2021-22 FA Cup: Third Round Roundup

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Roundup of the Third Round action across 2021-22 FA Cup featuring plenty of cupsets galore and comebacks. 

Whilst four Non League teams looked to produce giant killings, there were plenty of drama within the cup further up the footballing pyramid from third & fourth-tier clubs causing cupsets to several comebacks from Premier League and Championship teams.

It however makes sense to kick off our roundup of the Third Round action of 2021-22 FA Cup with three Non League teams at home to higher-level opposition.


Non League vs EFL

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Amari Morgan-Smith’s flick-in from a 82nd minute corner saw National League North’s Kidderminster Harriers come from behind to stun second-tier Reading 2-1, after Sam Austin had cancelled out George Puscas’ opener.

Goals from Tyrone Marsh and Adrian Clifton saw National League’s Boreham Wood stun League One’s AFC Wimbledon at Meadow Park, which meant that the Wood advanced to the Fourth Round for the first time in their history.

Emiliano Marcondes’ hat-trick saw Championship leaders – Bournemouth avoid a cupset away to fifth-tier Yeovil Town at Huish Park, as Scott Parker’s Cherries eventually ran out 3-1 winners.


Premier League vs EFL

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Lewis Grabban’s sliding 83rd minute strike from Ryan Yates’ cross saw Nottingham Forest stun Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s top-flight Gunners suffered a shock cupset, which is the second time in five seasons that Forest have knocked out the North Londoners at this stage.

Late goals from Josh Koroma and Matty Pearson saw Huddersfield come from behind to dump out Premier League strugglers, Burnley at Turf Moor in a 2-1 win, after Jay Rodriguez had fired the hosts ahead initially.

Joe Ironside capitalised on scruffy defending to fie in a 56th minute winner for Cambridge United as the League One team stunned Newcastle at St James’ Park, as Kieran Trippier enjoyed a disappointing debut for the Magpies after joining from Atletico Madrid for £12m on Friday.

Second-half goals from Michael Olise and Jean-Philippe Mateta saw Crystal Palace fight back to emerge victorious 2-1 in their South-London derby against Millwall, after Benik Afobe fired the Lions ahead in the 17th minute.

Bryan Mbeumo’s hat-trick fired Brentford to a comfortable 4-1 victory away at League Two’s Port Vale as Thomas Frank’s Bees look to enjoy a cup run.

Late goals from Jakub Moder and Neal Maupay saw Brighton come from behind to defeat West Brom 2-1 after extra-time at The Hawthorns, having initially fallen behind early in the second-half to Callum Robinson’s opener before Cedric Kipre was red-carded for the hosts.

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Andros Townsend struck a 99th minute winner as Everton survived a nervy encounter to run out 3-2 winners at Hull City, having initially fallen behind to Tyler Smith’s first-minute header.

Shane Long struck a 102nd minute winning goal to send Southampton through to the Fourth Round, as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints edged their way past Swansea by a 3-2 result after extra-time following Yan Valery’s red card.

Cole Palmer provided a goal and assist as a Coronavirus ravaged Manchester City managed to thrash Swindon Town 4-1 at the County Ground, despite being without manager – Pep Guardiola as he self-isolated.

Milot Rashica scored his first goal in a Norwich shirt after firing in a 79th minute winner from Teemu Pukki’s cross to defeat League One’s Charlton in a nervy showdown at The Valley.

Fabinho’s brace helped a Coronavirus-hit Liverpool come from behind to defeat Shrewsbury Town 4-1 at Anfield, during which Kaide Gordon scored his first senior goal for the Reds to cancel out Dominic Udoh’s opener.

Late goals from Harry Winks, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane saw Tottenham Hotspur fight back to deny Morecambe a 3-1 cupset in North London, after Antony O’Connor had side-footed volley the Shrimps ahead in the 33rd minute.

Daniel Podence’s brace plus a goal from Nelson Semedo saw Wolves comfortably dispatch Sheffield United 3-0 at Molineux to advance to the next round.


Premier League vs Premier League

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Youri Tielemans’ seventh minute penalty plus strikes from James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton saw title-holders, Leicester survive a floodlight failure to defeat Watford and their ex manager – Claudio Ranieri 4-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Goals from Manuel Lanzini and Jarrod Bowen inspired West Ham to a 2-0 home win over Leeds United, in which David Moyes’ Hammers dominated a heavily depleted away opposition.

