Saints march on as Spurs stage FA Cup comeback

 Shane Long scored the winner as Premier League high-flyers Southampton saw off second-tier Ipswich Town 1-0 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday.

AFP| Last Updated: Jan 15, 2015, 09:22 AM IST
Saints march on as Spurs stage FA Cup comeback

London: Shane Long scored the winner as Premier League high-flyers Southampton saw off second-tier Ipswich Town 1-0 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday.

Victory saw the Saints, third in the Premier League, book a fourth-round tie at home to top-flight rivals Crystal Palace -- a side now managed by former Southampton boss Alan Pardew.

Meanwhile Mauricio Pochettino, another ex-Southampton manager, had a night to remember as his Tottenham Hotspur team came from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 4-2 at White Hart Lane to set up another all-top division Cup clash, at home to basement club Leicester.

Elsewhere, third-tier Bradford defeated second division Millwall 4-0 as the Bantams booked a glamour tie away to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Ipswich had done well to hold Southampton, third in the Premier League, to a 1-1 draw at St Mary`s and the 1978 FA Cup-winners had an early effort from Stephen Hunt disallowed for offside. 

It needed an opportunist strike from Long to give south coast side Southampton, fresh from their morale-boosting win away to Manchester United -- the team they beat to win the 1976 FA Cup final -- the lead in the 19th minute at a windswept Portman Road.

Saints` James Ward-Prowse burst through the middle only to be dispossessed by an excellent sliding tackle from Ipswich`s Tommy Smith.

But as the loose ball squirted away to the right of the area, Republic of Ireland striker Long let fly with a first-time shot for what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

"It was a tough game," Long told the BBC. "It was very windy and the pitch was cut up. Ipswich are third in the Championship for a reason and it was hard."

On the stroke of half-time, Southampton -- already missing the influential Morgan Schneiderlin - saw Victor Wanyama suffer what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

But Saints manager Ronald Koeman said he had no plans to reinforce his squad by signing players during the January transfer window.

"Victor Wanyama is a pity," Koeman said. "He will have a scan tomorrow (Thursday) and we will see, but he will be missing for a few weeks.

"It is difficult. I won`t necessarily go into the transfer market, I have young lads who we can use."There was a frantic start in north London with three goals inside the opening 10 minutes at White Hart Lane.

Marvin Sordell gave visitors Burnley a third-minute lead and five minutes later the Clarets, who held Spurs to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor, were 2-0 ahead when Ross Wallace`s 25-yard free-kick took a huge deflection off Roberto Soldado and beat the wrong-footed Michel Vorm.

But within minutes Spurs, who beat Burnley to win the 1962 FA Cup final, had pulled a goal back.

Andros Townsend`s cross was nodded on by Soldado and Paulinho took the ball on his chest before unleashing a half-volley.

Spurs equalised on the stroke of half-time through Etienne Capoue before two goals early in the second half, a header from Vlad Chriches and Danny Rose`s close-range strike, completed the comeback.

Afterwards, Pochettino said his side had been involved in a "strange game".

"It was a very interesting game," he said. "It was a strange game.

"It was key to go in at half-time at 2-2. The team has shown character and faith...I am happy they showed character because that is important."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche added: "It was a good game for the neutral. We came here to win but it was a game of mistakes from us."

In Yorkshire, Bradford added to the pressure on Millwall manager Ian Holloway, whose side are battling to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Bradford were 3-0 up before the interval thanks to goals from James Hanson, Jon Stead and Andy Halliday before Billy Knott added a fourth early in the second half.