Wycombe Wanderers nearly made the headline of the day when they led Spurs 2-0 and 3-2 at White Hart Lane, but Heung-Min Son took advantage of a baffling amount of stoppage time to earn a 4-3 win for Spurs.
Paul Hayes scored twice in the first half, the second on a questionable penalty given away by USMNT prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers, as Wycombe built a shock 2-0 lead at White Hart Lane. Yet a Heung-Min Son 60th minute goal and a Vincent Janssen penalty four minutes later knotted the tie.
All set, right? Wrong. Garry Thompson scored with just minutes to spare, only to see Spurs substitute Dele Alli knock in an equalizer. Son scored again in the sixth minute of stoppage time to set Tottenham up for the fifth round, and save Spurs a trip to Buckinghamshire.
Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City
Selhurst Park again found little joy, as Sam Allardyce‘s reign refuses to turn over. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, and Yaya Toure scored for City.
Chelsea 4-0 Brentford
Brentford has moments for the visiting crowd, but never looked like it would force a replay. Willian, Pedro, and Branislav Ivanovic scored as the Blues cruised into the fifth round. Michy Batshuayi converted a late penalty to provide the final score line.
Saturday Liverpool 1-2 Wolverhampton — RECAP Middlesbrough 1-0 Accrington Stanley Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool Burnley 2-0 Bristol City
Rochdale 0-4 Huddersfield Town Lincoln City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Spurs young backs Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers, the latter a USMNT prospect, have helped put the hosts in their hole. Onomah mishit a clearance that Paul Hayes volleyed home, and CCV conceded a penalty that Hayes finished for the 2-0 lead.
Elsewhere, Chelsea leads Brentford 2-0 on goals from Willian and Pedro. Raheem Sterling has Man City leading Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park, Burnley is up 1-0 on Bristol City, and Blackburn has a 2-0 lead on Blackpool.
Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion also lead, while several matches are 0-0.
Saints and Arsenal finish the day’s slate at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
Micah Richards scored a first-half goal into the side netting, but Wycombe won and converted a PK early in the second half to earn a replay at Villa Park. Villa will regret the replay’s congestion of its Premier League survival slate nearly as much as the draw.
The first of the day’s FA Cup third round matches, the penalty was soft and Villa was right to feel toyed with by referee Michael Oliver. Ashley Westwood left his feet to charge into Matt Bloomfield as the Wycombe man headed a ball inside the 18. Bloomfield headed the ball and Westwood’s trailing arm made contact with his opponent.
Penalty given, and Joe Jacobson beat Villa back-up backstop Mark Bunn, who was playing in place of USMNT keeper Brad Guzan.
Villa had the better of the play all match long, showing the speed gap between PL players and three divisions down, and Ayew came close to giving his team a 2-1 lead in 80th minute. Exeter City drawing a team of Liverpool reserves was one thing. Villa had a team that should’ve easily handled its business.
Monitoring the match online, I let our dogs out into the backyard early in the second half. While thinking of how I’d frame this post — “Can being on the winning end of a match jumpstart Villa?” — I returned to the TV to see that Wycombe had scored.
Suspect penalty or not, Saturday did very little to inspire confidence that Villa can summit their massive mountain to climb in the Premier League.