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The FA Cup Story 2016: Third Round

16 May 2016


FA Cup Third Round - 64 teams remaining.

PALACE'S PATH
Saturday 9th January
Southampton 1-2 Crystal Palace

The first hurdle of the run to the final was overcome as the Eagles knocked Southampton out for the second successive season thanks to Wilfried Zaha’s winner on the south coast in a closely fought encounter.

They went ahead on 29 minutes when Jason Puncheon cut the ball back to ex-Portsmouth man Joel Ward to fire home, but just after the break Oriol Romeu netted a rebound after Wayne Hennessey saved from Cuco Martina.

In the second half  Zaha scored a volley after Puncheon had forced Maarten Stekelenburg into a superb save, but the visitors weathered a late storm that saw Jose Fonte and Virgil van Dijk go close with headers in stoppage time, with the latter striking the post, before Hennessey saved a James Ward-Prowse free-kick to ensure Palace’s passage to round four.


UNITED'S ROUTE
Saturday 9th January
Manchester United 1-0 Sheffield United

Wayne Rooney scored a last-minute penalty as a poor Manchester United edged League One Sheffield United to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

The hosts, 47 places above their opponents in the football pyramid, had only two shots on target throughout.

Substitute Memphis Depay curled just wide in the second half, but it looked like the visitors would earn a replay.

However, after Memphis was fouled inside the area, Rooney stepped up to score and send the hosts through.


GIANTKILLINGS

With third round shocks thin on the ground, Oxford United provided the biggest when the League Two outfit beat Premier League Swansea City 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at the Kassam Stadium.

Elsewhere League Two Portsmouth knocked out Ipswich Town after a replay at Fratton Park, and Shrewsbury Town clinched a 1-0 win against Cardiff City as most of the big boys survived.


CLINGING ON

In the first tie of the round Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw against Exeter City but the Reds showed their quality to win 3-0 at Anfield in a replay, which Aston Villa also needed to overcome Wycombe Wanderers.

Palace's Jake Gray netted a superb strike to give Hartlepool United a second half lead against Derby County but Darren Bent's 85th minute strike clinched a 2-1 win for the Rams. 


LOWEST RANKED TEAM REMAINING

National League side Eastleigh were the only side from outside the Football League remaining at this stage, and only an 87th minute equaliser from Bolton Wanderers' Darren Pratley prevented them from a fourth round spot before they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat in the replay.


PREMIER LEAGUE SURVIVORS
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, Watford, West Bromwich Albion, West Ham United.

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