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FA Cup roundup: Wolves come back to beat Shrewsbury Town, and more

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For the second time, Shrewsbury Town was leading one of the top 20 clubs in Britain before conceding to tie the score. This time, they couldn’t hold on.

Ivan Cavaleiro’s second half goal put the finishing touches on a Wolverhampton Wanderers comeback as Wolves defeated Shrewsbury Town, 3-2, in a Fifth Round FA Cup replay. Matt Doherty, who assisted on the game-winner, scored Wolves’ first two goals in the first half.

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Wolves got off to a perfect start when Doherty poked home at the far post in the second minute to give the hosts the lead. But in the 11th minute, Shrewsbury struck back as James Bolton headed home off a corner kick.

Shrewsbury took a shock lead yet again as Josh Laurent’s strike was mishandled by Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy and it slipped into the net in the 40th minute. Five minutes later, Doherty saved the day for Wolves, heading a mistimed-clearance in to tie the match at 2-2.

In the 62nd minute, Cavaliero, fed by Doherty, cut through the Shrewsbury defense and scored to give Wolves a lead they would hold on to.

Elsewhere, League Two side Newport County stunned Championship club Middlesbrough, 2-0, advancing to host Manchester City in the fifth round.


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Brentford 3-1 Barnet

Newport 2-0 Middlesborough

QPR 2-0 Portsmouth

Brentford, Barnet settle for draw in six-goal FA Cup thriller

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The Hive was buzzing with excitement as the Battle of the B’s lived up to and beat most expectations of the FA Cup match.

In the lone match at the end of the FA Cup fourth round, Barnet held Brentford to a 3-3 draw on the road, setting up a replay next week in Barnet. After Brentford took a 1-0 lead into halftime, the game exploded with five second half goals, as both Barnet and then Brentford took leads, only for Barnet to tie the match late.

Shaquile Coulthirst scored a pair of goals for Barnet while Dan Sparkes’ free kick tied the match for Barnet at 3-3 with 15 minutes to go. Ollie Watkins, Neal Maupay, and Sergi Canos each scored for Brentford.

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Amazingly, Barnet sits in 17th in the National League, England’s fifth division, while Brentford is much higher, in the Championship. However, Brentford has also been struggling in league play, sitting in 18th place. The game, perhaps, showed that the distance between the Championship and National Division isn’t as big as people think.

Even without as many goals, there was plenty of end to end action in the first half. Moses Odubajo nearly out Brentford up early with a strike off the post, but Watkins made Barnet pay with a long-range strike in the 40th minute.

The National League wife leveled up the score just five minutes into the second half through Coulthirst. Three minutes later, it was Coulthirst again finishing on a goalmouth scramble and putting the Championship side down a goal.

However, Brentford began their comeback in the 60th minute after Watkins was tripped up in the box. Maupay calmly scored to tie the score at 2-2. Brentford then took the lead in the 72nd minute as Canos dribbled through the Barnet defense and finished with aplomb.

But the heroics were saved for Sparkes three minutes later, as he tied the game with a brilliant free kick.

Arsenal 1-3 Man United: Lukaku shines as Sanchez haunts old club

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Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring against his former club, Romelu Lukaku reprised the right-wing role he found success at for his country at the World Cup this summer, and Manchester United eased by Arsenal in the FA Cup 4th round by a 3-1 scoreline.

Arsenal’s injury woes deepened as Sokratis came down from an aerial challenge awkwardly on his ankle inside the opening 20 minutes, and while he tried to stay on after lengthy treatment, he was eventually forced off, replaced by Shkodran Mustafi.

After the forced change, Manchester United seemed to hold much of the meaningful possession, and the visitors took advantage of an Arsenal mistake at the back. Lukaku received the ball at the top of the box, and no fewer than four Arsenal defenders stepped to challenge him on the ball. That left acres of space behind the stepping defenders, which Sanchez filled with a perfectly timed run, allowing Lukaku to feed him with a through-ball

Just moments later, Manchester United struck with the second barrel, as Jesse Lingard doubled the lead. On the break, Laurent Koscielny attempted to catch Lukaku offside down the right flank, but his trap was late and it sprung the Belgian down the wing. Triggering a three-on-two break, Lukaku cut across to Lingard standing all alone at the penalty spot, and the England international finished cooly for a 2-0 lead.

