Shocks were the order of the day in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup as plenty of Premier League clubs fell foul of lower league opposition.
The biggest drama of the day came in the north west as League One leaders Wigan Athletic knocked West Ham out of the competition with a 2-0 win.
The 2013 winners went ahead after just seven minutes when Will Grigg’s thumping header left Joe Hart with no chance.
- Fourth Round
- Saturday 27 January 2018
- By Richard Dore
It’s been a while since Jon Stead scored for a Premier League side but he scored against one on Saturday afternoon as League Two Notts County held Swansea to a 1-1 draw in the east-midlands.
Luciano Narsingh put the Swans ahead on the stroke of half-time but 34-year-old Stead was on hand to equalise on 62 minutes, keeping up his record of scoring in every round of the competition this season.
The scoreline was the same at Huddersfield as the top-flight outfit were surprisingly held by Championship side Birmingham City.
David Wagner’s men took an early lead through Steve Mounie’s header, but were made to pay in the second period as ex-Huddersfield loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz pounced on Michael Hefele’s mistake to fire past Joel Coleman.
The midlands outfit will now host a Huddersfield side that only have two wins in their last nine matches.
Coventry City enjoyed a stellar third round in which they knocked out Premier League Stoke City, and their excellent run in the competition continued with a fourth round win away at MK Dons.
The Dons may be in the league above Coventry but it didn’t show as Maxime Biamou got the crucial goal in the 1-0 win – delighting the Sky Blues’ impressive 7,833 fans.
Elsewhere, Brighton were 1-0 winners away at Middlesbrough, Southampton beat Watford 1-0 and Millwall were held 2-2 by Rochdale.
Hull were 1-0 victors over Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United beat Preston 1-0 and Leicester had an excellent day at Peterborough – running out 5-1 winners.