Scott McTominay headed in an eighth minute winner as Manchester United defeated Aston Villa at Old Trafford, amidst controversy as Steven Gerrard’s Villains harshly saw two equalising goals from Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins ruled out by VAR.



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League Two’s Hartlepool recovered from a half-time deficit through David Ferguson and Joe Grey to dump out Blackpool, who had led through Keshi Anderson’s eighth minute opener.

Elliott Hewitt’s injury-time own goal caused late heartbreak for Mansfield Town after the League Two team fought from 2-0 down to level against Middlesbrough at Field Mill, having fallen behind to strikes from Uche Ikpeazu and Caolan Boyd-Munce in an eventual 3-2 win for the visitors.

Carlton Morris’ brace saw Barnsley survive a nine-goal thriller at Oakwell to progress to the next round in a 5-4 win, after being pushed throughout by ten-men League Two’s Barrow who recovered from 2-0 down at half-time to force extra time at 4-4 before Morris’ winner.

Thelo Aasgaard curled in an injury-time winner as League One’s Wigan fought from behind to stun Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at the DW Stadium in a five-goal second-half thriller.

Ryan Law fired in a 104th minute winner as League One’s Plymouth Argyle stunned Birmingham City of the Championship at St Andrew’s, after the hosts saw George Friend red carded by Rebecca Welch who became the first woman to referee a men’s FA Cup tie.

Tom Ince provided a goal and assist as Stoke City survived a competitive battle to defeat Leyton Orient 2-0 to secure passage to the Fourth Round.

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Mark Harris’ 116th minute winner saw Cardiff extend their winning run against Preston to five matches after winning 2-1 following extra time, having seen Isaak Davies’ opener cancelled out by Daniel Johnson’s 54th minute penalty.

Veteran striker – Cameron Jerome provided a goal and assist as Luton thrashed Harrogate Town 4-0 at Kenilworth Road, on Assistant Manager – Mick Halford’s return to the dugout after cancer treatment.

Chiedozie Ogbene’s penalty miss saw Rotherham miss out on a place in the next round as QPR prevailed 8-7 on penalties, after fighting back through Lyndon Dykes to cancel out Michael Ihiekwe’s opener for the League One visitors.

Bali Mumba scored on his Peterborough debut to defeat Bristol Rovers 2-1 after Paul Coutts’ 30th minute penalty for the visitors cancelled out Samuel Szmodics’ opener.

Dom Hyam headed in a 42nd minute winner as Coventry City defeated Wayne Rooney’s Derby County in an all Championship tie.

Fulham ended a five-match winless run in all competitions as Harry Wilson curled in a 105th minute winner to knock out Championship rivals, Bristol City after extra time in a scrappy clash at Ashton Gate.


Premier League vs Non League

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Chelsea comfortably avoided a home cupset as Thomas Tuchel’s Blues demolished National League’s Chesterfield 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Timo Werner opened the scoring from close-range in the sixth minute before Callum Hudson-Odoi, Romelu Lukaku, Andreas Christiansen and Hakim Ziyech all found the net for the hosts, whilst Akwasi Asante scored a 80th minute consolation goal for the visitors.


Kidderminster Handed DREAM Fourth Round Tie

Kidderminster will host Premier League’s West Ham in a dream Fourth Round tie at Aggborough in a mouth-watering encounter, as the Harriers look to produce a bigger giant killing by taking out David Moyes’ Hammers.

Reigning champions, Leicester meanwhile will visit Nottingham Forest in a East Midlands derby at the City Ground.

Fourth Round ties will be played on weekend of 4-7 February 2022 with full list of ties available below.

Home Team v Away Team
Crystal Palace v Hartlepool United
Bournemouth v Boreham Wood
Huddersfield Town v Barnsley
Peterborough United v QPR
Cambridge United v Luton Town
Southampton v Coventry City
Chelsea v Plymouth Argyle
Everton v Brentford
Kidderminster Harriers v West Ham
Manchester United v Middlesbrough
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion
Liverpool v Cardiff City
Stoke City v Wigan Athletic
Nottingham Forest v Leicester City
Manchester City v Fulham
Wolves v Norwich


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