Thursday, January 18, 2024

FA Cup

Third Round FA Cup replays involving seven Premier League clubs took place during the week. Tuesday saw the biggest surprise to date when Bristol City eliminated West Ham. The Hammers managed only one shot on target in each half versus their second-tier opponent. Bristol City scored in just the third minute of play and the Hammers went down to ten men on a 51st minute Said Benrahma red card. The deficit proved too much to overcome for a West Ham side which was already playing without injured stars Jarrod Bowen and Lucas Paqueta. Mohammed Kudus, meanwhile, is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Bristol City now moves on to face Nottingham Forest after the Tricky Trees were 3-2 winners in their replay at Blackpool. Forest relinquished a two-goal lead as Blackpool equalized in the 78th minute and sent the match into extra time. Then it was Chris Wood to the rescue for the Trees as the New Zealand striker won the match with his goal in the 110th minute of play. The two-leg tie proved one of the best of the third round with Forest having scrabbled back from a two-goal deficit of its own in the first leg at the City Ground to force a second chance at Blackpool.

Luton Town spotted its opponent an early goal before coming back to beat League One side Bolton in a 2-1 final. The Hatters advanced to the fourth round for a fourth consecutive season after Chiedozie Ogbene struck the winner in the 57th minute.

Luton Town will face Everton in the next round after the Toffees eliminated Crystal Palace 1-0 on Wednesday. An Andres Gomes goal from a free kick in the 42nd minute sent the Toffees into the fourth round against the Hatters.

The other replay involving a matchup of two Premier League sides saw Wolverhampton defeat Brentford 3-2 on Tuesday. Wolves had to work hard to overcome the Bees. Down 2-1, Wolverhampton tied the match on a Nathan Fraser goal in the 72nd minute. A penalty kick in extra time by Matheus Cunha then put Wolverhampton through to the fourth round to face former Premier League side West Brom.

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