Arsenal found a way back just before halftime as Aaron Ramsey barged into the United box and tapped across the face of goal. The ball was out of reach of Alexandre Lacazette, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on hand at the far post to poke it in past Sergio Romero. Just seconds after the break, Arsenal nearly equalized but Aaron Ramsey’s header was acrobatically tipped over the bar by a great Romero save.

Past the hour mark, as Arsenal pushed hard for an equalizer, the Gunners lost yet another defender as Koscielny went down and required lengthy treatment before coming off. Ole Gunner Solskjaer made tactical changes of his own for the stretch run, taking off Lukaku and Sanchez in favor of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Manchester United weathered the storm and put the game away in the 82nd minute on the break. Paul Pogba picked Arsenal’s pocket in the middle third and broke at pace the other direction. Despite a pair of options open on either flank, Pogba shot on Petr Cech‘s net, with the Czech parrying the effort. He pushed it right into the path of Martial, and the substitute bagged the decisive goal.

The match nearly boiled over in the final minutes as Sead Kolasinac and Marcus Rashford went head-to-head, but neither did enough to earn a sending-off, with both given yellows. After a lengthy stoppage time, the win for Manchester United gave Solskjaer his eighth win in succession across all competitions to start his Red Devils tenure. For Arsenal, after winning the FA Cup two years ago, they’ve not been eliminated early in each of the last two seasons, falling last year in the 3rd round to Nottingham Forest, with this year’s defeat coming in the 4th round.

Pochettino says he brought Harry Kane on up 6-0 ‘out of respect’

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Mauricio Pochettino was asked why he brought Harry Kane off the bench with a 6-0 lead and 15 minutes remaining in their FA Cup third round matchup against fourth-tier Tranmere Rovers.

“It was respect,” Pochettino said in his post-match press conference. “Respect the people, respect the opponent.”

Some might call it class, while others might consider a move like that pouring it on. Nonetheless, Pochettino was thinking about the fans, and even the opposing players. He felt it was necessary to allow them to enjoy seeing Kane play.

“They’re not going to have many chances to see Harry Kane play here in a competition like the FA Cup,” Pochettino said. “For different reasons I decided to make a change and put Kane on the pitch but one of them is that it’s important to show respect to the people here so they could see Harry Kane, who is an icon in English football. It is difficult in that division to see it. It was important to see him in action.”

It’s likely that Pochettino’s “different reasons” include getting Kane some game time, and working on different tactics with such a healthy lead. He ended up scoring Tottenham’s 7th and final goal of the match in the 82nd minute.

Pochettino has not been shy about Kane’s minutes this season, as the England international has appeared in every Premier League game so far, accumulating nearly 1,800 minutes. Across all competitions, Kane has nearly 2,400 minutes in 28 total appearances.

Spurs obliterate Tranmere 7-0 to reach FA Cup fourth round

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League Two side Tranmere Rovers was no match for Tottenham Hotspur as the Premier League club powered its way into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a dominating 7-0 win.

Fernando Llorente had a hat-trick while Serge Aurier scored a brace, and Heung-Min Son bagged one goal to go along with his two assists. 18-year-old academy product Oliver Skipp was also excellent, picking up a pair of second-half assists.

It took Spurs 40 minutes to find the scoresheet, but they did as Aurier opened the Spurs account. The Ivorian dispossessed Mark Ellis in the attacking third and let rip an absolutely beautiful 20-yard strike that found the top-right corner. With the 1-0 halftime score in the bag, Spurs poured it on in the second half with Llorente taking over, first finding the back of the net just three minutes out of the break.

Heung-Min Son made it 2-0, taking the ball all the way from the halfway line in the 57th minute and bursting down to the by-line on the left before cutting in from a tight angle on a low shot that Tranmere goalkeeper Scott Davieson will want back. Aurier grabbed his second in the 55th minute after being played in by great hold-up play from Son, taking it to 3-0.

Llorente’s second came in the 71st minute on a beautiful pass from Skipp down the middle, slicing the two Tranmere center-backs in half and leaving the Spaniard all alone to finish past Davieson. He bagged his hat-trick a minute later on a simple tap-in, finishing a cross from Lucas Moura. Harry Kane added a seventh, coming on for Llorente with 15 minutes to go and scoring seven minutes later.