FA Cup Recap: Joy For Reds & Blues, Spurs Struggle

Oluwole Ola

It was a memorable weekend of FA Cup third round action.

Liverpool ensured Everton will end another season without silverware, while Manchester United struggled to create any meaningful chances in their goalless draw with Wolves.

A youthful Liverpool starting XI, which was without captain Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah beat a strong Everton side 1-0 at Anfield.

The Toffees, who are still without a win at Anfield since 1999, had the better of the first-half with no.2 goalkeeper Adrian forced into three saves. However, the Reds dominated the second-half as 18-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones curled home a stunning 20-yard strike to win it for the hosts.

Lucas Moura kept Tottenham in the competition as he prevented a third-round shock at the hands of Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

Elsewhere, Callum Hudson-Odoi fired a confidence-boosting first Chelsea goal in four months as the Blues saw off Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old England forward drilled home the opener then had a hand in Ross Barkley’s facile finish as Frank Lampard’s side coasted into the fourth round.

While Wayne Rooney helped Derby cause an upset at Crystal Palace to reach the FA Cup fourth round on an afternoon where the pitchside monitor was used for the first time in England.

Referee Michael Oliver watched a replay of an incident between home captain Luka Milivojevic and Tom Huddlestone and overruled his original decision of a yellow card to send off the Eagles skipper midway through the second half.

One-time Palace loanee Chris Martin scored the only goal against his former club and it proved enough to dump Roy Hodgson’s side out of the competition following a 1-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

In the penultimate game of the FA Cup third round, with Arsenal hosting high-flying Leeds on Monday, West Ham scored twice in the final 16 minutes to secure a 2-0 win over Gillingham.

Sunday’s results

Charlton 0-1 West Brom

Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

Crewe 1-3 Barnsley

Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham

QPR 5-1 Swansea

Sheff Utd 2-1 Fylde

Bristol Rovers 2-2 Coventry

Burton 2-4 Northampton

Crystal Palace 0-1 Derby

Liverpool 1-0 Everton

Gillingham 0-2 West Ham

 

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