FA Cup wrap: Reading springs upset; Everton, Watford win, Arsenal to replay
A fairly sleepy day of FA Cup action saw West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth booted from the competition while fellow Premier League sides Everton and Watford moved on.
Reading is the upset hero of the round after a big win over West Brom that was marred by a postgame incident between Chris Brunt and a traveling fan who pegged him with a coin.
Bournemouth 0-2 Everton
Everton survived a scare when Joel Robles stopped Charlie Daniels’ first half penalty kick to pick up a win on the road. Ross Barkley scored a deflected goal and Romelu Lukaku later cleaned up a loose ball near the six as the Toffees moved into the final eight with a shutout win at the Vitality Stadium.
Reading 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis’ Baggies are out of the FA Cup at the hands of Championship side Reading after they threw away a lead en route to an embarrassing ouster. Darren Fletcher scored in the 54th minute, but ex-WBA man Paul McShane tied it up shortly thereafter before Chelsea loanees Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon but away the Premier League unit.
Watford 1-0 Leeds United
Ex-Manchester United man Scott Wootton scored an own goal of the worst variety, essentially passing into his own net for the only goal of a cup ouster. Quique Flores’ side moves onto the next round.
Arsenal 0-0 Hull City -- RECAP
Tigers’ goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic had a day to remember, even if both sides may’ve chosen a loss over a replay. Arsenal now has another date to add to its schedule, though it remains alive for the first FA Cup three-peat since 1886.
Still to come
Blackburn Rovers vs. West Ham United
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
Shrewsbury Town vs. Manchester United