LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Detail of the FA Cup trophy during The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
UK – The Fourth Round of the FA Cup saw Maidstone United of the National League South produce a ‘giant killing’ as they defeated the Championship side Ipswich Town.
Maidstone United shock Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town could be playing in the Premier League next season but they were pegged back to earth as Maidstone United of the sixth tier of English football defeated them 2-1 at Portman Road.
The team from Kent needed their goalkeeper Lucas Covolan to thank for many crucial saves throughout the match. However, Maidstone took their opportunities when they came about.
Lamar Reynolds scored an exquisite chip to put the National League South Side ahead. However, Jeremy Sarmiento equalised with a deflected shot. Sam Corne -who scored Maidstone’s winner against Stevenage- netted the winner in the 66th minute.
Maidstone has down remarkably well in the FA Cup this season but has not been rewarded in the draw for the next round. George Elokobi‘s side could have got a more glamorous tie but they will have to make do with facing Sheffield Wednesday or Coventry City.
Newport County impress against Manchester United
Nothing seems to run smoothly at Manchester United right now. Marcus Rashford was reportedly out in Belfast this week and missed training, so he did not feature against Newport County last weekend.
Eric ten Hag‘s side got the job done against the Welsh side but it was far from comfortable. Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo gave the Red Devils a two-goal advantage. However, Newport drew level thanks to goals from Bryn Morris and Will Evans.
Eventually, the gap in quality between the Premier League side and the League Two side showed. Antony and Rasmus Hojlund, ensured United won the game 4-2. Next up for ten Hag’s side in the cup will be Bristol City or Nottingham Forest.
A feisty encounter between West Brom and Wolves
Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at the Hawthorns, thanks to goals from Matheus Cunha and Pedro Neto. However, the talking point from the game was off-the-field matters.
The game had to be stopped due to crowd trouble, the match is a Black Country derby but scenes such as these are not what you would expect at a football game in 2024.
Gary O’Neil‘s side will play Brighton & Hove Albion next in the competition. The Seagulls defeated fellow Premier League side Sheffield United 5-2.
Best of the rest
Jurgen Klopp shocked Liverpool fans last week as he announced he would leave the club at the end of this season. However, this seemed to galvanise the Anfield crowd as the Reds defeated Norwich City 5-2. Liverpool will play Watford or Southampton in the next round.
Defending champions Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Nathan Ake. Pep Guardiola‘s side travel to Luton Town next in the competition.
The fifth round will get underway the week of February 26.
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