Oldham, Barnet and Newport make headlines in Emirates FA Cup third round

Sunday 06 Jan 2019
Oldham Athletic players celebrate a famous win at Fulham

Newport County stunned Leicester City by beating the 2016 Premier League champions in third round of the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

Jamille Matt headed the Exiles in front but Rachid Ghezzai levelled for the visitors on 82.

But when Marc Albrighton handled Vashon Neufville’s left-sided cross just three minutes later, referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot and Padraig Amond converted the resulting penalty to send Rodney Parade wild.

Newport’s victory will deservedly take the headlines but it wasn’t the only shock on a pulsating Sunday of Cup action.

Barnet are the only non-League side left in the competition after the Bees knocked out Sheffield United thanks to Shaquile Coulthirst’s 21st-minute penalty.

And Fulham became the fourth Premier League side to exit the Cup at the hands of lower league opponents this weekend following their 2-1 defeat by Oldham Athletic.

Denis Odoi put the Cottagers ahead but Oldham battled back with goals from Sam Surridge and Callum Lang.


Elsewhere, QPR and Millwall edged out Championship rivals Leeds United and Hull City respectively, Watford ended Woking’s dreams, Doncaster Rovers won 3-1 at Preston North End and there was a resounding 7-0 win for Manchester City over Rotherham United.

The fourth round draw will take place at Molineux on Monday night.

Facts and stats:

  • Newport’s 2-1 victory against Leicester was their first FA Cup win against a side from the top tier of English football since beating Sheffield Wednesday in the third round of the 1963-64 edition, ending a run of seven matches against such opponents without a win (D3 L4).
  • Leicester have been eliminated from The FA Cup by a side in the fourth tier or lower for the first time since non-League Harlow Town knocked out the Foxes in a third round replay during the 1979-80 season.
  • This is the first time two top-flight sides have been knocked out of The FA Cup by teams from the fourth tier or below on the same day since 7 January 1989, when Middlesbrough were beaten by Grimsby (fourth tier) and Coventry City by Sutton United (non-League).
  • Jamille Matt has scored in five of his six starts in the Emirates FA Cup since his first in November 2016 (five goals).
  • Oldham Athletic have won an FA Cup tie away from home against Premier League opposition for the first time since they beat Everton 1-0 in January 2008.
  • Manchester City have scored seven goals in an FA Cup tie for the first time since they beat Reading 7-0 in January 1968.
  • Today was Rotherham United’s heaviest defeat in The FA Cup, overtaking their 6-0 loss to Brighton in February 1960.
  • Millwall are now unbeaten in their last eight FA Cup ties at The Den (W7 D1), scoring 19 goals in this time.
  • Sheffield United have lost a home tie in The FA Cup to non-League opposition for the first time since Darlington beat them 1-0 in January 1911.
  • Barnet's Shaquile Coulthirst has scored four goals in his last five starts in The FA Cup proper.
By FA Staff