FA Cup round-up: Tottenham and Newcastle through, Shrewsbury set up Liverpool tie after Bristol City win

Tottenham celebrate Giovani Lo Celso's goal against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup
Tottenham celebrate Giovani Lo Celso's goal against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup

A review of Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replays...

Results

  • Blackpool 0-2 Reading
  • Coventry 3-0 Bristol Rovers
  • Newcastle United 4-1 Rochdale
  • Shrewsbury 1-0 Bristol City
  • Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough
  • Tranmere P-P Watford

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Tottenham end three-game winless run to reach round four

Tottenham rolled back the years as a pair of Argentinians delivered a 2-1 FA Cup victory in their third-round replay against Middlesbrough.

In days gone by, the old White Hart Lane was treated to some memorable nights as Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa had a love affair with the famous cup competition.

This time it was Giovani Lo Celso and Erik Lamela who inspired Spurs with first-half goals that set up a meeting with Southampton in next weekend's fourth round.

This win over Championship opposition, who made a game of it late on through George Saville, is unlikely to be remembered other than for being the first FA Cup game at Tottenham's new stadium and their first in N17 since 2017.

It also ended a four-game winless run in all competitions and further highlighted how Lo Celso and Lamela could become key men in Jose Mourinho's reign.

They added impetus off the bench in the previous two matches and, rewarded with starts, again lifted Spurs with energy and desire.

Mourinho, who has admitted he will be going all out to win the FA Cup this year, will not get carried away with the victory but it could provide a starting point for his side going into a crucial part of the season.

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Shrewsbury set up Liverpool showdown

Shrewsbury celebrate Aaron Pierre's strike against Bristol City in the FA Cup third-round replay
Shrewsbury celebrate Aaron Pierre's strike against Bristol City in the FA Cup third-round replay

Shrewsbury set up an FA Cup fourth-round clash at home to Liverpool as Aaron Pierre's fine late goal earned them a 1-0 win over Bristol City.

The League One side secured a memorable meeting with the unbeaten Premier League leaders thanks to Pierre's low finish from outside the area in the 89th minute.

There were chances at both ends during a goalless first half, with City captain Josh Brownhill's early drive well saved by goalkeeper Joe Murphy.

Shrewsbury defender Pierre's long-range effort was just off target and home skipper Ollie Norburn's shot was deflected narrowly wide.

Nathan Baker went close with a header for the visitors before Famara Diedhiou lifted his shot over the bar when he was sent clear with Murphy to beat.

Shrewsbury striker Daniel Udoh forced a fine save from Daniel Bentley at the other end with a powerful effort from just outside the area.

Diedhiou fired wide for City early in the second half before home substitute Callum Lang's header was well kept out by Bentley.

With extra-time looming, Shrewsbury delivered the knockout blow in the 89th minute as Pierre picked out the bottom corner to allow his side to dream of an even bigger upset.

Newcastle celebrate rare Joelinton strike in win over Rochdale

Joelinton: Brazilian (right) celebrates with Steve Bruce after his goal for Newcastle against Rochdale in the FA Cup
Joelinton: Brazilian (right) celebrates with Steve Bruce after his goal for Newcastle against Rochdale in the FA Cup

Joelinton ended his 20-game wait for a second Newcastle goal as the Premier League side dispatched League One Rochdale 4-1 to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

Controversial owner Mike Ashley, on Tyneside for transfer talks with head coach Steve Bruce, was among a crowd of 29,786 at St James' Park to see the man for whom he paid £40million in the summer score with an 82nd-minute strike.

Eoghan O'Connell's own goal had earlier set the Magpies on their way in the replay before Matty Longstaff and Miguel Almiron struck to make it 3-0 after just 26 minutes, with the returning Matt Ritchie providing the ammunition for the first two.

Brazilian Joelinton, whose last goal came at Tottenham on August 25, added a fourth before Jordan Williams' late consolation strike as Newcastle - who have not reached the fifth round since 2006 - booked a home tie against third tier Oxford.

Coventry record comfortable win over Bristol Rovers to set up meeting with landlords Birmingham

Coventry ran out comfortable 3-0 winners as they knocked Bristol Rovers out of the FA Cup to set up a fourth round home tie at St Andrews with landlords Birmingham.

