FA Cup Results: Analysis for Fulham vs. Norwich, and All the Matches
Tuesday saw a total of 10 FA Cup third-round replays take place, with the most eye-catching tie of the night taking place at Craven Cottage, where two Premier League teams were in action.
Fulham were hoping to bounce back from the weekend's devastating 4-1 Premier League defeat to Sunderland with a replay victory against Norwich, who once again named something of an inexperienced lineup.
Elsewhere, holders Wigan Athletic were hoping to progress against MK Dons at the second attempt, while in London there looked like being a shock on the cards when League Two Oxford United took an early lead against Charlton at The Valley.
Click on for the results and details from those matches, and the night's other seven contests.
Fulham 3-0 Norwich: Cottagers Cruise Battle of the Premier League Sides
Fulham ultimately cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup after a comfortable 3-0 victory over Norwich at Craven Cottage.
Darren Bent and Ashkan Dejagah both notched before half-time before Steve Sidwell rounded off the scoring with 20 minutes remaining, as the Cottagers booked an away meeting with Sheffield United in the next round.
In truth, it was a remarkably straightforward win for Rene Meulensteen and his men, although Darren Bent's clinical close-range finish after 16 minutes undoubtedly made things much easier. A Norwich side that mixed experience with youth—Josh Murphy gaining another start—never looked like getting on terms, especially after Dejagah rounded off an incisive counter-attack five minutes before the break.
In the second half, with the home side continuing to control much of the contest in wet west London conditions, Sidwell eventually secured progression beyond doubt with a powerful header.
Afterwards, head coach Rene Meulensteen told Fulham's official website:
We’re doing a lot of things well.
On Saturday against Sunderland we controlled the game and should have got our noses in front. But we didn’t. We conceded from set-plays and these things need to be impressed. We know our defensive record isn’t good enough and we need to improve upon it. That’s why tonight we set out to get a clean sheet and for most of the game we were in pretty good defensive shape.
If we keep clean sheets, we’ll win games because we have enough quality so score goals. The FA Cup is fantastic competition. We’re always trying to get the best possible result in every game. Nothing positive comes out of losing so we want to get into the habit of positive performances.
This was a positive performance. We kept a clean sheet and we’re into the next round of the cup.
Manchester City 5-0 Blackburn Rovers
Manchester City advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 5-0 victory at home to second-tier Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium in their FA Cup third round replay.
Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko scored two goals each, and Sergio Aguero marked his return from injury with a goal in a substitute's cameo. Jesus Navas registered two assists, while Dzeko added one assist to his two-goal haul.
The teams drew 1-1 in the original third-round fixture on Jan. 4 at Blackburn's Ewood Park. For the visitors, securing a result was always going to be difficult at the Etihad, where City have maintained a 100 percent record in the Premier League this season.
The goals were Negredo's 20th and 21st of the season, making him City's top scorer ahead of Aguero. Aguero, who missed eight games due to a calf injury, returned to the squad as a second-half substitute, replacing Negredo.
MK Dons 1-3 Wigan Athletic: Nick Powell Brace Saves Holders
Two goals from Nick Powell enabled cup holders Wigan to come from behind to defeat MK Dons after extra-time.
Powell scored 10 minutes from time and then two minutes into extra-time to turn the tie around, before Marc-Antoine Fortune's clincher set up a fourth-round meeting between the Latics and Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium.
Powell may have just given David Moyes, manager at his parent club Manchester United, something to think about with his performance—his two goals lifting Wigan's Uwe Rosler out of a spot.
Luke Chadwick had given MK Dons a 10th-minute lead, and they looked like holding on onto Powell's double intervention.
Charlton Athletic 2-2 Oxford United: Addicks Roar Back to Book Replay
Charlton Athletic came from two goals down to force a replay with League Two side Oxford United at The Valley.
Yann Kermorgant found the net eight minutes from time to level the score at 2-2, after Michael Morrison had given the London side a route back into the tie shortly after half-time.
It all looked so rosy for Oxford when Johnny Mullins and Scott Davies put them 2-0 ahead after just 24 minutes, but they were unable to quite hold on.
Bournemouth 4-1 Burton Albion
Brett Pitman opened and closed the scoring as Bournemouth demolished Burton, with Tommy Elphick and Ryan Fraser also getting in on the act. Jimmy Phillips briefly got the visitors on terms, but two goals in the final five minutes gave an added gloss to the scoreline. Next up for the Cherries: Liverpool.
Birmingham City 3-0 Bristol Rovers
The Blues will now host Swansea City, after they brushed aside Bristol Rovers thanks to Paul Robinson's opener and Chris Burke's two late clinchers.
Peterborough 2-3 Kidderminster
Joe Lolley's 76th-minute goal secured the victory for Kidderminster after Michael Gash had cancelled out Tommy Rowe's opener for the home side, and Britt Assombalonga's penalty had done the same to Jack Byrne's strike just after half-time. Sunderland will now host the Harriers.
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Plymouth 2-3 Port Vale
Jennison Myrie-Williams got the winner for Port Vale, after strikes from teammates Jordan Hugill and Ben Williamson had given them a platform. Andres Gurrieri notched after just two minutes to give the hosts the perfect start, but Conor Hourihane's additional strike was not enough for them to host Brighton in the next round.
Preston 3-2 Ipswich
A stunning hat-trick from substitute Joe Garner ensured progression for Preston, as they overcame strikes from Frank Noble and David McGoldrick for the visitors. Preston now face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 Macclesfield
The Owls followed up the weekend's 6-0 win over Leeds United with another emphatic triumph, although three goals in the last 12 minutes were required to see the home side through. Christopher Maguire, Jacques Maghoma, Jermaine Johnson and Miguel Angel Llera. They will now visit Rochdale.
Watford 2-0 Bristol City
Goals from Lewis McGugan and Davide Faraoni ensured Watford moved on to the next round, where they will face the winner of Wednesday's replay between Blackburn and Manchester City.