FA Cup 3rd Round Play-offs Round-Up & Highlights

FA Cup 3rd Round Play-offs Round-Up & Highlights

This week graced us with seven classic FA Cup-energy-pumped clashes that impressed with smart goals, classic underdog stories and much, much more. Here are the highlights of the FA Cup 3rd round play-offs.

Heavy rain postpones the match

Watford’s trip to Tranmere was postponed due to heavy rain and is now scheduled for Thursday, January 23rd. This means that The Hornets will play three games in six days; Saturday against Tottenham and then Tuesday’s crucial clash against Aston Villa.

Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Middlesbrough

Spurs struggled to earn their 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough and knowing that the FA Cup represents the only hope for a trophy that Tottenham can aim for this season we expected a more confident side than the one we witnessed this Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho’s men were awarded a second-minute goal when Middlesbrough keeper Tomas Mejias crossed the ball to Giovani lo Celso, who ended up messing up a challenge and scored.

Middlesbrough wasted some chances whilst Spurs sneaked their way through to a victory. Fifteen minutes after the opener, the hosts doubled their lead when Eric Lamela flicked the ball past the Boro keeper after a gorgeous run. And George Saville sealed the 2-1 score seven munites before time.


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#Boro pegged back twice at the Riverside, but a point and plenty to be positive about #UTB

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Shrewsbury 1 – 0 Bristol City

Shrew’s Aaron Pierre found the back of the net in the 89th minute to give his team a 1-0 victory over Championship club Bristol City, which set up a clash against Premier League giants, Liverpool in the fourth round.


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Here it is again, unfiltered. 😍

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Sam Ricketts relishes in the chance to play Liverpool, saying: “It will be a special occasion for everyone involved. The players first and foremost because they’re the people that have done it, the supporters – you could see what it meant coming on the pitch at the end of the game.”

We are just as excited, Sam! See you on Sunday, January 26th.

Coventry City 3 – 0 Bristol Rovers

Coventry achieved a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bristol Rovers and have now scheduled a home match at St Andrew’s with their stadium landlords, Birmingham City.

A double effort by brilliant Maxime Biamou helped Mark Robins’ men overcome Bristol, and the third came from Josh Pask.

“It was a zippy surface because of the rain,” said Coventry manager Robins. “But we looked in decent shape, Pasky’s goal was outstanding. We kept at it, defensively we were OK. And in the second half we got better. But we were outstanding – really good performance.”

Blackpool 0 – 2 Reading

The Royals get some good news at last! On Tuesday night Championship club Reading triumphed over League One Blackpool with goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita.

They are set to play against Cardiff City in the next round as the Wales side overtook Carlisle in a thriller on Wednesday night.

“They all stood up and not just stood up, but they looked like players, proper players,” said the proud Reading manager Mark Bowen. “In a funny way, it never became a battle because our decisions on the ball were really clever and sharp at times.”


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⚽️ Loves a header, our Tom 💙

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Newcastle United 4 – 1 Rochdale

Newcastle thrashed Rochdale 4-1 at St. James’ Park on Tuesday night with Joelinton finally finding the back of the net to end his 20-game goal drought and send the Magpies into the FA Cup fourth round.

Minute 17 saw an own goal by Rochdale’s Eoghan O’Connell. Then Matty Longstaff, Miguel Almiron, and Joelinton all scored before Jordan Williams earned a consolation.


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🇧🇷 @joelinton34’s first competitive goal at St. James’ Park!

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Newcastle, who have not gone further than fourth round in over 13 years, are scheduled to host League One Oxford United on Saturday, January 25th.

Manchester United 1 – 0 Wolves

Old Trafford hosted Wolves for their FA Cup third-round clash against Manchester United. Juan Mata’s elegant chip over John Ruddy made the only difference in a match that did not showcase either team’s best performance.

Manchester United are to meet either Tranmere Rovers or Watford in the next round.

“They are a difficult team, they play in a certain way, they do it very well, and it’s difficult to break them down,” commented Mata after the game. “But today has been a good result for us, we’ve had a good couple of days, and now we’ve got a big one coming [Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday] so hopefully we can keep it up.”

Carlisle 3 – 4 Cardiff City

Cardiff City secured their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup after overcoming Carlisle away in a seven-goal thriller.

The goal-fest produced an epic nail-biter at packed-to-the-brim Brunton Park on Wednesday night, where the visitors came on top thanks to Danny Ward, Josh Murphy and an Aden Flint double.

The Bluebirds will now face Reading on Saturday, January 25th.


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Well that was quite a cup tie! City progress! 💙 #CityAsOne

Публикация от Cardiff City FC (@cardiffcityfc)

See you for the fourth round of the FA Cup!

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