On Saturday, the majority of the FA Cup third round ties took place. The FA Cup third round, of course, kicked off on Friday night, if you missed what happened in Friday’s action there is a recap here.
However, here is what happened in Saturday’s FA Cup third round ties:
League Two Coventry City pulled off the shock of the third round by recording a 2-1 win over Premier League strugglers Stoke City. The defeat led to the Potters sacking boss Mark Hughes.
The visitors dominated possession, but the Sky Blues still came out on top. The home side took the lead on 24 minutes through a Jordan Willis effort. The Potters equalised on 54 minutes, as experienced midfielder Charlie Adam scored from the penalty spot.
However, Coventry regained the lead on 68 minutes. Young full-back Jack Grimmer produced a superb solo run before firing home. The defeat was the final straw for the Potters hierarchy, who dispensed with the services of Hughes.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola fielded a strong team against the Clarets and it paid off with passage into the fourth round.
The visitors took the lead on 25 minutes through striker Ashley Barnes. City were back in the game early in the second half courtesy of a quick-fire double from striker Sergio Aguero.
Leroy Sane slide home the Citizens third on 71 minutes, before setting up summer signing Bernardo Silva for the fourth of the game.
The victory means that Guardiola’s side still have a chance of recording an unprecedented quadruple this season.
Middlesbrough recorded a rather comfortable victory over their north east rivals at the Riverside Stadium. Tony Pulis’ side scored first-half goals through strikers Rudy Gestede and Martin Braithwaite. The injury-hit Black Cats could not find any way back into the game and Chris Coleman’s side now needs to refocus their attention on surviving relegation.
League One Fleetwood Town picked up a respectable goalless draw against Premier League Leicester City. The home side actually looked the more likely to win the game but will be content with a replay at the King Power Stadium.
The Premier League outfit eased past their League Two opponents at St James Park. Spanish striker Ayoze Perez scored a brace from close-range on 30 and 36 minutes before midfielder Jonjo Shelvey added a third on 39 minutes. The Hatters got a goal back early in the second period through striker Danny Hylton, but it was little more than a consolation for the visitors.
Premier League Watford saw off potentially dangerous Championship opponents Bristol City at Vicarage Road. Winger Andre Carrillo opened the scoring in the first half, with Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue scoring in the second half.
Championship Norwich City managed to hold reigning Premier League champions Chelsea at Carrow Road. The Blues produced a rather lacklustre display in Norfolk. Danny Drinkwater and Willian had the Blues best chances. However, the Canaries held on for a replay at Stamford Bridge.
Championship leaders Wolves and Premier League strugglers Swansea played out a goalless draw at Molineux, with both teams’ priorities elsewhere. Bith teams were reduced ten men during the game, with Ruben Vinagre seeing red for Wolves, while Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer was also dismissed. Neither team will have wanted a replay at the Liberty Stadium.
Who recorded the win of the day in Saturday’s FA Cup action?