Seven ties kicked off at 12:30pm on Saturday as football’s favourite weekend of the year returns
It’s football’s favourite weekend of the year – the FA Cup third round.
Seven ties kicked off at 12:30pm on Saturday, with a round-up of all the action below…
Manchester United 2-0 Reading
First-half goals from Juan Mata and Romelu Lukau secured United’s pathway to the fourth round of the competition at the expense of Championship strugglers Reading at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men made the breakthrough on 22 minutes – with the assistance of the video assistant referee system.
United initially had a goal disallowed for offside against midfielder Fred, only for referee Stuart Attwell to consult with VAR via his earpiece and award a penalty for a foul on Mata in the build-up.
The Spaniard stepped up and calmly converted the spot-kick, sending keeper Anssi Jaakkola the wrong way.
The Royals were dealt a hammer blow at the end of the first half, with Lukaku getting on the end of an Alexis Sanchez through ball before rounding Jaakkola and doubling United’s advantage.
Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton
The only all-Premier League clash of the day saw Chris Hughton’s men come out on top against an error-ridden Bournemouth.
The hosts dominated the first half hour as Lys Mousset missed an open goal for Eddie Howe’s men.
They made to pay for that, with Anthony Knockaert drilling the Seagulls in front before Yves Bissouma added a second three minutes later, beating Artur Boruc from 30 yards.
The Cherries pulled one back after the break through Marc Pugh’s superb strike, but an unmarked Florin Andone wrapped up victory for Brighton by heading in on 64 minutes.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Luton
League One Luton held hosts Sheffield Wednesday to a goalless draw to earn an FA Cup third-round replay.
Steven Fletcher went close twice for the hosts, who are currently mid table in the Championship.
Shrewsbury 1-1 Stoke
Peter Crouch’s equaliser spared Stoke City’s blushes in the FA Cup third round at League One Shrewsbury Town.
The former England striker volleyed in from close range shortly after coming off the bench.
Ollie Norburn had put Shrewsbury ahead from the penalty spot deep into first-half stoppage-time after Tom Edwards fouled Aaron Amadi-Holloway in the box.
Burnley 1-0 Barnsley
Chris Wood’s injury-time penalty clinched the Clarets place in the fourth round of the competition.
The League One promotion chasers put in an impressive display, but were undone right at the death.
West Brom 1-0 Wigan
Bakary Sako’s first goal for the Baggies was enough for them to see off Championship rivals Wigan.
In a third-round tie between two under-strength sides, Sako headed the only goal of the game on 31 minutes to book a place in Monday’s draw and knock out the 2013 winners.
West Ham 2-0 Birmingham
Andy Carroll scored his first goal since April as West Ham earned a place in the FA Cup fourth round with a win over Championship play-off hopefuls Birmingham.
The Hammers striker came on as a 19th-minute substitute for the injured goalscorer Marko Arnautovic – who had given the hosts the lead after just two minutes.
Garry Monk’s men had several opportunities to draw level before Carroll’s decisive late header send them crashing out of the competition.
Source : TalkSport