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Leeds fight on as Wigan survive County scare

Last Updated: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:56

London: Leeds United`s thrilling FA Cup
adventure goes on after a penalty equaliser in the sixth
minute of injury time ensured Simon Grayson`s side took
Tottenham to a fourth round replay.

Jermaine Beckford, Leeds` match-winner in their third
round victory over Manchester United, was the hero again,
coolly converting the spot-kick yesterday to earn the League
One (third division) side a 2-2 draw and a second chance of
reaching the last 16.

Notts County also lived to fight another day after coming
within seven minutes of a classic giant-killing act before
being forced to settle for a 2-2 draw with Premier League club
Wigan.

Holders Chelsea eased into the fifth round at the expense
of Preston while Reading followed up their elimination of
Liverpool in the last round by accounting for another Premier
League side, Burnley.

But there was no doubt that the biggest drama of the day
came at White Hart Lane, where Leeds looked dead and buried
until Michael Dawson was adjudged to have brought down
Beckford deep into injury time.

The striker had cancelled out Peter Crouch`s opener for
Spurs early in the second half but Leeds had appeared to be on
their way out after Roman Pavlyuchenko came off the bench to
restore the hosts` lead a quarter of an hour from the end.

In the end though Spurs were left to rue their failure to
capitalise on their dominance in an opening spell in which
Jermain Defoe failed to convert a penalty of his own.

Notts County, who are threatened with bankruptcy because
of an unpaid tax bill, were on track for a famous win over
Wigan after opening up a two-goal first-half lead through
former West Brom striker Lee Hughes and Ben Davies.

But the League Two (fourth division) side allowed Wigan
back into the contest through Jason Scotland and Ben Watson`s
83rd-minute equaliser sent the tie to a replay.

County`s caretaker manager, Dave Kevan, said: "I thought
the lads were fantastic, but when we look at it again in the
cold light of day, we`ll have mixed feelings. They know
they`ve had a great opportunity to cause an upset, and sadly
that hasn`t quite developed."

County`s League Two counterparts Accrington Stanley, the
lowest-ranked club left in the tournament, went down to a 3-1
defeat by Fulham after having Darran Kempson sent off just
before half-time.

At that stage, the tiny Lancashire club were matching
their Premier League guests with Michael Symes having
cancelled out Erik Nevland`s opener for Fulham.

But the home side tired after the break and Damien Duff
and Zoltan Gera sent the Londoners through.

"They made life very difficult for us," Fulham boss Roy
Hodgson admitted. "But in the second half we showed them more
of our qualities and ended up winning the game relatively
comfortably."

Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge struck either side of
half-time as Chelsea advanced to the last 16 with a 2-0 win
over struggling Championship side Preston North End.

Reading ensured they joined them in Sunday`s fifth round
draw when Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson scored an
87th-minute winner against Burnley.

Birmingham extended their unbeaten run to 15 matches with
a 2-1 win at Everton. Christian Benitez and Barry Ferguson
gave Alex McLeish`s on-form side a first-half lead and despite
pulling a goal back through Leon Osman, Everton were unable to
conjure up an equaliser.

Portsmouth gained some relief from their on and
off-the-field woes by coming from behind to beat Sunderland
2-1.

Darren Bent had given Sunderland the lead and the match
was briefly interrupted by protesting fans running on to the
pitch.

But a double from Nigerian striker John Utaka ensured the
Pompey supporters departed Fratton Park in better spirits.

Aston Villa followed up their advance to the League Cup
final with a 3-2 defeat of Gus Poyet`s Brighton. Nathan
Delfouneso, Ashley Young and Fabian Delph were on the
scoresheet for Martin O`Neill`s men.

Bolton registered their first win under Owen Coyle by
beating Sheffield United 2-0 at the Reebok.

But Wolves must replay with Crystal Palace after being
held to 2-2 draw at home to the on-form Championship side.

West Brom beat Championship promotion rivals Newcastle
4-2 in an entertaining clash at the Hawthorns while Cardiff
City beat Leicester by the same scoreline.

Derby edged Doncaster 1-0 and Roy Keane`s Ipswich went
down to a 2-1 defeat at League One Southampton.

Arsenal face a potentially awkward fourth round tie at
Stoke on Sunday, which also sees Manchester City travel to
Scunthorpe.

Bureau Report



First Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 10:56

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