Maxime Biamou and Dan Fitchett scored second-time half stoppage goals as Sutton United caused a huge Emirates FA Cup upset by knocking out local rivals AFC Wimbledon 3-1 in their third round replay at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.
And, on a famous night for non-league football, Nathan Arnold struck in the 91st minute as Lincoln City paid the perfect tribute to former manager Graham Taylor by downing Championship side Ipswich Town and joined Sutton in round four.
Wimbledon led for much of their contest through Tom Elliott’s 10th-minute towering header, but a red card for Paul Robinson five minutes later kept Sutton hopeful.
The Emirates FA Cup
- Third Round Replays
- Tuesday 17 January 2017
- By Charlie Bennett
Roarie Deacon equalised with 15 minutes left for the National League side with a fine strike from outside the box, giving them hope of extra time and penalties.
But Biamou had other ideas as he tapped home in the 90th minute to send the visiting fans crazy.
League One side Wimbledon pushed forwards, but Sutton picked them off on the counter-attack as Fitchett smashed the ball home from outside the box to cap off an historic night for the club and book a fourth round home tie with Leeds United.
Lincoln followed suit in front of the BBC TV cameras. The night began with tributes to former manager Taylor, who died last week aged 72.
He was the last man to take the Imps to the last 32 of the FA Cup in 1975-76 and Arnold ensured the National League leaders would return as he rounded Dean Gerken and coolly slotted the ball in for the game’s only goal.
The hosts had the better chances during the match but failed to break down an out-of-sorts Ipswich, with Alex Woodyard and Luke Waterfall going close in the first half.
Ipswich, who sit 14th in the Championship table, were expected to improve after the break but that did not materialise and when a Tom Lawrence corner was cleared by Lincoln’s defence, Arnold was played through on goal and fired home as he set up a fourth round tie with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Elsewhere, Christian Benteke came off the bench to send Crystal Palace through to the next round with two goals in a 2-1 home win over Bolton Wanderers.
James Henry had given the visitors the lead but Benteke headed in his first and fired in a second to give manager Sam Allardyce victory against his former club and set up a fourth round clash with Manchester City.
Burnley’s fine home form continued as they saw off Premier League strugglers Sunderland 2-0 at Turf Moor.
Sam Vokes and Andre Gray struck either side of the break and they advance to meet Bristol City, who scrapped past Fleetwood Town 1-0 courtesy of Jamie Paterson’s 17th-minute strike.
Blackpool also reached round four as they scored a late extra-time winner to knock out Barnsley at Oakwell and set up a tie with Blackburn Rovers.
Kelvin Mellor gave the visitors a half-time lead before Angus McDonald equalised to take the tie to extra time, where Bright Samuel drove home the winner.