League Two Crawley cause an Emirates FA Cup upset as Red Devils beat Leeds United 3-0

Sunday 10 Jan 2021
Chris Martin scores the winner for Bristol City against 2008 winners Portsmouth at Ashton Gate

League Two Crawley Town staged the biggest upset in the Emirates FA Cup third round on Sunday, as they overcame Premier League side Leeds United 3-0 to book their place in Monday’s fourth and fifth round draw. 

Two goals in three second-half minutes from Nicholas Tsaroulla and Ashley Nadesan put the hosts in charge of the game, before Jordan Tunnicliffe added a third to secure the Red Devils’ first ever victory over top tier opposition in the competition. 

The defeat leaves Marcelo Bielsa still without a victory in the competition, after his side exited at the same stage last year after defeat to Arsenal. 

Manchester City secured their passage through to the fourth round, as they saw off Championship side Birmingham City 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

Bernardo Silva helped himself to an early brace against the 1956 finalists, with the second the perfect finish to a superb team move from Pep Guardiola’s side, before Phil Foden added a third just after the hour mark. 

City will be joined by Frank Lampard’s Chelsea in the hat for Monday’s draw, as the Blues saw off a spirited display from League Two Morecambe at Stamford Bridge. 

Derek Adams’ side are enjoying a stellar season in the fourth tier, but they were no match for the eight-time winners, with Mason Mount and Timo Werner both finding the net in the first half to put them on their way. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi found the net just after the interval to extend the lead even further, before Kai Havertz rounded off the scoring with ten minutes to play to seal the 4-0 success.  

Jason Steele was the hero for Brighton & Hove Albion as his four penalty saves helped the Seasiders avoid a scare against League Two Newport County.

Solly March's late strike looked to have booked Graham Potter's visitors a spot in round four but an even later Adam Webster own goal dramatically took the game to extra-time.

Nothing could separate the sides after 120 minutes but Steele's shootout heroics ensured the Premier League outfit kept their name in the hat.

Bristol City escaped an upset against 2008 winners Portsmouth at Ashton Gate, with Chris Martin scoring the winner seven minutes from time for the hosts in a 2-1 victory. 

Famara Diedhiou put the Robins ahead in the early stages with a superb strike from the edge of the area, before Callum Johnson levelled matters on the stroke of half-time. 

But Martin had the final say, as he found himself with space on the edge of the penalty area to rifle a shot into the top left corner to give his side the victory. 

It was a tight contest at Oakwell, as Barnsley and Tranmere Rovers did battle, but the Championship side managed to overcome their League Two opponents thanks to two second-half goals. 

Michal Helik got the goal that broke the deadlock ten minutes after the break in Yorkshire, before Cauley Woodrow made sure of the win late into injury time, as he converted from the spot. 

Cheltenham Town needed extra-time to overcome fellow League Two side Mansfield Town at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, as William Boyle scored the decider with ten minutes left to play against the Stags. 

The visitors had given themselves an early lead when Stephen McLaughlin found the net within the opening three minutes, before Alfie May scored a contender for goal of the round to level matters with 17 minutes left to play, as he cut in onto his right foot to curl home. 

Later in the day, Marine's FA Cup fairytale came to an end against Tottenham Hotspur, as the Premier League side came out 5-0 victors in their clash at Rossett Park. 

The eighth-tier side gave as good as they got in the early stages of the tie, before the 161 league places between the two sides eventually showed, as Carlos Vinicius helped himself to a hat-trick. 

The Brazilian star scored the first two goals for Jose Mourinho's side, before compatriot Lucas Moura added a third with an expertly executed free kick. 

Vinicius then earned himself the match ball on the stroke of half-time, as he produced a sumptuous lob which looped perfectly over the helpless Bayleigh Passant in the hosts' goal. 

16-year-old Alfie Devine came off the bench at the break to become Spurs' youngest ever first team player, and capped off a memorable debut by scoring on the hour mark to round off the scoring, although the Northern Premier League Division One North West leave the competition with their heads held high.   



By FA Staff