourth Round, where the Hammers will take on Doncaster Rovers.


Premier League vs Premier League

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Title holders, Arsenal needed extra time to advance to the Fourth Round as Emile Smith Rowe fired the Gunners ahead after nearly being sent off, before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tapped in a second to seal victory over Newcastle United.

Sadio Mane netted a brace as Liverpool comfortably thrashed a Coronavirus depleted Aston Villa team 4-1 at Villa Park, despite Louie Barry producing a solo equaliser in a team containing U23 and U18 players.

Adama Traore struck a stunning left-footed strike as Wolves edged their way past fellow top-flight opposition, Crystal Palace in a closely fought contest at Molineux.


EFL vs Premier League 

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League Two frontrunners, Crawley Town claimed a giant killing as they thrashed Leeds United 3-0 at Broadfield Stadium, with Nick Tsaroulla and Ashley Nadesan scoring in a quick two minute spell before Jordan Tunnicliffe wrapped up victory ahead of Reality TV star – Mark Wright’s debut appearance.

West Brom twice fought from behind to draw 2-2 away at League One’s Blackpool but eventually fell 3-2 on penalties.

Burnley meanwhile rescued a 1-1 draw after Matej Vydra cancelled out Cameron Jerome’s opener for MK Dons, before Sean Dyche’s Clarets prevailed 4-3 on penalties to avoid a cupset.

Brighton also needed a penalty shootout to edge past Newport County 4-3 on spot-kicks after a 1-1 draw at Rodney Parade, in which Solly March smashed the Seagulls ahead before Adam Webster’s own goal pulled the Exiles level in a dramatic conclusion to normal time.

Leicester comfortably avoided a tricky away cupset as they ran riot in a 4-0 win at Stoke, in which James Justin curled in a 34th minute opener before Marc Albrighton, Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes also found the net.

Substitute, Abdoulaye Doucoure came on to score a 94th minute winner as Everton defeated Rotherham in extra-time, after Cenk Tosun’s early strike was cancelled out by Matthew Olosunde at Goodison Park.

Sheffield United twice conceded from in front at the Memorial Stadium until Jayden struck a 63rd minute winner, sinking Bristol Rovers in a five goal thriller despite a valiant performance from the League One club.

Two goals in four minutes from Bobby Reid and Neeskens Kebano at the end of the first half of extra-time proved enough for Fulham to edge past QPR in a tense West London derby at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.

Bernardo Silva netted twice in the opening 15 minutes before Phil Foden’s 33rd minute effort saw Manchester City cruise past Birmingham City, comfortably winning 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Kai Havertz both assisted and netted goals as Chelsea thrashed Morecambe of League Two 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Scott McTominay’s fourth minute header proved enough for Manchester United to edge past Watford at Old Trafford.

Southampton’s tie against Shrewsbury Town was postponed due to a Coronavirus outbreak amongst The Shrews.



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League One’s Plymouth Argyle twice fought from behind to equalise at Huddersfield until Joe Edwards fired in a 70th minute winner to send The Pligrims through courtesy of a 3-2 victory, thus condemning the Terriers to a third consecutive exit in the Third Round.

Saman Ghoddos assisted in Halil Dervisoglu’s opener for Brentford before netting the winning goal himself after Middlesbrough had equalised through Sam Folarin, as the Bees instantly hit back following their Carabao Cup exit last week.

Blackburn suffered a shock exit as Taylor Richards fired in a long range strike to send League One’s Doncaster Rovers through, as the Yorkshire prevailed 1-0 in a closely fought contest at Ewood Park.

Joshua King netted a brace and assist as Bournemouth thrashed Oldham Athletic 4-1 at the Vitaly Stadium in a match which saw the fixture reversed. as a result of pitch concerns at Boundary Park due to freezing temperatures.

Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea both avoided cupsets away at League Two opposition after comfortably defeating Exeter and Stevenage respectively by 2-0 results.

Last season’s Quarter-Finalists, Norwich City advanced after goals in two minutes from Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill proved enough to dispatch Coventry City at Carrow Road.

Chris Martin fired in a late winner at Ashton Gate as Bristol City edged out Portsmouth in a tight game, which saw Famara Diedhiou’s opener cancelled out by the visitors’ Callum Johnson in first half injury time.

Second-half goals from Michel Helik and Cauley Woodrow proved enough for Barnsley to see off League Two’s Tranmere Rovers at Oakwell in a tough contest.

Luton and Nottingham Forest scraped through all Championship ties against Reading and Cardiff by 1-0 results, whilst Wycombe stunned Preston at Adams Park in a dominant 4-1 victory.

Comeback goals from Alfie May and Will Boyle saw Cheltenham come from behind to stun Mansfield after extra-time at Whaddon Road and set up a blockbuster Fourth Round tie at home to Man City.

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