FA Cup (early) roundup: Chelsea, Man City dominant; Crawley smash Leeds
Two more Premier League clubs are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after Chelsea and Manchester City were thoroughly dominant in their respective third-round fixtures on Sunday, though the none of the same can be said for another top-flight side, Leeds United.
- Tottenham hammer 8th-tier Marine; Brighton survive in PKs
- Man United beat Watford; Arsenal outlast Newcastle
- Leicester cruise; West Brom fall; 6th-tier Chorley’s Cupset
- Liverpool see off scrappy Villa youngsters; Wolves handle Palace
Chelsea 4-0 Morecambe
Frank Lampard enjoyed a brief reprieve from Premier League action and the speculation surrounding his position as Chelsea manager that came with it in recent weeks. Lampard opted for a fair bit of rotation against League Two side Morecambe, and it would appear he could have made even more changes with little or no worry.
Perhaps most encouragingly of all, Kai Havertz tallied a goal and an assist — to fellow Chelsea new boy and struggler Timo Werner — in the victory at Stamford Bridge. Mason Mount also bagged a goal to celebrate his 22nd birthday in style and Callum Hudson-Odoi, another Chelsea youngster on the fringes of the first-team squad this season, scored as well.
Four goals, a clean sheet, no injuries and progression to the next round of the FA Cup. That’ll do.
Manchester City 3-0 Birmingham City
Likewise, Manchester City ran roughshod over EFL Championship side Birmingham at the Etihad Stadium, paced by an early stunner made possible by the stupendous technique of Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese attacker added his second goal of the game on the quarter-hour mark, and Man City were effectively through to the fourth round of the FA Cup already.
Phil Foden hammered a pinpoint strike from outside the penalty area for good measure and a bit of added insurance in the 33rd minute, as Pep Guardiola’s side once again looked virtually unplayable in running their current unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 games.
Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds United
Leeds United traveled to League Two side Crawley Town, who are managed by the man in the video below, and were soundly beaten by a club 62 places below them in the English football pyramid. It’s one and done in the FA Cup for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
Other FA Cup results
Bristol City 2-1 Portsmouth
Barnsley 2-0 Tranmere
Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town
Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool
Wolves 1-0 Crystal Palace
Everton 2-1 Rotherham United
Stoke City 0-4 Leicester City
Burnley 1-1 (4-3 PKs) MK Dons
Blackpool 2-2 (3-2 PKs) West Brom
Bristol Rovers 2-3 Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Cardiff City
Luton Town 1-0 Reading
Norwich City 2-0 Coventry City
Boreham Wood 0-2 Millwall
Stevenage 0-2 Swansea City
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Doncaster
Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 Preston North End
Exeter 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Manchester United 1-0 Watford
Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
Brentford 2-1 Middlesbrough
Huddersfield Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle