Saturday 04 January 2014

FA Cup: Arsenal beat Spurs to advance to fourth round

Gunners win 2-0 while Ole Gunnar Solksjaer wins first match as Cardiff manager

BPL clubs in FA Cup third-round action

Arsenal made the fourth round of the FA Cup for an 18th consecutive season as they overcame North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Emirates Stadium.

Santi Cazorla’s fierce strike gave Arsenal a first-half lead, which they doubled after 61 minutes when Tomas Rosicky robbed Danny Rose in possession and raced half the length of the field and lobbed Hugo Lloris.

Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a winning start to his reign as his side came from behind to win 2-1 at Newcastle United. Solskjaer, who succeeded the sacked Malky Mackay on Thursday, saw his team go behind to a Papiss Cisse goal in the 66th minute, but two goals in seven minutes from substitutes Craig Noone and Fraizer Campbell gave Cardiff victory.

"It's not about me, but it is a perfect start to these new times," Solskjaer said. "The lads have had a lot to deal with lately and it's nice for them to start with a win in the cup."

Goals from Dwight Gayle and Marouane Chamakh gave Crystal Palace a 2-0 away win at West Bromwich Albion while in another tie featuring clubs from the Barclays Premier League Norwich City were held at home to Fulham. Darren Bent gave Fulham the lead at Carrow Road, only for Robert Snodgrass to equalise for Norwich just before half-time. The two will replay at Craven Cottage on 14 January. Clint Dempsey made his first appearance for Fulham since rejoining on a loan.

Everton eased through to the next round with a comfortable 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Ross Barkley opened the scoring before Nikica Jelavic got two goals and could have had a hat-trick but his penalty hit the crossbar. Defender Seamus Coleman continued his fine goalscoring run with the fourth.

Southampton beat Burnley, but were made to fight, winning 4-3 at St Mary’s. Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert had put the home side 2-0 up, only for Sam Vokes and Danny Ings to level the scores. Jay Rodriguez, who was signed from Burnley, and Adam Lallana restored Southampton's two-goal cushion, before Kevin Long scored a consolation for Championship side.

Two more Barclays Premier League teams to progress were Hull City, who won 2-0 away to Middlesbrough, and Stoke City, who beat Championship leaders Leicester City 2-1.

Two strikers who have struggled for starts at Hull, Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz, got the goals for Steve Bruce’s team at the Riverside Stadium. Kenwyne Jones and Charlie Adam scored for Mark Hughes’ side with David Nugent’s strike for Leicester turning out to be a consolation.

In the day's early kick-off Manchester City were held away to Blackburn Rovers in a 1-1 draw with the 1995 Barclays Premier League champions. Alvaro Negredo had given City the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Scott Danns equalised shortly after the break to set up a replay at the Etihad Stadium on 15 January. City finished the match with 10 men after defender Dedryck Boyata was sent off for two bookable offences.

Aston Villa were knocked out by Sheffield United of League One, losing 2-1 at Villa Park. Nicklas Helenius scored his first goal for Villa since joining in the summer when he cancelled out Jamie Murphy's goal in the 75th minute, but Ryan Flynn gave Sheffield United the victory.

The draw for the fourth round will take place on 5 January.

FA Cup third-round results

Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Aston Villa
(Helenius) 1-2 Sheffield United
Barnsley 1-2 Coventry City
Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Manchester City (Negredo)
Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Blackpool
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Reading
Bristol City 1-1 Watford
Doncaster Rovers 2-3 Stevenage
Everton (Barkley, Jelavic 2,Coleman) 4-0 Queens Park Rangers
Grimsby Town 2-3 Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town 1-1 Preston North End
Kidderminster Harriers 0-0 Peterborough United
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Middlesbrough 0-2 Hull City (Mclean, Proschwitz)
Newcastle United (Cisse) 1-2 Cardiff City (Noone, Campbell)
Norwich City (Snodgrass) 1-1 Fulham (Bent)
Rochdale 2 -0 Leeds United
Southampton (Clyne, Lambert, Rodriguez, Lallana) 4-3 Burnley
Southend United 4-1 Millwall
Stoke City (Jones, Adam) 2-1 Leicester City
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Crystal Palace (Gayle, Chamakh)
Wigan Athletic 3-3 MK Dons
Yeovil Town 4-0 Leyton Orient

Postponed Bournemouth v Burton Albion; Charlton Athletic v Oxford United

Third-round fixtures

Sunday 5 January (GMT)

Midday Nottingham Forest v West Ham United
2pm Sunderland
v Carlisle United
2.15pm Derby County v Chelsea
3pm Liverpool
v Oldham Athletic
3pm Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle
4.30pm Manchester United v Swansea City

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Key Points

  • Arsenal beat Spurs 2-0 in FA Cup third round
  • Crystal Palace and Cardiff win all-Premier League ties
  • Everton, Hull, Southampton and Stoke also triumphant against lower-league opposition