Coventry took an early lead when Callum O'Hare threaded a beautifully weighted ball through the Rovers defence, allowing Maxime Biamou to race through and slot past Jordi Van Stappershoef.

Jonson Clarke-Harris almost pulled Rovers level after 23 minutes when his powerful header rattled the Coventry bar.

But the second half saw Coventry make the most of their domination. O'hare was provider yet again after 51 minutes when another through ball played a team-mate one-on-one with the goalkeeper. This time it was Josh Pask the recipient, who calmly finished past Van Stappershoef, doubling the home side's lead.

Coventry looked even better value for their lead moments later when Biamou scored his second.

A clever Sky Blues corner found Liam Walsh unmarked in the box, the midfielder drilling a ball across goal which was easily turned in by the lurking Biamou.

Reading avoid Blackpool upset

Championship side Reading beat League One outfit Blackpool 2-0 in a replay to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

Goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita either side of half-time at Bloomfield Road ensured Reading will entertain the victors of the encounter between Carlisle and Cardiff.

Just before the break Callum Guy drilled a low effort inches wide as Blackpool nearly took the lead.

Reading took advantage when Jay Spearing failed to clear Garath McCleary's cross and Boye stabbed home three minutes from half-time.

Blackpool almost had an immediate response when Armand Gnanduillet's header from Liam Feeney's corner glanced wide.

Michael Olise nearly added Reading's second after the restart but clipped the post, before Royals stopper Sam Walker saved Matty Virtue's close-range header.

Walker later clawed away Nathan Delfouneso's header, before Boye rattled the crossbar and Omar Richards struck the post shortly after.

Blackpool goalkeeper Mark Howard kept out Obita's 82nd-minute header but the Reading man slotted home the rebound to ensure his side progressed to the next round.

Tranmere v Watford: Match postponed due to impact of Storm Brendan

Tranmere or Watford face playing two FA Cup ties in the space of four days after their third-round replay was postponed.

The fixture, scheduled for Tuesday night, fell victim to Storm Brendan as heavy rain left the Prenton Park pitch unplayable.

Following the confirmation of the postponement, a new date was announced of Thursday January 23 - with the winners then set to go on to face Wolves or Manchester United in the fourth round on Sunday January 26, a fixture selected for live broadcast.

Watford said both clubs had been "in regular contact" to discuss "the options available" with the FA once Tuesday night's scheduled match had been put at risk by the weather.

The FA confirmed in a statement: "After consultation with all the relevant parties, in order to keep the competition on schedule and reduce the risk of causing fixture disruption elsewhere, the match has been rescheduled for Thursday 23 January, 7.45pm kick-off.

"The winner of this tie will host Wolverhampton Wanderers or Manchester United in the fourth round proper on Sunday 26 January, 3.00pm kick-off."

Tranmere fought back from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 in the original tie at Vicarage Road.

Micky Mellon's side are third from bottom in League One, while Premier League side Watford sit one point above the relegation zone.

Rovers chairman and vice-chairman Mark and Nicola Palios issued a club statement on Tuesday evening to give some background and highlight the planned work to improve the underlying sub-structure at Prenton Park, which is around 30 years old.

The statement said the problem was "not an issue of either man-power or expertise..... nor is it an issue of money".

Tranmere had sought advice from neighbours Liverpool and the FA as well as external pitch specialists - while ground staff have sometimes worked "through the night" to help get games to go ahead.

The Palios' statement read: "In order to give us the best chance of getting the Watford game on, we also hired in an additional specialist pitch covering which allows air to circulate underneath it to dry the pitch. Unfortunately, even this was not enough in the face of Storm Brendan.

"We are of course very disappointed that our pitch is not what it should be this season, but we hope this will enable people to better understand what the problem is and how it will be dealt with."


Fourth round fixtures

  • Watford or Tranmere v Wolves or Manchester United
  • Hull v Chelsea
  • Southampton v Tottenham
  • QPR v Sheffield Wednesday
  • Bournemouth v Arsenal
  • Northampton v Derby
  • Brentford v Leicester
  • Millwall v Sheffield United
  • Reading v Cardiff or Carlisle
  • West Ham v West Brom
  • Burnley v Norwich
  • Coventry v Birmingham
  • Manchester City v Fulham
  • Newcastle v Oxford
  • Portsmouth v Barnsley
  • Shrewsbury v Liverpool

Ties to be played over the weekend of January 24-27.


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