Paul Mullin scored in extra time to lift League One side Tranmere Rovers over a much-weakened Watford in a FA Cup replay at Prenton Park on Thursday.
Tranmere runs out a 2-1 winner and gets a lucrative home date against struggling Manchester United on Sunday.
The pitch condition still wasn’t great nine days after heavy rains caused a postponement of the tie.
Watford didn’t have many familiar faces on the pitch due to the match being its third match in six days. Jose Holebas, Andre Gray, and Christian Kabasele did start the contest.
Tranmere out-attempted Watford 20-11 and had nearly 60 percent of the ball.
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Kaylen Hinds scored for Watford, his first goal coming in his first match since 2017/18 when the ex-Arsenal academy man was with… Greuther Furth II.
Tranmere took the lead after Manny Monthe swept a ball home after a half-clearance from the box (Can anything be a half-clearance? Self-reporting to the language police).
Manager Nigel Pearson playing a bevy of youth players. The first team will now get nine more days off before a Feb. 1 visit from Everton.
Of course, they would’ve featured Sunday versus Manchester United in the fourth round.
Watford leveled the score on a grimy goal in the 18, but Mullin delivered the goods in the 104th minute.
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.
The FA Cup third round kicks off on Friday, as the Premier League clubs get ready to enter the knockout competition.
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Tottenham Hostpur head to fourth-tier Tranmere Rovers (kick off, 2:45 p.m. ET) and hope to not be upset, but Mauricio Pochettino has not taken the FA Cup seriously since he has been in England and that will continue.
Spurs’ manager has said he only wants to win the Premier League or the UEFA Champions League, and with a big League Cup semifinal coming up against Chelsea next week, this is not high on the priority list for Spurs.
As for Tranmere, they are chugging along nicely in League Two as they sit in ninth place in their first season back in the Football League after promotion from the fifth tier. They’ve had to get through replays in both the first and second rounds against non-league opponents to make the third round.
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Below are the lineups, as Spurs have selected a fairly strong team with Dele Alli wearing the captains armband.
Is this the greatest comeback of all time?
National League side Tranmere Rovers — who were relegated from League Two last season — trailed Barrow AFC 3-1 entering the final minute of regulation on Saturday in England’s fifth-tier.
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Then they scored not once, not twice but three times to seal an amazing comeback win and stun the home fans and sent the small section of away fans behind the goal delirious.
Watch the amazing moments play out in the video above.